End Stage Renal disease (ESRD) a affects 1.5 to 2 million people worldwide. when dialysis is available, it can be life sustaining. But the short term solution is time consuming and expensive and does not replace all of the functions of a healthy kidney.
Meanwhile the global shortage of donors, means the hundreds and thousands of people die each year waiting for kidney transplant. Scientist at UCSF are leading a research project with partners nationwide to help these patients.