Posts Tagged ‘transplants’

Interspecies generation of insulin producing cells now a reality

Author: David Kent, 03/01/17

From science fiction novelists through to medical doctors and industry leaders, a huge amount of attention has been given to the idea of growing human organs for transplantation in large farm animals like pigs and sheep. The need for organs to transplant into patients is one driving motivation (~5000 patients waiting in Canada alone), but…Read more

The stem cell therapy’s obstacle course

Author: Jovana Drinjakovic, 08/25/16

Science fiction became real life in September 2014, when a team of eye surgeons in Japan transplanted a body part, grown entirely in a dish, into the eye of a patient suffering from an eye disease. The retinal graft came from the patient’s skin cells, raising hopes that one day our own bodies could be…Read more

Update from the Clinic: November

Author: Mark Curtis, 12/23/14

. Welcome to your Update from the Clinic for the month of November. NeoStem announced initial positive data from its Phase 2 study in acute myocardial infarction. Neuralstem’s human neural stem cells are shown to have long-term viability following transplant, while Fibrocell is given clearance for an investigational new drug (IND) application to develop a…Read more

Beta cell transplant, hype or hope?

Author: Mark Curtis, 12/04/14

. The Edmonton Protocol for the transplantation of insulin producing cells into individuals with type 1 diabetes (T1DM) has a cost per quality-adjusted life year (QALY) of ~$165,000. This is more than three times the willingness-to-pay (WTP) in Canada, and comfortably twice the WTP in the United States for many health care insurance plans. Even…Read more