Stem Cells With a Heart of Gold.

Scientists use gold nanoparticles to improve stem cell transplants for heart disease patients.

A team of bioengineers from Tel Aviv University is currently developing a scaffold to help regenerate heart muscle through the use of autologous stem cells.  The scientists, led by Dr. Tal Dvir, aim to replace damaged cardiac tissue in heart attack patients by creating a scaffold out of collagen and gold nanoparticles, and then infusing it with the patient’s own stem cells to stimulate the rejuvenation of cardiomyocytes. Continue reading

Gel-Like Polymers May Improve Stem Cell-Based Therapies.

Scientists are developing a polymeric gel to protect stem cells from trauma during transplant injections.

Complex chemical polymers are currently being developed by scientists at Stanford University to protect and support the proliferation of stem cells during spinal cord transplantation procedures.  The gels are designed to provide padding for the cells during injection, while also varying in viscosity and the biochemical signals contained within to offer stem cells an optimal environment for differentiation. Continue reading

New York Times: The Eruption of Stem Cell Therapies.

Mr. Edgar Irastorza is one of thousands of people already benefiting from the progression of stem cell based therapies.

As reported on the front page of the New York Times Science section, clinical applications of stem cell based therapies are accelerating at a rate that will revolutionize the medical field in a matter of years.  In the United States alone, there are currently over 4000 therapies in clinical trials for the treatment of heart disease, blindness, spinal cord injuries, diabetes, H.I.V., and other diseases, injuries, and traumas. Continue reading

Stem Cell Treatment for Heart Damage Progresses to Phase 2 Clinical Trials

The progression of stem cell treatments is the only way to help the heart regenerate its own muscle.

Research teams from Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and the Minneapolis Heart Institute with funding from CIRM [California Institute for Regenerative Medicine] are moving to Phase 2 Clinical Trials for a treatment that utilizes cardiac stem cells to repair severe heart damage.  The treatment development was led by Eduardo Marbán, a director at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and founder of Capricor.  This groundbreaking treatment involves the injection of stem cells into the coronary artery, which then migrate to the heart and promote the regrowth of healthy heart muscle. Continue reading

Mesoblast to Enter Phase III Clinical Trial for Heart Failure Stem Cell Treatment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mesoblast, a leading stem cell technology and regenerative therapeutics company, received FDA approval to begin a Phase III clinical trial utilizing their stem cell therapy [Revascor] to treat heart failure.  We have reported on Mesoblast in previous posts; most recently, the announcement that they were developing neural related regenerative therapies utilizing dental pulp stem cells.

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American Heart Association Reports on Stem Cell Clinical Trials

 

 

 

 

At this year’s American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, abstracts reporting on clinical trials involving the use of stem cells to treat various types of heart disease, such as Acute Myocardial Infarction and Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, were presented.

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