Recent News

SMART Diaphragm Receives Grand Challenges Grant from Gates Foundation

April 28, 2011
Dr. Larry Rand's SMART Diaphragm device for the early detection of preterm labor is one of 88 projects from 25 countries selected to receive a $100,000 Grand Challenges Exploration grant from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The device, which is being developed by PDC members Shuvo Roy and Mozzi Etemadi, won in the Maternal & Infant Health category. The Grand Challenges initiative encourages scientists to pursue bold ideas with the potential to lead to breakthroughs in global public health. Read the full press release here.

SMART Diaphragm Device Takes Second Place in National Innovation Competition

April 22, 2011

The SMART Diaphragm project, led by UCSF perinatologist Larry Rand along with PDC members Shuvo Roy and Mozzi Etemadi, placed second in the Vodafone Foundation's national Wireless Innovation competition. The award provides $250,000 in seed funding for the device, which monitors early signs of pre-term labor and sends a wireless alert to the patient’s physician. Read the full story here.

UCSF Academic Senate’s Inaugural Faculty Research Lecture - Translational Science Awarded to Michael R. Harrison, M.D.

March 14, 2011
The UCSF Academic Senate has announced its selection of Michael R. Harrison, M.D., as the recipient of the inaugural Faculty Research Lecture – Translational Science.  In selecting Dr. Harrison to receive this award, the Senate recognizes the immense value of faculty who translate bench science to a bedside clinical practice directly benefiting both patients and legions of other clinicians worldwide.
Dr. Harrison’s lecture, “Womb with a View: the Fetus Becomes a Patient,” will be held on the UCSF Parnassus Campus (Cole Hall) on April 19, 2011 (3:30-5pm). Read more here.

PDC Director Michael Harrison Reflects on Performing World’s First Fetal Surgery 30 Years Ago

February 9, 2011

Often referred to as the “Father of Fetal Surgery,” Michael Harrison, MD, performed the world’s first open fetal surgery 30 years ago at UCSF. As Harrison, Professor Emeritus of Surgery, Pediatrics, and Obstetrics & Gynecology at UCSF, celebrates the 30th anniversary of the historic surgery, he reflects on how the specialty has evolved from an idea he nurtured since internship. Read the interview here.

The Perry Initiative receives $100,000 grant from Chervon Energy Solutions

January 25, 2011

PDC member Jenni Buckley, PhD, and UCSF orthopedic surgeon Lisa Lattanza, MD, have been awarded a $100,000 grant from Chevron Energy Solutions for their outreach program to high school women, The Perry Initiative. The program, founded in 2009, aims to "inspire young women to be leaders in engineering and medicine." The Perry Initiative conducts hands-on workshops for high school women and has thus far reached over 150 students at five sites nationwide. The Chevron grant will be used to expand outreach programs and build program infrastructure. More information can be found at

Shuvo Roy interviewed on KQED radio's Forum

November 17, 2010

More than 85,000 people in the United States are on the waiting list for one of the 17,000 kidneys that are donated each year. And roughly 350,000 people whose kidneys have failed rely on regular dialysis. Shuvo Roy joins KQED's Michael Krasny to discuss bioengineering and a new artificial kidney project at Mission Bay. Listen here

UCSF team working on artificial kidney

November 16, 2010
Shuvo Roy had planned a career designing high-tech sensors and other devices for the aerospace industry. Instead, he's building the world's first artificial kidney. Read more at

For Scientists, Collaborative Efforts Could Speed Medical Advances

September 23, 2010

Special correspondent Dave Iverson reports on a new push to get scientists to work together to find medical cures sooner. He interviews UCSF Chancellor Sue Desmond-Hellmann along with PDC leader Shuvo Roy about his work developing an artificial kidney to help dialysis patients. Watch the full story here

UCSF unveils model for implantable artificial kidney to replace dialysis

September 2, 2010

PDC leader Shuvo Roy, an associate professor in the UCSF School of Pharmacy, is working with a multidisciplinary team to develop an implantable, bioartificial kidney model, which could serve as either a bridge for those waiting for an organ transplant or as a destination therapy for patients with chronic kidney failure. Read more

Treating scoliosis in kids with magnets

August 24, 2010

Stopping curvature of the spine in kids usually requires a series of painful operations to implant rods and screws to adjust the spine. Even then, the results are often less than perfect. However, a medical team at UCSF has developed a technique using magnets that promises to do away with so many surgeries. View video online at