Update 10/5/16: Some disappointing news via Kidney Buzz about the “wearable kidney” and it being delayed by a lack of funding. Read it here at Kidney Buzz.
From the National Kidney Foundation’s Kidney Advocacy Committee program…
“There is some much going on in the kidney world. Out here in San Fransisco at UCSF Dr. Roy is in phase 2 of the artificial kidney, where no immunosuppressive drugs will be needed and no matching. This will be a game changer and clinical trails may start as soon as 2017/2018. You can follow their work on Facebook on “The Kidney Project” page. I spoke with Dr Roy and this work gives me such hope that we can reduce or remove the transplant wait list. We are not talking science fiction far off in to the future either. “
This is a HUGE step forward for us.
Meanwhile there is ongoing work nationwide on a kidney created using your cells and stem cells to “grow” a kidney for you exclusively. Again, no anti-rejection drugs would be needed because it is “your” kidney.
SEE the other related post, “Dialysis and Hope for Kidney Patients – Update”