Researchers at the Mayo Clinic are using autologous (the patients’ own) stem cells to treat a rare congenital heart defect. For infants born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, the first few months of life are a complicated battle that involves several reconstructive surgeries that repair the underdeveloped left portion of the heart and help the right side maintain the increased load. The infants are participating in a Phase I clinical trial after being diagnosed with the syndrome before birth. At birth, the researchers obtained the patients’ cord blood stem cells and cryopreserved them until the second reconstructive operation of the heart, which typically follows a few months after birth. The researchers injected the patients’ stem cells into the affected site of the heart to support and strengthen the weakened cardiac muscle in the area.
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Author Kali Sakai, reports on banking stem cells from teeth in Parent Map. The daughter of a dentist, Sakai learned about teeth, however she was unaware of the stem cells inside teeth. As Sakai states, “It blew my mind to think that my child’s baby tooth could hold the key to a life-saving treatment in her adulthood”.
A team led by Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, of Columbia University has successfully grown a variety of bone structures utilizing a scaffold infused with stem cells.
The team has grown more than 50 healthy bones from stem cells. The team is experimenting with a variety of scaffolding materials, including bone stripped of all cellular material as well as silk scaffolds developed by Tufts University. The scaffolding with the stem cells are housed in a bioreactor which nourishes and directs the stem cells to regenerate and differentiate into newbone. As the new bone develops, the scaffolding material dissolves, resulting in new, fully-functioning bone.
Johannesburg, South Africa - After three-year-old Isabella "Pippie" Kruger was burned on over 80% of her body in a tragic accident, her mother was left searching for a viable option to repair her extremely damaged skin and save her life.
After the birth of her youngest son Carlo, Lisa Valastro, wife of TLC's "Cake Boss" Buddy Valastro, made the wise investment of banking the stem cells from Carlo’s cord blood and placenta in the event that he may need them for future medical treatment. Valastro previously banked the cord blood stem cells from each of her four children's umbilical cords, ensuring that they would each have access to the best possible match for stem cell therapies: their own stem cells.
Dr. Jeremy Mao, StemSave’s Chief Science Advisor presented at the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) Annual Meeting in Tampa, FL this past week.
Dr Mao, DDS, PhD, a leading stem cell researcher and co-head of Columbia University's Center for Craniofacial Regeneration, discussed several recent advances in stem cell dental treatments and the likely impact stem cells will have on the practice of dentistry.
Professor Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, one of StemSave's Scientific Advisers, has just been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Engineering (NAE), one of the highest professional distinctions awarded to an engineer, for her work with bioreactor systems and modeling approaches for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. She joins only 2,500 engineers around the world.
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