About UKRO & the USC/UKRO Kidney Research Center
UKRO is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit charity founded in 2002 by entertainment lawyer Kenneth Kleinberg with the help of Dr. Vito M. Campese, then Professor and Chief of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Our mission is fundraising to support medical research and education related to the causes, treatment, and eradication of all forms of kidney disease.
Since 2002, UKRO has raised significant dollars to fund cutting-edge research at the earliest stage of development, in addition to educational symposia and fellowships. Our special project grants have been awarded to nationally recognized experts from interdisciplinary labs at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, City of Hope, and UCLA.
We believe that collaboration among scientists working in a variety of fields is the key to understanding chronic kidney disease, discovering improved therapies, and finding a much-needed cure. To that end, in September 2012, UKRO entered into an agreement with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California to establish what we envision as a premier center nationally for kidney research—the USC/UKRO Kidney Research Center (KRC). We have made an initial $3.5 million pledge to support the establishment of the KRC, which officially opened in 2015. UKRO’s gift will be matched by equivalent contributions from the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Led by Kenneth Hallows, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.S.N., the research team at the KRC is exploring acute kidney injury, hypertension, polycystic kidney disease, acid regulation, kidney cancer, and more.
The Chronic Kidney Disease Crisis
Chronic kidney disease affects the general population, but is particularly prevalent among African Americans, Latinos, Asians, and Native Americans. Diabetes and hypertension are the leading causes of kidney disease. Left untreated, kidney disease can lead to permanent damage and kidney failure. It is imperative that we protect our kidney health.
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From Los Angeles Times January 29, 2009 A long-term study from University of Minnesota Medical School finds that kidney donors have normal life spans and fewer kidney problems than the general population, possibly because of careful health screening prior to donation. Kidney Donors Have a Normal Life Span, Study Finds
From AARP Magazine Nov. & Dec., 2009 Here’s a great article about Natalie Cole’s battle with Hepatitis C and kidney disease and the amazing circumstances surrounding her life-saving kidney transplant. Natalie Cole’s New Life
From U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay October 8, 2009 A long-term study of more than 15,000 people has shown that kidney patients may be able to extend their lives through exercise. Exercise Extends Life of Kidney Patients
From CNN August 6, 2009 The innovative blood procedure plasmapheresis is making transplants possible for hard-to-match African Americans in desperate need of a life-saving kidney. Great story and accompanying video on a 14-person transplant chain! Blood Procedure Allows Kidney Transplants, Can Help Minorities
From New York Times June 28, 2009 Here is an interesting article with insight into the cancer research grant system and why more funds are needed for medical research. Grant System Leaves Cancer Researchers to Play It Safe
From UCLA Today June 15, 2009 Watch this video about UCLA’s innovative and inspiring kidney transplant exchange program! Altruistic donors can make a huge difference. Two Altruistic Donors Launch Kidney Transplant Chains at UCLA