Epibone creates precisely measured scaffolding for stem cells to recreate damaged bone.
The New York-based startup Epibone intends to begin human testing on a procedure that will utilize stem cells to regenerate living bone tissue. The researchers, originally from Columbia University, will apply autologous [the patient’s own] stem cells to nanofiber scaffolding of the desired size and shape and direct the stem cells to differentiate into a physical and genetic replica of the patient’s own bone. Continue reading →
Beijing researchers are capitalizing on the abilities of mesenchymal stem cells to reduce inflammation and promote cell growth to combat systemic lupus erythematosus.
In a recent clinical study conducted in Beijing, researchers are testing a treatment for patients suffering from systemic lupus erythematosus by administering autologous [the patient’s own] mesenchymal stem cells. The researchers aim to capitalize on the unique abilities of MSCs to not only differentiate into a multitude of different cell types, but to reduce the autoimmune attack in patients affected by lupus as well. Continue reading →
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 →
The transplantation of stem cells into areas affected by osteoarthritis allow lost cartilage tissue to regenerate.
In recent clinical trials, researchers at the National University of Ireland Galway have successfully utilized adult stem cells to treat patients with osteoarthritis. The treatment involves recovering the patients’ own [autologous] stem cells and then injecting the stem cells into cartilage to stimulate the regeneration of lost tissue. Continue reading →
A research team led by Doctor Alexander Seifalian at University College London is currently creating custom lab-grown organs and body parts for patients utilizing autologous [the patient’s own] stem cells. The scientists have engineered a polymer material that they mold into the shape of an organ in need, infuse with the patient’s stem cells, and then transplant back onto the patient’s body. Continue reading →
Mesenchymal Stem Cell treatment has been shown to improve bone tissue formation in babies with osteogenesis imperfecta.
Researchers from Karolinska Institutet’s Department of Clinical Sciences have developed an application for mesenchymal stem cells [the same type found in Dental Stem Cells] to provide treatment for children born with osteogenesis imperfecta. The researchers utilized the unique properties of MSCs to facilitate and improve bone tissue formation through in utero transplantations. Continue reading →
Stem Cells could make knee cartilage repair more convenient and 75% less expensive.
Researchers in the Netherlands at UMC Utrecht have developed a method to combine two chondrocyte knee repair surgeries into one using mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). The new procedure takes chondrocytes (cells found in cartilage) from the patient, mixes them with specialized MSCs, and then implants them back into the damaged area of the knee. The stem cells help regenerate the cartilage, while the patient’s own cells avoid an immune response when implanting the mixture. 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.