New kidneys for old: a challenge for surgery and tissue engineering
From Peter Crooks
Lorna Marson, Transplant Surgery & MRC Centre for Inflammation Research, Jamie Davies, Discovery Brain Sciences
5000 patients are currently waiting for a kidney transplant in the UK. Although we transplanted just over 3000 kidneys last year, a large number of patients are still waiting for this life-saving and life-changing operation. What else can be done to improve the lives of those people with kidney disease? Join us to hear about different approaches we are taking to do just that, working in the laboratory to help make new kidneys from stem cells, which will help us to develop treatments in the near-term and maybe transplantation in the longer term, to design of new drugs that increase the lifespan of every transplanted kidney, and the use of machines to better preserve kidneys before they are transplanted. Hear how researchers in Edinburgh work together to improve the lives of people with kidney disease.