The Center for Integration of Medicine & Innovative Technology (CIMIT) presents this great lecture presented as five videos (totaling about two hours). The videos give a comprehensive look at the sort of technology being developed to improve the effectiveness of hemodialysis. Specifically, they look at nanotechnology, surveying where the field is and where it is going, with particular emphasis on hemodialysis. CIMIT's mission is to improve patient care by bringing scientists, engineers, and clinicians together to catalyze development of innovative technology, emphasizing minimally invasive diagnosis and therapy.
UCSF researchers have unveiled a prototype model of the first implantable artificial kidney, in a development that one day could eliminate the need for dialysis. The device, which would include thousands of microscopic filters as well as a bioreactor to mimic the metabolic and water-balancing roles of a real kidney, is being developed in a collaborative effort by engineers, biologists, and physicians nationwide, led by Shuvo Roy, PhD, in the UCSF Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences.