William Fissell

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    Implant one day may replace dialysis

    Vanderbilt researchers used pharmacological manipulations to increase salt and water transport by kidney cells grown in culture, a step necessary for realizing an implantable artificial kidney device. Read More

    May 18, 2020

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    Research that ruled in 2016: Readers’ favorite stories

    Artificial kidneys, gay-straight alliances and junkyard batteries captured readers' attention in 2016. Read More

    Dec 16, 2016

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    VU Inside: Dr. William Fissell’s Artificial Kidney

    Vanderbilt University Medical Center nephrologist and Associate Professor of Medicine Dr. William Fissell IV is making major progress on a first-of-its kind device to free kidney patients from dialysis. He is building an artificial implantable kidney with microchip filters and living kidney cells that will be powered by a patient’s own heart. Read More

    Feb 12, 2016

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    VUMC receives NIH grant to develop artificial kidney

    The National Institutes of Health has awarded a four-year, $6 million grant to investigators at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) to develop an implantable artificial kidney. Read More

    Nov 3, 2015

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    VUCast: Ingenious Inventions

    In the latest VUCast: Check out some creative inventions by Vanderbilt students; see how a "bionic man" has ties to Vanderbilt; and learn details about a new academic building under construction on campus. All this and more in the latest VUCast, Vanderbilt's online newscast. Watch now. Read More

    May 21, 2014

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    Two Vanderbilt projects featured in new NIBIB “Bionic Man” web tool

    The prosthetics research of Michael Goldfarb is featured in "The NBIB Bionic Man," an interactive web tool that helps students and the public learn about innovative federally-funded biomedical research. Read More

    May 6, 2014

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    Significant progress toward creating “benchtop human” reported

    Vanderbilt physicist John Wikswo reported significant progress toward creating “homo minutus” – a human-on-a-chip that can be used to test drugs and toxins – on Mar. 26 at the Society of Toxicology meeting in Phoenix. Read More

    Mar 27, 2014

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    Project seeks to create ‘bioartificial’ kidney

    Nephrologist William Fissell IV, M.D., associate professor of Medicine and Biomedical Engineering, is intent on creating and mass-producing an implantable bioartificial kidney that can transform quality of life and prospects for survival for people with chronic kidney disease who would otherwise be forced onto dialysis. Read More

    Jul 11, 2013