The Kidney Project
Creating a bioartificial kidney as a permanent solution to end stage renal disease
A national research project is under way to create a small, surgically implanted, and free-standing bioartificial kidney to treat end stage renal disease (ESRD).
The bioartificial kidney will give ESRD patients new hope beyond the short-term solution of renal dialysis and the longer-term, but impermanent, solution of a living kidney transplant for which donor organs are limited.
As well, the bioartificial kidney is expected to save national health care dollars.