NIH Awards Grant for Implantable Artificial Kidney

The National Institutes of Health awarded a grant to investigators at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) to develop an implantable artificial kidney. According to one of the principal investigators, Dr. William Fissell IV, nephrologist and associate professor of Medicine and Biomedical Engineering at VUMC, “this project is about creating a permanent solution to the scarcity problem in organ transplantation. We are increasing the options for people with chronic kidney disease who would otherwise be forced onto dialysis. Dr. Roy (co-investigator) and I are pursuing this approach because the integration of silicon nanotechnology and cell culture will achieve a bio-hybrid device within the lifetime of someone who starts dialysis today.”

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