Stem Cell Research - Changing Wishes to Possibilities and Possibilities to Reality

by Medindia Content Team on  January 7, 2006 at 11:39 AM Health In Focus   - G J E 4
The first International symposium on Stem cell Research and Therapy was conducted in Chennai, on the 6th of January. The programme was organized by LifeCell, a pioneer in stem cell banking in association with Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, one of the reputed medical institutions in the country.
Stem Cell Research - Changing Wishes to Possibilities and Possibilities to Reality
Stem Cell Research - Changing Wishes to Possibilities and Possibilities to Reality

Dr. Mammen Chandy, a leading hematologist, CMC, Vellore, headed the symposium. Following a small introduction about 'Journey of LifeCell', the scientific session was held. Dr. Paul. R. Sanberg, Dr. Umesh Banakar, Dr.Michael E.Trigg, Dr. Naynesh Kamani were amongst the participants.

Different aspects related to the potential of stem cell therapy and research was discussed in detail. The results of 'Stem cell therapy in the treatment of neurological disorders such as ALS and stroke' (in animal models), the 'Role of stem cell transplantation in hematological malignancies' (chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), acute myeloid leukemia (AML), acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), aplastic anemia, Hodgkin's disease), an 'Overview of the ethical concerns associated with human stem cell research', the possibility of 'Stem cell transplantation as a curative therapy: Examples of Cord Blood use in Children- Outcome and Complications' and the use of 'Cord blood as an alternative source of haematopoietic Stem Cells for Transplantation in Children' were some of the topics discussed.

The ultimate goal of stem cell research is to repair a damaged tissue that cannot heal by itself. Stem cells that are rightly termed as the 'proverbial nectar of immortality', can be used in the treatment of many diseases, which are often thought incurable. A few areas where this new treatment modality can be applied range from chronic diseases such as diabetes, stroke, cardiovascular disease to acute conditions like traumatic brain injury and limb amputation.

Stem cell therapy and research has drawn much excitement and attention, both from members of the scientific community and general public due to the ethical concerns associated with it. Concepts of respect for human life, immortality, damage caused to human embryo (generated for reproductive purposes) during stem cell harvest, and the possibility of cloning human embryos for research are a few of the ethical considerations to be tackled before initiating stem cell research on a large scale.

Even though stem cell experiments conducted on animal models show much hope and promise in miracle cures, extreme caution has to be excised before this excitement can be translated to practical human clinical applications.

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i am abdul from father is suffering from optic atrophy due bih.he has undergone embolisations,optic nerve sheath fenestrations,lp there any possibility to bring his sight back by stem cell theraphy.

rakabdul Wednesday, January 7, 2009
I am seeking extensive info about stem cell therapy for a stroke victim.....myself. I am anxious to know what is available and the success rate of stem cell therapy for stroke.
guest Monday, April 14, 2008
hii...myslf dr amit ..doing my ms in ent at pgi chandigarh...our deptt goin to do stem cell implant in optic nerve injury...results r if u want u can come here...its for d first time in world...u r all welcome
guest Thursday, July 26, 2007
I would like to know more details of how vision can be improved for my daughter whose right eye has a vision of only 6/60. She had undergone cryo and laser surgeries at the age of 5 for macular degeneration and angioma. The optic nerve is presently atrophied. There is a small scar tissue in the retina. She is now 15 years of age. If there is any scope for further improvement in sight with stem cells please inform. What kind of stem cells ae being experimented at chandigarh? Embryonic or umbilical cord type?
guest Thursday, October 2, 2008
my brother met with an accident and lost his vision in one eye in his childhood.doc says his optic nerve is present he is 23years old.can you tell me any treatment is possible and where?what about stem cell treatment?pl help me.thank you
guest Sunday, April 15, 2007
my son met with an accident and lost his vision in one eye in 2001.doc says his optic nerve is present he is 17 years old.can you tell me any treatment is possible and where?what about stem cell treatment?pl help me.thank you
guest Friday, April 13, 2007
can i have stem cell therapy for muscle cell regeneration?
guest Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Hi, i'm mostafa kamal from egypt and i suffer from optic nerve atrophy, around 70% and ritinitis pigmentosa which was attributed to consanguinity. i can seen light. i wanna know if i can have stem cell treatment. and how to get it?
guest Wednesday, May 24, 2006
hi, i am physically handicapped.i am 25 yrs old now. i was affected when i was four & half years old. i'm affected below abdomen both legs. is there any hope in stem cell treatment for my case,presently i'm walking with callipers & scrutches. thankyou
guest Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Hi! I am Dr.Mayank Bhavsar[M.D.], 47 yrs suffering frm Optic Neuritis with Primary optic atrophy. My que. are: 1. Is stem cell useful in my case at present?yes or no. 2.i am ready 2 take stem cell treatment even on experimental base anywhere in the world is it possible? 3. if at present it is not possible in my case than how much time it will take?
guest Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Hi I am Anand Nagaraj. I am 33 years old and am a software Engineer based in Bangalore India. 1.I have been suffering from disseminated ,posterior Choroditis (Uveitis) for the past 15 Years , which is recurrent. 2. I have undergone treatment in Ayurveda (ancient Indian Medical Science). The doctor gave me some hope that it would regenerate Retinal cells and stop further deterioration of my eye. 3. For a couple of years it did not recur but I have noticed that the blind patches are expanding and are dangerously above my Centre of Vision. My questions are : 1. Do you think Stem Cell Research would ultimately be beneficial ? Yes or No 2. Since Stem Cell Therapy is the only way out for me and is still in the experimental stage , I would like to know how long it may take for researchers to come up with a viable solution ? Maybe 5 years , 10 years… or more 3. How long it may take for Stem Cell treatment in Eye Diseases particularly mine? Maybe 5 years , 10 years… or more
guest Monday, January 9, 2006

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