Research funded to regenerate kidneys
HUMAN stem cells may be used to develop kidneys as an alternative for renal replacement, if funding for a new research project announced yesterday proves fruitful.
Professor Melissa Little from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute will receive $936,221 for her research project courtesy of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
The research will focus on the molecular basis of kidney development, renal disease and repair, with Little saying it was now possible to make kidney tissue from human stem cells.
“Having this develop into mature kidney tissue after transplantation is a very promising step towards new treatments,” she said.