Recent News

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

PDC members to present at engineering conference in Buenos Aires

August 18, 2010

A paper entitled "A High-Power Versatile Wireless Power Transfer for Biomedical Implants" by PDC members Hao Jiang, Richard Fechter, Shinjiro Hirose, Michael Harrison, and Shuvo Roy has been accepted for presentation at the annual conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Click to read abstract

Magnet Therapy Corrects Birth Defect

April 7, 2010

Magnets have a brand new use. They are being tested in a new procedure to correct a rare birth defect, Pectus Excavatum, in a Los Gatos boy. View video online at

Recipients of the FY 09 Pediatric Device Consortia Grant Program Awards

September 29, 2009

Led by Michael Harrison, M.D., a pediatric and fetal surgeon and veteran innovator of pediatric devices, the UCSF Pediatric Device Consortium will unite a diverse group of clinicians, scientists, engineers, and device industry representatives in facilitating the process of pediatric device development.

'Super' Treatment for Boy with Chest Condition

The local NBC news station in Kansas City ran a piece on the PDC's Magnetic Mini-Mover device for correction of the chest wall deformity pectus excavatum, or sunken chest. Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City is now part of UCSF's FDA- sponsored multicenter trial of the Magnetic Mini-Mover treatment in kids ages 8-14. The Magnetic Mini-Mover Procedure (3MP) is a novel minimally invasive method of correcting pectus excavatum developed at UCSF. Watch the news story here and learn more about the 3MP treatment here