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Terasaki Institute Welcomes New Director

Septemer 23, 2020

(LOS ANGELES) - The Terasaki Institute for Biomedical Innovation welcomes its Director and CEO, Ali Khademhosseini, PhD, who joins the institute with extensive research and leadership experience in the field of biomedical technology.  He is formerly a Professor of Bioengineering at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and a Professor at Harvard Medical School/MITHe is joining the institute from Amazon, Inc, where he recently completed his sabbatical.  He is recognized as a world-renowned leader in combining micro- and nano-engineering approaches with advanced biomaterials for regenerative medicine applications and has authored over 600 peer-reviewed journal papers.  In addition, Dr. Khademhosseini is a co-founder and Scientific Board Member of Obsidio, Incorporated, a biomaterials technology startup company. 

The Transplant Research and Education Center (TREC) Offers a Tailored Education System to Benefit Kidney Transplant Patients

September 16, 2020

Researchers find their computer-tailored education system, Your Path to Transplant” increases knowledge and readiness to pursue kidney transplant  

(LOS ANGELES) – Patients with chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease have to go to a dialysis center for hours at a time, several times a week for the rest of their lives. Patients on dialysis have strict dietary restrictions, and have difficulty maintaining a job or school with all of the hours that are spent at the dialysis center each week. Often, dialysis is the main treatment doctors tell patients about, so patients go along with it. However, a living donor kidney transplant is the most effective treatment for end-stage renal disease.  Past research has shown that doctors typically spend about a half an hour giving patients  large quantities of information all at once about transplantation, which causes patients to become overwhelmed with the decision.  

Oxygen-Releasing Bioink for 3D Bioprinting

September 9, 2020

Newly developed bioink enhances the ability of implanted cells to grow and regenerate new tissue 

(LOS ANGELES) – Engineering new tissues can be used to alleviate shortages of organs in transplantation, as well as to develop physiological models for drug discovery applications. One of the emerging approaches to building tissues is through 3D Printing, where cells and materials can be combined to make inks that can generate tissue structures. One of the limitations for making new tissues is that they require oxygen to survive. This oxygen is delivered through blood vessels, which take a few days to develop in a transplanted tissue.  

Key Priorities for Transplant and Living Donor Advocacy during COVID-19 and Beyond

September 4, 2020

Researchers describe ways to achieve optimal patient advocacy for kidney recipients and donors during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond 

(LOS ANGELES) – In a newly published paper, the authors first paint the vision of what optimal patient advocacy can do to overcome the challenges described by kidney transplant patients and donors, and then describe how to make that vision a reality, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Amy Waterman, Deputy Director at the Terasaki Institute for Biomedical Innovation and leader of the Transplant Research and Education Center (TREC), assembled a panel of patients to learn their priorities for their care during this unprecedented time. 

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