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Satellite Healthcare Announces the Recipients of the 2009 Norman S. Coplon Extramural Grants

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Satellite Healthcare, one of the nation's first and leading providers of kidney dialysis services and a major sponsor of nephrology research, today announced the recipients of the 2009 Norman S. Coplon Extramural Grant Program. Recipients of these annual grants are young scientists at leading universities and medical centers in the United States and Canada who are pursuing innovative kidney disease research projects.

"Awarding these yearly grants is very exciting for everyone, the recipients as well as the staff here at Satellite Healthcare," said Dr. John Moran, Senior Vice President of Clinical Affairs for Satellite Healthcare and WellBound. "Kidney disease affects more than 26 million Americans, with another 20 million at risk of developing the disease over their lifetime. Our intention is to empower the best and brightest of researchers."

Named for Dr. Norman S. Coplon, the founder of Satellite Healthcare, The Norman S. Coplon Extramural Grant Program is especially aimed at supporting researchers in the early stages of their careers. Grant proposals are submitted to Satellite Research, a division of Satellite Healthcare, are reviewed and ranked by the independent Satellite Scientific Advisory Board. While research topics for the grants are not restricted to any one clinical area, applicants must focus on topics that exhibit scientific merit and potential for clinical application. The Coplon Grants allow for a maximum of $50,000 per year for a maximum of three years for each recipient.

The 2009 Norman S. Coplon Extramural Grant Recipients

Satish A. Eraly, M.D., University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine

"Oat3 inhibitors as potential novel antihypertensives"

Joshua Lipschutz, M.D., University of Pennsylvania

"Gene Therapy to Treat Polycystic Kidney Disease"

Walter Mutter, M.D., Beth Israel

"The Role of Soluble Erythropoetin Receptor in Dialysis Patients"

Patrick H. Pun, M.D., Duke University

"Identification of Modifiable Risk Factors for Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Hemodialysis Patients"

Jane C. Tan, M.D., Stanford University School of Medicine

"Living Kidney Donors and Hypertension"

Daniel E. Weiner, M.D., Tufts University School of Medicine

"Medical, Ecologic and Economic Implications of Dialyzer Reprocessing"

Sushrut S. Walikar, M.D., Brigham and Women's Hospital

"Serum Sodium Concentration and Outcomes in Hemodialysis Patients"

Liping Zhang, M.D., Baylor College of Medicine

"IGF-IR mediated signaling involved in muscle wasting and regeneration in CKD by regulating satellite cell activation"

About The Norman S. Coplon Extramural Grant Program

The Norman S. Coplon Extramural Grant Program is one of the nation's largest private research endowments for research into kidney disease. Satellite Philanthropy awards a limited number of extramural grants to individuals and institutions engaged in promising kidney disease research in the United States and Canada. Approximately one-third of the awards are for bench (i.e., basic science) research, with the remaining two-thirds aimed at clinical or translational research that can be readily introduced into clinical practice.

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 early patient wellness education, personalized clinical services and a complete range of dialysis therapy choices. This comprehensive offering allows Satellite Healthcare to advance the standard of chronic kidney disease care so patients can achieve a better life. For more information, visit

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