Recent News

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.

UCSF's Groundbreaking Procedure Treats Pectus Excavatum

July 9, 2012

Six months ago Justin Rosales’s chest dipped deep into his sternum. The 14-year-old was too embarrassed to ever take off his shirt or show his friends how he looked. But rather than undergoing a major invasive operation, he and his parents chose UCSF’s groundbreaking Magnetic Mini Mover Procedure - a novel approach to correcting sunken chest syndrome developed by investigators in the Pediatric Device Consortium. Read the story here.

UCSF Artificial Kidney Project Tapped for Accelerated FDA Program

April 9, 2012

An effort led by UCSF bioengineer Shuvo Roy to create an implantable artificial kidney for dialysis patients has been selected as one of the first projects to undergo more timely and collaborative review at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Roy's project is one of three selected from over 30 applications to the FDA's Innovation Pathway 2.0 program, which aims to shorten the time and cost of development, assessment and review of medical devices. For more information, read the FDA press release and the UCSF Today article.

Surgeons Seek Kid-Sized Tools for the Operating Room

January 30, 2012

Pediatric surgeons have a reputation for being mavericks, people who are particularly good at improvising the tools they might need to operate successfully. No one fits that mold as well as Michael Harrison at UCSF.

Listen to KQED's QUEST story on UCSF and Stanford/SRI International's efforts to develop pediatric medical devices.

PDC Scientist on Forbes Magazine’s “30 Under 30” List of Brightest Young Stars

December 20, 2011

UCSF graduate student and PDC member Mozziyar Etemadi, an MD/PhD candidate in Bioengineering, is featured in Forbes magazine’s first ever “30 Under 30” list of rising stars in science and innovation. Etemadi was recognized for developing a device that detects pre-term labor in high-risk pregnancies and alerts the patient’s physician via a cloud database. Read the UCSF News story here.

Inventing Medical Devices for Children

December 9, 2011

Pediatric medical devices lag in development due to a small market and lack of investment opportunities. That's where the University of California, San Francisco's "D'Vice" Squad comes in. Watch a short video on the UCSF Pediatric Device Consortium on Youtube.

UCSF Consortium Collaborates to Invent Medical Devices for Children

November 1, 2011

The UCSF Pediatric Device Consortium, a team of physicians, engineers, scientists and others from both within and outside UCSF, has been awarded a $1 million grant from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to expand their innovative work developing medical devices for children. Read the story here.

FDA Announces Recipients of 2nd Round Pediatric Device Consortia Grants

October 3, 2011

A panel of experts with experience in medicine, business, and device development reviewed 10 applications for the grants, which will be administered by FDA’s Office of Orphan Product Development. Awardees include:
- James Geiger, MD, and Andre Muelenaer, MD, of the University of Michigan Pediatric Device Consortium and the Pediatric Medical Device Institute Pediatric Medical Device Consortium
- Michael Harrison, MD, and the UCSF Pediatric Device Consortium
- Barbara Boyan, PhD, and the Atlanta Pediatric Consortium.
Read the full announcement at