INSIGHTS The Weekly Update of the Kidney & Urology Foundation of America, Inc. Volume 1, No. 11 Ira Greifer, MD, President May 5, 2003 www.kidneyurology.org Shirley Baer, Executive Director KUFA CONFERENCE SEEKS NEW METHODS FOR MAINTAINING VASCULAR ACCESS More than 150 nephrologists and nephrology nurses from around the country attended the latest installment of the Kidney & Urology Foundation of America’s National Professional Conference Series, “Saving their Lifelines: Preserving Vascular Access”, which was presented last week in New York. Under the leadership of Conference Chair, Dr. Richard A. Sherman, MD, of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the meeting focused on methods of prevention, and improving treatment of problems. Also presenting at the meeting were: Robert H. Barth, MD, SUNY Downstate College of Medicine; Timothy W. I. Clark, MD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Larry E. Shindelman, MD, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and Lawrence M. Spergel, MD, Dialysis Management Medical Group, California. For more information on Foundation programs, visit KUFA online at www/kidneyurology.org or call 1-800-633-6628. ORGAN/TISSUE DONATION RECEIVES GREATER FOCUS THROUGH WALK THE WALK The issue of organ and tissue donation took center stage this past weekend (Sunday, May 4th), as a throng of more than 1000 participants came out for the fourth annual New Jersey Walk the Walk for Organ and Tissue Donation presented by the Kidney & Urology Foundation of America, Inc. The event, which is held annually at the Jenkinson’s Boardwalk at Pt. Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, raises public awareness of the need for organ and tissue donation, while raising essential funds to support research, and professional and public education. This year’s walkers braved unseasonably cooler temperatures in the morning, but were rewarded with warmer temperatures and a great sense of accomplishment as they completed the 2-mile course. More than 81,000 people are awaiting transplantation of an organ in this country. KUFA is committed, through public and professional education, and programming such as the Walk the Walk Series, to increasing the availability of organs for transplant. Walks to promote organ and tissue donation are held each year in New Jersey, New York’s Central Park, and at Belmont Lake State Park, in Long Island. Several other walks are in planning for other US cities. For more information contact Michael Larkin at 1-800-633-6628. FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF NEW PROGRAM DIRECTOR The Kidney & Urology Foundation of America, Inc. announced this week the appointment of Patricia Latona, RN, MS, CAE, as Director of Programming for the Foundation. Ms. Latona, most recently the Director of Clinical Services and Programs for the New York City Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, brings more than ten years experience in working in non-profit, health care, education, and community programming. Ms. Latona, who also serves as an adjunct faculty member at New York University’s, School of Education, Division of Nursing, is a member of the American Nurses Association, the New York State Nurses Association and the New York Society of Association Executives. She will initiate and coordinate the strategic plan for the Foundation’s programs, including professional and public education, and patient advocacy. Patricia Latona, RN, MS, CAE, can be reached at 1-800-633-6628. VISIT KUFA ONLINE AT WWW.KIDNEYUROLOGY.ORG OR CALL 1-800-633-6628.