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Stem Cell Clinical Trial by Johns Hopkins NOT Groundbreaking

Wednesday, July 27, 2005 - Stem Cell Guru

The announcement of a forthcoming clinical trial to be conducted by Johns Hopkins has been picked up by the Associated Press and made its way into a wide variety of news publications over the last couple days. The media seems to think the human Phase I trial and the research team's previous work with pigs is ground breaking stuff. It is not.

Similar trials in Brazil, Germany and Thailand precede the Johns Hopkins study and here in Bangkok, hospitals are already treating heart disease patients with stem cell therapy.

The real news story is about those lucky few who have discovered stem cell therapy now and are enjoying better lives because of it. How many misguided Americans will wait (and die) for treatment to become available in the United States years from now that is already available in Thailand?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been following stem cell research for sometime and agree that the wording of the article title "groundbreaking" is not correct. Anyhow, your work is truly wonderful. I would think many more Americans will be willing to undergo this treatment, once the word is out. you think there will be a smiliar (adult stem cells) available to treat liver disease sometime this decade?

11:26 AM  
Blogger TheraVitae, maker of VesCell said...

" you think there will be a smiliar (adult stem cells) available to treat liver disease sometime this decade?"

We are not presently working on any adult stem cell therapy for liver disease but there are other people working on it.

As far as an available treatment, 5 to 10 years is not an unreasonable expectation. However, as with any sort of research direction both breakthroughs and serious unforseen problems may arise.

12:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so glad that the misleading wording of the AP article about Hopkins is not going unnoticed. I work for a member of "the Texas team" at THI, which is mentioned in the August newsletter, and we were disappointed in the Associated Press.
Anyway, I hope that you will continue to have success with the amazing work y'all are doing!
Thank you for helping to inform people about the potential benefits of our work.
Take care!

8:02 PM  
Blogger TheraVitae, maker of VesCell said...

To Anonymous at THI:
Thanks for the encouraging comment. Here's one for you:
It was the great work your team did with the seven doctors in Brazil in 2002-03 that got us interested in this subject in the first place.
How is your clinical trial coming along?

11:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you think there will be soon stem cell available for Hearing loss?
Any help or direction for treatment is very much appreciated.

7:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While I'm starting the qualification process for VesCell therapy, my next concern is the diabetes that likely precipitated my heart disease.
I was on a waiting list for an islet cell (cadaver source) tansplant trial, when the study was terminated. Is TheraVitae, or any one researching Pancreatic Stem Cell (autologous) therapy?

2:52 AM  

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