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BIDMC scientist David J. Friedman, M.D., receives award from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Date:7/20/2011

ian Americans. Clearly, new diagnostic and treatment options are needed," adds Pollak.

Furthermore, says Friedman, as many as 3.5 million African Americans likely have the high risk APOL1 genotype.

"This gene increases a person's risk of developing kidney failure approximately 10-fold," he explains. "Investigating this gene is particularly challenging because only humans and a few primate species have the APOL1 gene in their genomes. Studies in patients with the disease are essential, and with this support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, we hope to develop a better understanding of the genetic and environmental influences that modify the major APOL1 risk alleles."


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Contact: Bonnie Prescott
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617-667-7306
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
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