Doctors and Scientist at the Southampton General Hospital have successfully completed a hip transplant by using a titanium socket and a bone scaffold loaded with skeletal stem cells. The team, led by orthopedic surgeon Douglas Dunlap, 3D printed the titanium implant, and then added the bone graft filled with stem cells to the pelvis to encourage bone regrowth behind and around the metal replacement. Continue reading
In a recent Phase 1 Clinical Trial, a team of researchers at the National University of Ireland, Galway, were successful in developing a treatment for osteoarthritis that utilizes autologous [the patient’s own] stem cells. According to Professor Frank Barry, scientific director of the Regenerative Medicine Institute at NUI Galway, “Using the patient’s own stem cells we have been able to treat their diseased joints and relieve their suffering and burden of pain.” Continue reading
Researchers from the Institute for Ophthalmology at the University College of London report on a significant advancement in stem cell therapy that can potentially lead to new treatments for blindness. Adult stem cells were manipulated into rod cells and then injected into blind animal models, partially restoring the vision of the animals. Continue reading
Doctors from pain clinics across the country, such as the Arizona Pain Stem Cell Institute, are now offering stem cell therapies to patients suffering from plantar fasciitis. The new treatment involves injections of bone-derived stem cells to reduce inflammation and regenerate damaged tissue in the plantar fascia. Continue reading
The Ninth Annual Stem Cell Summit will take place on February 18th in New York City. The summit will feature presentations from the stem cell industry’s premier researchers, executives, and investors to address recent advances and this year’s expectations of the Stem Cell / Regenerative Medical industry. Continue reading
Collaborating reseachers from the Department of Ophthalmology at the Bonn University Hospital and the Neural Stem Cell Institute in New York have successfully replaced damaged cells in eyes impaired by Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) with human stem cells. This implantation technique, conducted in an animal study is the first of its kind and represents a significant advance in developing personalized treatments for patients suffering from a variety of age-related visual impairment issues. Continue reading
Cartilage injuries can range from small lesions, such as those of athletes, to chronic injuries, such as cartilage degradation. Cartilage injuries, which are difficult to repair and have limited options for surgery, and usually results in a drastic affect on quality of life of afflicted individuals. In addition, the health, number and vitality of cartilage cells diminish with age.
Researchers at Georgia Reagents University, Medical College of Georgia have discovered a signaling molecule that helps stem cells to survive in a low-oxygen environment, such as inside the bone marrow. This discovery is a significant advance in understanding the way stem cells works in their natural environment thus aiding researchers in the development of more effective therapies to combat bone loss as the world population ages.
Researchers at the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (IBBME) and the University of Toronto find that a fusion of combined growth factors with older stem cells can cause them to function like younger cells. Enhanced techniques for the regeneration/proliferation of stem cells, as demonstrated in the IBBME research, will likely accelerate the development of autologous stem cell treatments, which we believe are emerging as the gold standard of regenerative treatments. The ability to successfully culture the patient’s own stem cells in vitro [outside the body] to clinically relevant numbers and then transplant them back into the patient represents a significant milestone in fostering the widespread application of stem cell treatments.
Like many forms of chronic disease, diabetes is on the rise in the U.S. and globally. Diabetes causes many complications, a very common symptom being the development of ulcers in feet. Often, this results in the amputation of the foot. In addition, according to Dr. Sankaranarayanan, “if left untreated, patients with diabetic foot ulcer may develop serious cardiac and renal complications.”