Kidney regeneration may be possible within 30 years

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The European Renal Association and European Dialysis and Transplant Association Congress President has told nephrologists “we will be the first to regenerate organ function”.

President of the 54th Congress of the European Renal Association and European Dialysis and Transplant Association (ERA-EDTA), Professor Jorge B. Cannata-Andía has said he is hopeful that in 30 to 40 years’ time, nephrologists will no longer be talking about renal replacement therapy, but might even be able to regenerate kidney function.

Speaking at the ERA-EDTA Congress in Spain this week, Professor Cannata-Andía said there is a multitude of “thrilling” research being undertaken in the field of nephrology and he believes nephrologists will be at the forefront of advances in organ regeneration. “We were the first discipline that could replace organ function for a period of many years – which is still not possible with the lungs or the heart – and I am optimistic that we will be the first to regenerate organ function so that our patients will not have to rely on the support of machines.”
The Congress, which was held in Madrid, Spain, was attended by more than 8,000 nephrologists and featured more than 300 expert speakers from over 100 countries.

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