World's First Implantable Artificial Kidney

Researchers at the University of California at San Francisco have developed a prototype for an artificial kidney:

The device, which would include thousands of microscopic filters as well as a bioreactor to mimic the metabolic and water-balancing roles of a real kidney[...]

The treatment has been proven to work for the sickest patients using a room-sized external model developed by a team member in Michigan. Roy's goal is to apply silicon fabrication technology, along with specially engineered compartments for live kidney cells, to shrink that large-scale technology into a device the size of a coffee cup. The device would then be implanted in the body without the need for immune suppressant medications, allowing the patient to live a more normal life.

The researchers hope to begin clinical trials in five to seven years.

Link via Gizmodo | Image: UCSF

Newest 3
Newest 3 Comments

Commenting is closed.

Email This Post to a Friend
"World's First Implantable Artificial Kidney"

Separate multiple emails with a comma. Limit 5.


Success! Your email has been sent!

close window

This website uses cookies.

This website uses cookies to improve user experience. By using this website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

I agree
Learn More