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Roy shares promise of bioartificial kidney

Shuvo Roy, PhD, an engineer and research scientist, is leading a U.S. project to build the world’s first bioartificial kidney to treat end stage renal disease. The goal is to surgically implant this coffee-cup-sized device in a human patient within 5 to 7 years. The bioartificial kidney both filters toxins from the blood and performs many of the metabolic functions of the healthy kidney. And, the bioartificial kidney requires no batteries or external pumps. Roy is a faculty member in the UCSF Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences. He discusses The Kidney Project, and the project’s latest research results, on November 16, 2010 in a San Francisco Chronicle newspaper interview with Erin Allday, and on November 17, 2010 on KQED radio’s Forum with Michael Krasney.

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