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Artificial, Implantable Kidney Prototype

The Kidney Project is the University of California, San Francisco, which is known worldwide as an institution that attacks biomedical problems.


(Artificial kidney prototype)

The Kidney Project is a national research project with a goal to create a small, surgically implanted, and free-standing bioartificial kidney to treat kidney failure.

The bioartificial kidney will give kidney failure patients new hope beyond the short-term solution of renal dialysis and the longer-term, but impermanent, solution of a living kidney transplant for which donor organs are limited.

Subsequently, the bioartificial kidney is expected to save national health care dollars.

The Kidney Project is led by Shuvo Roy, PhD, a bioengineer and professor in the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences, Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). The project is co-directed by William Fissell, MD, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Fans of science fiction writer Philip K. Dick recall the artif-org, wholly mechanical organs small enough for implantation in the body, From his 1964 novel Cantata 140.

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