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The Medical College of Wisconsin has been awarded a $248,000 National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease Grant for basic research that may ultimately lead to drug therapy for the prevention and/or treatment of kidney stones, one of the most common and painful disorders of the urinary tract.

The research, led by Jack G. Kleinman, M.D., professor of medicine in nephrology at the Medical College, is focused on identifying molecules that may prevent the crystals that form kidney stones from attaching to one another. It will be conducted at the VA Medical Center-Milwaukee, a major teaching affiliate of the College.

In 2000 alone, kidney stones accounted for 2.7 million visits to health care providers and over 600,000 emergency rooms visits.

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