How Clinical Trials on Stem Cell Therapies Work, and Where to Find Them

How Clinical Trials on Stem Cell Therapies Work, and Where to Find Them

The most important resource on stem cell clinical trials is registry ClinicalTrials.gov. This registry provides the public with easy access to information on publicly and privately supported clinical studies. The ClinicalTrials.gov web site is maintained by the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. Information (NIH) and is provided and updated by the…

What are the potential uses of human stem cells? What obstacles must still be overcome before these potential uses will be realized?

What are the potential uses of human stem cells? What obstacles must still be overcome before these potential uses will be realized?

There are many ways in which human stem cells can be used in research and in the clinic. Studies of  stem cells continue to yield information about their complex capabilities. A primary goal of this research is to identify how undifferentiated stem cells become the differentiated cells that form the tissues and organs. Scientists know that turning genes on…

Mending a Broken Heart and Addressing Diabetes with Adult Stem Cells

Mending a Broken Heart and Addressing Diabetes with Adult Stem Cells

Researchers are learning about mending a broken heart–that is, how to generate healthy heart muscle stem cells in the laboratory and then transplant those cells into patients with chronic heart disease. Preliminary research in mice and other animals indicates that bone marrow stromal cells, transplanted into a damaged heart, can have beneficial effects. Whether these cells can…

Stem Cell Research and Stem Cell Therapy: When can stem cells be used to treat patients?

Stem Cell Research and Stem Cell Therapy: When can stem cells be used to treat patients?

The difference between stem cell research and therapy is in the scientific evidence that supports therapeutic intervention to be beneficial for the patient. Stem cells have the remarkable potential to develop into many different types of cells in the body during early life and growth. In addition, in many tissues, stem cells serve as a sort…