Sign and share the below petition to request that Congress direct more funds to programs that support the Artificial Implantable Kidney research and development. If you are a family member or friend of a Dialysis patient please feel free to also leave your signature of support:
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics, there were 50,476 Kidney Failure-related deaths, making mortality due to Kidney Failure number eight (#8) on the cause of death list in the United States. 600,000 Chronic Kidney Disease patients are currently conducting Dialysis with over 100,000 sitting on the Kidney Transplant Waiting List. That is why there were such high hopes that the Artificial Implantable Kidney Corporation could develop an Implantable Artificial Kidney device that would replace Dialysis as well as serve as a viable alternative to waiting on the list. However, it appears as though they have hit a roadblock.
Unlike research being conducted at the University Of California San Francisco, the Implantable Artificial Kidney Corporation is a private company which is also racing toward the development and implementation of an Artificial Kidney that can be safely implanted into Chronic Kidney Disease patients who are currently suffering from Kidney Failure. A promising round of funding in 2015 offered a lot of hope for the progress of the privately developed device. Yet, since an early 2015 announcement, the corporation has offered no further updates and removed their website. A simple Google search of "Artificial Implantable Kidney" will give you a list of articles by KidneyBuzz.com as well as information regarding research by Dr. Shuvo Roy's team at the University Of California San Francisco, but nothing about the Artificial Implantable Kidney Corporation.
Could the organization have hit a funding snag? Perhaps, but with limited updates and no visible current online presence, it is safe to say that research by the private company is, as of now, on hold.
The good news is that Dr. Roy and his Research Team are moving forward with their Artificial Implantable Kidney device and it looks like the long-awaited human trials will begin at the end of 2017 or early 2018. However, the Research Team is in need of additional funding. We cannot let the University of California San Francisco Artificial Implantable Kidney hit the same funding complications that likely derailed the Implantable Artificial Kidney Corporation.
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