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Bioartificial Kidney Research


The Kidney Project is a national research project with a goal to create a small, surgically implanted, and free-standing bioartificial kidney to treat kidney failure. The bioartificial kidney will give kidney failure patients new hope beyond the short-term solution of renal dialysis and the longer-term, but impermanent, solution of a living kidney transplant for which donor organs are limited. The research is close to first human trials where they will first test the function of the mechanical kidney outside of the body, hoping for positive results to then proceed and implant the first one soon. The kidney project is still in lack of a certain amount of funds and Avichai’s family is trying their best to be able to help by donating partial proceeds of the books.


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Kidney Precursor Tissues Research


Prof. Benjamin Dekel is known internationally as one of the most innovative and highly recognized investigators in the field of human renal stem cell biology and regenerative medicine. He initiated his work in this field as a graduate student and postdoctoral fellow at the Weizmann Institute of Science, which resulted in seminal studies demonstrating that kidney precursor tissues from humans or pigs could develop into fully functional nephrons when transplanted into adult mice, paving the way for the “growing kidneys” concept. His team was the first was to prospectively isolate expandable human nephron progenitor cells from fetal kidneys and showed their beneficial effects in treating chronic renal injury. Not too far away from human trials, Avichai’s family is hoping to be able to get accepted into the program once ready and established.

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