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Satellite Healthcare Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Norman S. Coplon Extramural Grant Program

Mar 25, 2011

San Jose, CA, March 25, 2011 — For the past decade, Satellite Healthcare has been one of the leading private providers of grants targeting researchers conducting some of the most innovative and important kidney disease research in the United States.

Each year Satellite Healthcare awards grants, which total up to $150,000 for each recipient over three years, to promising early-career researchers dedicated to undertaking critical research in the area of kidney disease and its treatment. Named after Norman S. Coplon, the Stanford nephrologist who founded Satellite Healthcare in 1973, the Norman S. Coplon Extramural Grant Program supports both bench (i.e., “basic science”) as well as clinical research.

On Saturday, April 2, 2011, Satellite Healthcare will host a special celebration in San Francisco at the JW Marriott during its annual research symposium to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the program.

“We are very excited about this year’s symposium, which marks the 10th anniversary of the program,” said Dr. Brigitte Schiller, Chief Medical Officer of Satellite Healthcare. “More than ever the funding mechanism through Satellite’s Extramural Grant Program provides much needed support to accelerate research in the field of chronic kidney disease. This research is critical to improving outcomes in our patients at a time in which our country’s healthcare system is undergoing profound changes.”

Dr. Schiller will kick off the celebration with a compelling overview of the history and achievements of the Extramural Grant Program, followed by interactive discussions with past and current award recipients including:

  • Darius L. Mason, Pharm.D., BCPS, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (2010 recipient), speaking about “Sustainability of serum [25OHD] levels, inflammatory reduction, and endothelial dysfunction after repletion with ergocalciferol in CKD Stage 5D.”
  • Sushrut S. Waikar, MD, MPH, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (2009 recipient), speaking about “Serum Sodium Concentration and Outcomes in Hemodialysis Patients.”
  • Susanne B. Nicholas, MD, Ph.D., David Geffen School of Medicine UCLA (2008 recipient), speaking about "Investigating Prevention and Mechanisms of Type 1 Diabetic Nephropathy."

Glenn Chertow, MD, MPH, professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine, will then present data from the “The FHN Trial: Implications for the Future of End Stage Renal Disease Care in the US?”

Mark Burke, CEO of Satellite Healthcare, is looking forward to the meeting. “The Extramural Grant Program is part of Satellite’s commitment to invest in the future progress of kidney disease care,” he said. “We are thrilled to connect with leading present and future researchers from across the United States.”

Members of the kidney healthcare community in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond will have the opportunity to be inspired and leave enriched by this glimpse into the history of one of the industry’s leading service providers – and the ever promising future of kidney disease care.

About Satellite Healthcare: Satellite Healthcare, Inc. is one of the nation’s first and leading providers of dialysis services and kidney disease care. With its affiliated services, Satellite WellBound, Satellite Dialysis and Satellite Research, Satellite Healthcare provides unparalleled early patient wellness education, personalized clinical services and a complete range of dialysis therapy choices. In addition, Satellite Healthcare has a deeply entrenched commitment to philanthropy, from distributing millions of dollars in research grants to sponsoring kidneys walksnationwide. Taken together, these activities enable the organization advance the standard of chronic kidney disease care so patients can achieve a better life. Better care. Better life. Better choice.

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