Reimagining haemodialysis

Hemodialysis (HD) is the life-saving treatment for millions of patients with end stage kidney disease, but it has several clinical and technological downsides.

Its discontinuity causes poor life quality and health issues, and it is also extremely wasteful (about 500 liters of water per session). Our team under the project “REDIAL: Redefining haemodialysis with data-driven materials innovation” has recently been funded by Kidney Research UK.  This project was co-created with dialysis patients and hosted by the SUSPROM group at the School of Engineering.  The project is in collaboration with the Institute of Materials and Processes, Institute of Bioengineering, Institute of Digital communications, and with technical support of the Renal Unit of the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, and with external collaboration of the University of Bologna. The aim of this project is to screen novel materials that can permanently capture toxins for haemodialysis applications.  This project will use computational tools to model and design materials before they are synthesized, thereby accelerating the screening of new materials.