Magazine article Variety

Attorney Kleinberg Drives Kidney Research Fundraiser

Magazine article Variety

Attorney Kleinberg Drives Kidney Research Fundraiser

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After he was diagnosed with kidney disease 15 years ago, attorney Ken Kleinberg was forced to cope with a malady that, as he says, "has no known causes." What was particularly surprising, however, was how little was being done to find out about it. "In the West Coast of the U.S., there was no kidney research center," Kleinberg says.

That is changing, thanks to the organization he founded in 2002, with help from Dr. Vito Campese of USC. The University Kidney Research Organization is establishing at USC's Keck School of Medicine what is envisioned as the premier national center for kidney research.

On Sept. 12, UKRO will host its annual benefit dinner at the Beverly Hilton, with Michael Feinstein performing, and ABCTV news anchor Phillip Palmer as emcee. Co-chairs include Mark Itkin, Toby Keith, and Paula Wagner; Jack Black and Natalie Cole are among those on the board of directors.

Chronic kidney disease affects nearly 25 million Americans, Kleinberg says, all the more urgent because so many people don't know they have it. In 1999, for instance, Kleinberg suddenly became ill while attending the Mip TV conference in France. When he got back to Los Angeles he saw a doctor, who immediately diagnosed the kidney problem. …

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