Some 37 million people – more than 15 percent of the adult population – suffer from chronic kidney disease, according […more…]
USC Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research
Director of Development: Minhaal Nathani
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This will hopefully be the anchor of a new biomedical corridor in the region, where the nation’s most cutting-edge research is conducted by some of the brightest minds in science.
Hope for Those With Kidney Disease
Without treatment, chronic kidney disease – which affects one in seven Americans – often leads to kidney failure and then there is only one long-term solution: a kidney transplant. Today, 100,000 Americans are waiting for a new kidney, but only 20,000 kidneys will be available for transplant this year. Doctors and researchers from USC Stem Cell and the Keck School of Medicine’s Division of Nephrology and Hypertension launched a project to use stem cells to build a fully functioning kidney that can replace a failing one. The goal is to make a synthetic kidney that provides sufficient function for a person in renal failure to stay alive and off dialysis while they await a transplant. If successful, a synthetic kidney can save millions of lives and vastly improve the quality of life for individuals awaiting kidney transplants.