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Clinical trials for the implantable artificial kidney haven’t started yet, but the device’s developers are already seeking feedback from patients. The device, currently in preclinical trials, uses microchip filters and living kidney cells that would be powered by a patient’s own heart. It is being developed by the Kidney Project, a collaboration between the University of California at San Francisco and Vanderbilt University. In March, they announced a partnership with Home Dailyzors United (HDU), who will help provide education and support to patients, as well as seek feedback on preferences.

“The Kidney Project is really interested in the patient voice, they want the patient perspective,” said Nieltje Gedney, vice president of HDU. She and HDU president Denise Eilers first met UCSF bioengineer Shuvo Roy, PhD, technical director of the project, at a Kidney Health Initiative meeting.

“When I first met them, I was struck by their passion for improving the outcomes of home dialysis patients,” said Roy. Working with them seemed like a natural move as they began looking for input from patients, he said.

“When we undertake any project, we are looking at the end result and the goal is quality of life, and this is what excited us the most,” said Eilers. “Shuvo and his team are dedicated to reaching those goals. And every step of the way they are committed to incorporating patient feedback, which is important because patients will be affected by this device the most.”

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  • What kidney patients like us need (and those millions of people that have developed it and will develop renal disease are advancements in stem cell and regenerative medicine.  That has been "worked on" for years in the US however there are too many regulatory hurdles to overcome which is why our doctors go overseas to research and hopefully develop regenerative organs.  As kidney patients should know, the kidney in particular is a complicated organ and performs many functions besides filtering the blood.  It's too late for current patients like me, but I'm hopeful that within the next 10-20 years patients with renal failure can be transplanted with a kidney made from their own cells; wouldn't that be so much better than having to take these powerful and injurious medicines?

  • "Grain of salt" here, the artificial kidney has seemed like a dangling carrot for CKD patients,though finally there is more reality than fiction being bandied about.  I have watched it's development for over a decade. This may help new candidates more than present patients, but our input will improve it's affect upon them.

    • How do you put your input. Where do I go to learn more about it
      • It might be better if your nephrologist does the contacting, I could not find a direct link to volunteer, as a patient.  Here's links for more info.  Good Luck.

        UCSF - Shuvo Roy , PHD

        FAQ about Art. Kidney


        Contact Us | The Kidney Project | UCSF
  • It’s awesome.
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