BAR HARBOR — MDI Biological Laboratory is breaking ground on kidney disease research.
Dr. Iain Drummond, scientific director for the Davis Center for Regenerative Biology and Aging, works with the (Re)Building a Kidney Consortium and said kidneys are critical to filtering our blood.
Their team has been using zebrafish to study the intricacies of kidney regeneration.
They have been localizing podocytes, which are cells in the kidney, and testing their effects on kidney function.
“Many people die every day waiting for a kidney so what do we know about how to make new tissue? How do we learn how embryos do it? And can we replicate some of that in the context of regenerative medicine to replace kidney function for those who really need it?” he said.
Drummond said they are studying how the cells of the kidney communicate with one another.
He said his goal is to help prevent and treat chronic kidney disease.