The kidney is one of the most complex organs in our bodies.
It contains more than 25 distinct cell types and helps establish the correct balance of salts and minerals in our blood by filtering out toxins. Nephrons are the key working components in the kidney that filter blood. More than ten percent of the global population suffer from chronic kidney disease that can lead to kidney failure and be fatal unless treated with dialysis or a transplant.
reNEW researchers use stem cell-derived kidney tissue to model kidney diseases, develop drugs, and engineer replacement kidney tissue for therapy. The goal is to one day be able to develop replacement kidneys.