By Staff Reports
(DGIwire) – Stem cell research is often in the news these days. Keeping track of all the advances in this fast-evolving area requires knowing about the different types of stem cells and their current uses. And those uses cover a huge range: from a recent report in The Independent noting how stem cell therapy could offer insights on limb regeneration, to a Medical Daily piece on researchers using stem cells to create “mini retinas” in addressing blindness, to a CBS News report on stem cell therapy for heart failure patients, the rate of advances is astonishing. Here is a brief overview of four major stem cell types and how they are being implemented:
“The dizzying array of stem cell types and their potential applications represent one of the most exciting frontiers in medical research today,” says Dr. Stephen Huhn, VP, Clinical Research and Chief Medical Officer of StemCells, Inc., a developer of stem cell therapy for spinal cord injury. “Clinical studies are being conducted to determine the extent to which patients can benefit from various types of stem cell therapies.”
For example, the Pathway Study, being conducted by StemCells, Inc. at various sites around the U.S and in Canada, is evaluating human neural stem cell transplantation as a potential therapy for those with cervical spinal cord injury. The purpose of the study is to evaluate the safety and potential benefit of an investigational product called human central nervous system stem cells (HuCNS-SC®) for people with this type of injury. To learn about eligibility for enrollment in the study, please visit www.sciresearchstudy.com.