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Silicon isn't just for computers. It can make a pretty good kidney, too.

October 6, 2017

For nearly two decades, UCSF Bioengineering professor Shuvo Roy, PhD, William Fissell, MD, and David Humes, MD, have been developing an implantable bioartificial kidney as an alternative treatment for end-stage renal disease. Under the guidance of FDA and a new expedited regulatory plan, the team has completed two years of preclinical testing and plans to move into humans in early 2018 and gain regulatory approval by 2020. Continue reading

UC Berkeley, UCSF team getting attention for device that helps diagnose pneumonia

September 19, 2017

Adam Rao, UCSF medical student and UC Berkeley-UCSF PhD candidate, is developing Tabla, an affordable device to detect pneunomia in children. Using the "percussion technique" and machine learning, the device detects sound frequencies in a patient's body to determine whether the lungs may have fluid accumulation. This past year, the team won the Rudd Family Foundation's Big Ideas at Berkeley grand prize and Fast Company's Innovation by Design student category. ABC 7 interviewed the team to learn more about the design and development process. Continue reading

Student-designed medical device wins Fast Company award

September 11, 2017

Tabla, a medical device used to diagnose pneumonia, was awarded top honors in the student category of Fast Company's 2017 Innovation by Design Awards. The low-cost device detects changes in sound waves during percussive physical examinations, providing a more accessible and affordable alternative to chest X-rays. The team includes Adam Rao, a medical student at UCSF and Bioengineering Ph.D. student at UC Berkeley/UCSF, and UC Berkeley graduates Chen Bao and Jorge Ruiz. The team also won the Rudd Family Foundation Big Ideas at Berkeley Competition in April.

Benjamin Padilla and Michael Harrison Awarded NIH R03 for Cryoanalgesia Study

August 29, 2017

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Children Health & Human Development (NICHD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded pediatric surgeons Benjamin Padilla, MD, and Michael Harrison, MD, a two-year grant to study the use of cryoanalgesia as a novel method of pain control in the Nuss Procedure. This study is a prospective, randomized trial comparing cryoanalgesia to thoracic epidural analgesia in post-operative pain control on adolescent and young adult patients who have undergone the Nuss Procedure. Cryoanalgesia is an innovative technology that locally freezes the peripheral nerves, causing nerve axons to degenerate. The result is temporary prevention of pain transmission, with complete axonal regeneration occurring in approximately 4-6 weeks. If effective, this pain control strategy could shorten hospital stays and decrease pain and opiate usage among Nuss procedure patients. Continue reading

Magnetic Compression Anastomosis (Magnamosis): First-In-Human Trial

August 24, 2017

Dr. Michael Harrison and PDC team members are halfway through a first-in-human trial for their magnetic compression anastomosis ("Magnamosis") device. Initial results have been published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons (JACS). The device is a pair of self-centering magnetic rings that create an intestinal anastomosis without sutures or staples. The first five patients successfully underwent small bowel anastomoses with Magnamosis and did not have any anastomotic complications. Continue reading

Magnets Offer Hope for People with Sleep Apnea

February 16, 2017

Led by Dr. Michael Harrison, PDC engineers, clinicians and collaborators have been developing an alternative treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) powered by magnetic force called the Magnap. The device is currently in a first-in-human clinical trial at UCSF and is accepting new patients. J.J. Standing, a clinical trial participant, told ABC 7 News, “It’s saving my life. I’m lucky to be able to say I’m the first one.” Continue reading

New Collaboration Launches to Advance Technology for Children's Health

February 16, 2017

UC San Francisco, UC Berkeley, the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals, and Children's Hospital Oakland Research Instititue (CHORI) have joined to form the Engineering for Children's Health Initiative, dedicated to developing new devices and technology for children's health. The kick-off event, the Engineering for Children's Health Symposium, showcased innovative research and pediatric health solutions, including demos by the PDC, Lucasfilm, and many more. Continue reading

Clinical engineers at UCSF hack the operating room

September 21, 2016

As medical technology continues to cross the threshold into the 21st century, clinical engineers at UCSF are hacking the operating room by coming up with homegrown inventions to address problems that plague physicians and patients alike. Continue reading    

Fetal surgery stands to advance from new glues inspired by mussels

June 30, 2016

UC Berkeley engineer Phillip Messersmith has teamed up with Dr. Michael Harrison to improve glues used for fetal surgery procedures. With funding obtained from the National Institutes of Health, Messersmith and Dr. Harrison attempt to address a constant risk surrounding fetal surgery, which is the threat of rupture of the protective membrane of the amniotic sac in which the fetus floats. Continue reading

Artificial Kidney Could Free Thousands from Dialysis

March 4, 2016

UCSF researcher Dr. Shuvo Roy and his team are currently testing an implantable artificial kidney designed to filter the blood and perform other kidney functions. Promising results from recent trials has led to the National Institute of Health providing a multi-million dollar grant to assist researchers proceed to human testing. Roy hopes to request permission to test the artificial kidney with human patients, possibly in the next two years. Continue reading