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Kidney Week

Translational Session

The Future of Dialysis: Bioengineering Tools to Improve Kidney Therapies

October 23, 2020 | 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Location: Live-Streamed

Session Description

Advanced CKD and ESKD are increasing worldwide, and these patients are afforded very few options for therapies besides traditional dialysis modalities. Because of kidney shortages, transplant wait times are extensive. Patients requiring hemodialysis often have dialysis vascular issues due to poor vasculature. This session discusses the role bioengineering can play in enhancing technologies and therapies to regenerate kidneys and kidney replacement therapies.

Learning Objective(s)

  • Summarize recent innovations in bioartificial kidneys
  • Discuss the history of kidney xenotransplantation and current progress
  • Identify state-of-the-art techniques to regenerate kidneys
  • Describe novel bioengineering technologies to improve blood vessels for dialysis vascular access

Learning Pathway(s)

  • Dialysis
  • Transplantation/Immunology


  • William Henry Fissell, MD
  • Yan-Ting Elizabeth Shiu, PhD


  • Innovations and Advances in Wearable and Implantable Artificial Kidneys
    10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Shuvo Roy, PhD
  • Clinical Pig Kidney Xenotransplantation: How Close Are We?
    11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    David KC Cooper, MD, MA, MS, PhD 
  • Novel Advancements to Regenerate Kidneys: Regrow or Repair?
    11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    Lauren Elizabeth Woodard, PhD 
  • Bioengineered Blood Vessels for Arteriovenous Access: From the Bench to Clinical Trials
    12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
    Joris I. Rotmans, MD, PhD