About The ASCR Network
The Adult Stem Cell Research (ASCR) Network is an internet-based project of the Cell Therapy Foundation designed to be a well-maintained and reliable source of information for physicians and the public regarding adult stem cell research. ASCR seeks to disseminate the latest scientific news in the adult stem cell arena, identify leading researchers in the field, and locate key clinical trials in order to help patients and research unite in a beneficial and timely manner.
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ADULT STEM CELL NEWS
Find links below to the latest news and developments
in the adult stem cell sector from around the world.
RESEARCH WATCH: Study data published from scleroderma trial that used stem cell transplant as treatment
June 30, 2014
A new study out of Europe showed an increase in long-term survival rates for scleroderma patients who received autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) instead of intravenous cyclophosphamide.
Beneficial effects of HSCT in systemic sclerosis had been indicated in previous studies, but no one had studied the possibility of the treatment increasing survival rates. This prompted colleagues at 29 centers in 10 countries across Europe to conduct a new study with a specific aim of finding out whether or not morbidity rates were helped by HSCT.
TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES: More Stem Cells Equal More Help for Patients
June 10, 2014
The benefits of cord blood preservation are becoming more widely known, but many people still do not know that the placenta is a rich source of these life-giving adult stem cells, as well. Cell Therapy Foundation does not promote one specific company or method of stem cell collection, but welcomes all advances that are being made in this field to make these collection processes more efficient and effective. One such noteworthy advance is the CordAdvantage collection process.
RESEARCH WATCH: MSCs and the Knees
June 10, 2014
Know anyone suffering from knee pain or problems with their meniscus? This study from earlier in the year should interest them.
It details how just a single injection of allogeneic mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) after surgery provided a statistically significant amount of pain relief for patients who underwent partial meniscectomy when compared to the control group (who received no stem cell injection).
Low-power Laser Encourages New Dentin Formation
June 10, 2014
RESEARCH WATCH: Low-power Laser Encourages New Dentin Formation
This research is not only noteworthy for its outcomes, but also for its uncomplicated methodology: a laser.
In a very simplified summary, it went like this: a Harvard-led group used a non-ionizing, low-power laser to induce a series of molecular reactions which activated latent Transforming Growth Factor-Beta 1 (TGF-β1), a common regulatory cell protein. The TGF-β1 subsequently triggered the dental stem cells to grow into dentin.
* Designates sites with available clinical trials.
- * Adult Stem Cell Laboratory, Medical College of Georgia
- * Feinberg Cardiovascular Research Institute - Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
- * Indiana Center for Vascular Biology and Medicine, Laboratories - Indianapolis, IN
- * Regenerative Medicine Institute, Mexico
- * Stem Cell Center at Texas Heart Institute - Houston, TX
- * Adipose Stem Cell Center, University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh, PA
- Adipose Tissue Plasticity - Toulouse France
- Adult Stem Cell Laboratory - Seoul, South Korea
- Adult Stem Cell Research Ctr, Seoul National University - Seoul, South Korea
- The Cardiovascular Research Institute - Washington, DC
- * Center for Cardiovascular Cell Therapy - Louisville, KY
- * Division of Clinical Immunology and Transfusional Medicine - Stockholm, Sweden
- Excellion Biomedical Services - Petropolis, Rio de Janeiro
- * Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute/UM Med - Miami, FL
- Institute of Cell and Molecular Science - London, England
- Kolonin Lab - Centre for Stem Cell Research - Houston, TX
- Laboratory for Stem Cell Injury - Charleston, SC
- LIT - Laboratory of Transplantation Immunobiology - Sao Paulo, Brazil
- * Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation - Minneapolis, MN
- * Molecular Cardiology Laboratory - ThoraxCenter - Rotterdam, Netherlands
- National Centre for Adult Stem Cell Research at Griffith University - Nathan Queensland, Australia
- Naviaux Lab - The Mitochondrial and Metabolic Disease Center - San Diego, CA
- Oklahoma Center for Adult Stem Cell Research (OCASCR) - Oklahoma City, OK
- * Penn Lab - Cleveland Clinic - Cleveland, OH
- Prantl Laboratory - Center for Adult Stem Cell Research - Regensburg, Germany
- Research & Development Unit - National Heart Centre, Singapore
- RhinoCyte™, Inc. - Louisville, KY
- Scandurro Research Laboratory - New Orleans, LA
- Simari Lab - Mayo Clinic - Rochester, MN
- * Skeletal Tissue Engineering Group - Amsterdam
- * Skeletal Research Center, Case Western Reserve University - Cleveland, OH
- Stem Cell Biology Laboratory, Pennington Biomedical Research Center - Baton Rouge, LA
- Stem Cell Biology and Cell Therapy Laboratory - Philadelphia, PA
- Stem Cell Research Center - Pittsburgh, PA
- Stem Cell Research Center - Taipei, Taiwan
- Yoder Laboratory - Indianapolis, IN
- * Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine - Winston-Salem, NC