Recent News

Medical Devices Fall Short for Children -

May 6, 2013

“Innovation in medicine is driven by need, but also by the market,” said Dr. Michael R. Harrison, the director emeritus of the Fetal Treatment Center and the director of the Pediatric Device Consortium, both at UCSF. “Big markets have lots of folks developing devices, but small markets like the pediatrics market don’t.” Read the The New York Times' Well blog's coverage of the challenges involved in pediatric medical device development.

Four PDC-affiliated Projects Among Finalists in CTSI’s Catalyst Award Program

March 21, 2013

Four devices assisted by the PDC, including a bioartificial pancreas for patients with type 1 diabetes, a mobility device to increase patient ambulation, a biocompatible underwater sealant to prevent preterm birth from fetal intervention, and an intravenous chemotherapy filter, were among the finalists in the UCSF CTSI’s Catalyst Award Program, which aims to accelerate translation of promising early-stage research ideas to patient benefit. Read more about the program and winning projects here.

Kidney Project Featured in Onward California Campaign

March 21, 2013

Shuvo Roy, PhD, a UCSF bioengineer and the technical director of the UCSF-led effort to create the first implantable artificial kidney, was recently on Capitol Hill to inform congressional staff about the device. The kidney project is now featured in the UC Office of the President's Onward California campaign, which aims to educate Californians about the impact the University has in their lives. Read more and watch the video here.

Recipe for Relevance: Blend Digital Health Developers and Clinical Providers

March 6, 2013

The digital health incubator Rock Health and UCSF's Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) co-sponsored a "Meeting of the Minds" on March 5th at the Mission Bay campus. The goal of the meetup, organized by UCSF orthopedic surgeon and PDC member Aenor Sawyer, MD, was to bring together healthcare providers who have specific pain points with technologists eager to develop solutions. Read the article here.

Five UCSF Inventors on Five Inventions That are Changing the Face of Medicine

November 26, 2012

Innovation can be born of necessity, conscience, creativity, luck, or more likely, all of the above, all at once. Whatever the impetus, the active ingredient of invention is collaboration.

The five scientists highlighted here — bioengineers Tejal Desai and Shuvo Roy, MD/PhD candidate Mozziyar Etemadi, microbiologist Joe DeRisi, and physician/surgeon Michael Harrison — trace intersecting paths, tapping each other’s expertise nearly constantly. Read the UCSF Magazine cover story.

Ronald McDonald House Charities Honor Michael Harrison

November 2, 2012

Michael R. Harrison, MD, director of the Pediatric Device Consortium and founder and director emeritus of the UCSF Fetal Treatment Center, was honored last week for his achievements and innovation in fetal surgery with the Ronald McDonald House Charities Medical Award of Excellence. Harrison joins an exclusive group of notable physicians, philanthropists, celebrities, business executives and professional athletes who have made outstanding contributions to improve the health and well-being of children. Read the UCSF News story here.

Shuvo Roy to Receive BayBio Pantheon Award For Artificial Kidney Project

October 17, 2012

UCSF bioengineer Shuvo Roy, PhD, has been elected to the BayBio Pantheon, a group of 52 San Francisco Bay Area life sciences leaders who have made a significant contribution to the industry, for his work toward creating the world’s first implantable artificial kidney. Roy is the seventh UCSF faculty member to be elected to the BayBio Pantheon since its inception in 2004. Read the story here.

Artificial Kidney Project Receives $3 Million in New Funding

October 1, 2012

A $750,000 gift from the John and Marcia Goldman Foundation is spurring a UCSF-led effort to create the first implantable artificial kidney for patients with kidney failure. The new funds, which augment a $2.25 million grant for the project from the NIH this summer, will enable the team of bioengineers, physicians and scientists to conduct the critical research needed to bring the proposed device to clinical trials by 2017. Read more here.

Bathroom Scale Could Monitor Heart Failure Via Web

August 7, 2012

Can a retrofitted bathroom scale costing less than $100 save lives and improve the health of millions of Americans living with heart failure while cutting billions of dollars in annual health care spending? A team led by Mozziyar Etemadi, MS, has been awarded $110,000 to find out.

Read the full story on the UCSF School of Pharmacy website.

Magnets May Pull Kids With Sunken Chests Out Of Operating Room

July 30, 2012

Pectus excavatum, or "sunken chest," as it's commonly known, is the most common deformity of the chest wall, affecting roughly one in 500 people. And while sunken chest can be corrected with surgery, the procedure is invasive and very painful. But a new method using magnets and an external brace, developed by Michael Harrison, a pediatric surgeon at UCSF's Benioff Children's Hospital, could provide an alternative to the surgery.