Osteoarthritis Stem Cell Treatment in Clinical Trial

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

Cartilage Regeneration Method Promises Rapid Knee Repair

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