At a conference in Edinburgh this week, stem cell researchers have discussed about stem cell treatment of deadly diseases like type 1 diabetes, blindness and Parkinson’s and even heart disease and stroke. Researchers told that stem cell research has so far been successful in treating diseases like cancer and age related blindness. These diseases are caused by the loss of a single type of cell, which researchers hope could be replaced by a stem cell transplant. Researchers told that stem cell research has so far been successful in treating diseases like cancer and age related blindness among the others.

The researchers, in the conference, discussed about various treatments. Some of the excerpts are given below:

Professor Christine Mummery, one of the world’s leading heart stem cell experts, said that they are applying stem cell research to treat heart diseases of mice and they are hopeful about the experiment. “We have made real progress in producing the right sort of cells that would be needed to repair hearts damaged by disease. But there are hurdles still to overcome”, said Prof. Mummery.

Doctor Josh Brickman, of Edinburgh University’s Institute for Stem Cell Research, has made progress in creating specialized liver and pancreas stem cells in mice and humans. His work is a small part of a global effort to find stem cell treatments for type 1 diabetes.

PARKINSON’S, doctors say, is caused by insufficient levels of the hormone dopamine in a specific part of the mid brain - due to the death of a particular type of brain cells. They believe it may be possible to take a small sample of skin from a Parkinson’s patient, and turn it into a stem cell transplant, which could restore their normal brain function.

Source: THE HERALD