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University of Iowa Foundation Release


May 30, 2008

National Kidney Foundation of Iowa gives $775,000 for UI research

The National Kidney Foundation of Iowa recently made a gift of $775,000 to the University of Iowa Foundation to advance kidney research in the UI Division of Nephrology.

John B. Stokes, M.D., professor and director of the Division of Nephrology, a unit of the Department of Internal Medicine in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, said the endowment established by the gift will greatly enhance the division's laboratory and clinical research.

"This gift will help us in our efforts to discover the causes of kidney disease and to search for treatments and cures," Stokes said. "We are very grateful and honored that the National Kidney Foundation of Iowa chose to direct this important gift to the University of Iowa."

The National Kidney Foundation of Iowa is one of 51 affiliates of the National Kidney Foundation, a not-for-profit, tax-exempt, national voluntary health agency serving all of Iowa and Henry, Mercer and Rock Island counties in Illinois.

The gift establishes the Battles Kidney Disease Research Fund. The gift, named in memory of the late Vivian Battles of Mount Pleasant, Iowa, was presented at Community Health Charities Iowa's "Celebrating Partnerships" event April 18 in Coralville, Iowa. UI Health Care and the National Kidney Foundation of Iowa are among the 19 health-related charities represented by Community Health Charities Iowa.

The UI Division of Nephrology provides clinical, teaching and research programs that serve individuals and families throughout the Midwest as well as nationally and internationally.

The UI acknowledges the UI Foundation as the preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the university. For more information about the UI Foundation visit

STORY SOURCE: UI Foundation, P.O. Box 4550, Iowa City, Iowa 52244-4550

MEDIA CONTACTS: Brenda Duello, 319-350-3663;; Forrest Meyer, 319-335-3305,; Writer: Nic Arp.