September 2005

Stem Cell24 Sep 2005 12:48 am

Human Trial for Stem Cell Treatment of Long Bone Fractures

Adult stem cell specialist Mesoblast of Australia will start testing its stem cell technology in humans, after receiving ethics approval for its first orthopaedic study.

Pre-clinical animal studies have already shown that Mesoblast’s technology is safe and able to generate new bone growth, but this trial will be the first time that it is tested in humans.

Mesoblast Limited is an Australian biotechnology company committed to the development of novel treatments for orthopaedic conditions, including the commercialisation of a unique adult stem cell technology aimed at the regeneration and repair of bone and cartilage.
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Stem Cell24 Sep 2005 12:39 am

Injectable Robot to Check Stem-cell Transplants

Stem Cell Pioneer, Professor Hwang Woo-suk once said, “Without marrying biotechnology (BT) with information technology (IT), it is difficult to put research results to practical use with BT alone.”

He intends to use remote controlled sub-miniature robots to identify treatment locations, check treatment success status and transmit the data in real-time and much more.

Professor Hwang’s research have been raising expectations with his ground-breaking research on stem cells and cloned pigs that they will greatly contribute to treatments for incurable diseases.
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Cord Blood Banking& Stem Cell21 Sep 2005 11:36 am

National Cord Blood Stem Cell Bank Network

The US Senate is highly expected to pass legislation to provide $79 million in funding over the next five years to establish and maintain a National Cord Blood Stem Cell Bank Network, after legislation was passed by Congress in May by a vote of 430 to 1.

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Cerebral Palsy& Diabetes& Heart& Muscular Dystrophy& Parkinson's Disease& Stem Cell19 Sep 2005 06:08 am

Stem Cell Research at AIIMS: Future Direction

“For future research, we are looking at all areas -diabetes, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, other neurological disorders and Parkinson’s disease. The residual damage after stroke too can be minimised by injecting stem cells,” Dr Venugopal, Director of AIIMS said.

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Stem Cell19 Sep 2005 06:01 am

Stem Cell Scientists Bag Top US Medical Prize

Two Canadian scientists, Dr. Ernest McCulloch and Dr. James Till who first identified stem cells have won America’s most prestigious medical award - Lasker prize for basic medical research. They are expected to pick up their $50,000 prizes on Friday in New York.

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Advocacy& Stem Cell19 Sep 2005 05:55 am

Stem Cell Bill: The Real Story

I came across this excellent editorial from Nature Cell Biology. It is the most concise and well-balanced description I have come across about the thorny issues surrounding embryonic stem cell research and pending Bill S.471 and related bills in US. It is also a clarion call to cell biologists to “discuss the issues and alternatives openly with senators at every opportunity before their crucial vote on this and related bills in September”. I would say it is a cause for every educated person in US to stand and fight for.

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Cancer& Stem Cell19 Sep 2005 03:30 am

Blood Cancer: Outstanding Long-Term Outcome with Stem Cell Transplant

Blood Cancer patients who were treated with stem cell transplant are in excellent health after 10 years, indistinguisable from adults of nearby age and same gender who never had blood cancer, according to a new study by researchers at Fred Hutchinson Research Cancer Center. They are “largely indistinguishable” from the general population.

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Stem Cell16 Sep 2005 10:58 pm

Stem cell hope for liver cirrhosis

Researchers in London’s Hammersmith Hospital have begun a pioneering trial using patients’ own stem cells to treat their chronic liver disease.

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Cancer& Cord Blood Banking& Stem Cell16 Sep 2005 10:40 pm

Cord Blood Stem Cells get new Lease of Life and Quality

Biotech firm Chemokine Therapeutics discovered that chemokine analog CTCE-0214 has the ability to enhance survival and expansion of human cord blood stem cells. Studies show CTCE-0214 can multiply the number of stem cells and related progenitor cell subsets from human cord blood through a process called ex-vivo expansion.

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Stem Cell14 Sep 2005 07:30 am

Human Muscle stem cells fight incontinence

Pittsburgh researchers led by Dr. Michael Chancellor injected human muscle-derived stem cells into the periurethral muscle of a well-established animal model for stress urinary incontinence. After four weeks, the model’s leak-point pressure — the pressure at which urine would leak from the bladder — had been restored to normal levels. In other words they were cured of incontinence. Incontinence affects 13 million Americans.

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