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Stem cell researcher Phan Toan Thang: Birthing new skin with umbilical cord stem cells

Wounds may cause some to look away, but stem cell researcher Phan Toan Thang sees “magic” in them. “I like wounds. I see the wound healing. It’s something amazing,” he said. The chief scientist’s passion for healing wounds led him to discover a way to create skin cells quickly and in large quantities by using […]

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Cord blood banking matters to me: Shilpa, Jay and cerebral palsy

A five-year-old could soon be able to hug his mother for the first time when he becomes one of the first children in the world to undergo a pioneering stem cell treatment. Jay Shetty has been severely disabled since birth and suffers from cerebral palsy, meaning he has never been able to walk, talk or […]

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Devon based Biovault becomes the only private tissue bank to secure prestigious accreditation

Biovault, the most highly accredited private cord blood bank in the UK has been given the prestigious JACIE recognition for their work undertaken in their sector. JACIE, the Joint Accreditation Committee of the International Society for Cellular Therapy & the European Society for Blood & Marrow Transplantation is responsible for assessing and accrediting the field […]

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Double stem-cell transplant improves outcomes for children with neuroblastoma

In this 2016 press release, the American Society of Clinical Oncology shared the findings of a study of 652 children with high-risk neuroblastoma who were treated with double and single autologous haematopoetic stem cell (HSC)  transplants (stem cells from their own bone marrow). The most significant was that at 3 years, 61.4% of patients who […]

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New way of growing blood vessels could boost regenerative medicine

Growing tissues and organs in the lab for transplantation into patients could become easier after scientists discovered an effective way to produce three-dimensional networks of blood vessels, vital for tissue survival yet a current stumbling block in regenerative medicine. In addition the technique to grow the blood vessels in a 3D scaffold cuts down on […]

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Stem cell therapy gives hope to MS patients

A radical and risky stem cell therapy has been shown to halt and even reverse some of the symptoms of those worst affected by multiple sclerosis, a disease that in many people has proved untreatable. Doctors in Canada conducted an experimental stem cell transplant with 24 patients who were expected to be confined to a wheelchair […]

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First corneal stem cell transplant conducted in Ireland

On Tuesday 7th June 2016, the first Limbal Stem Cell transplant in Ireland was performed by Mr. William Power, Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital (RVEEH) in Dublin.   While this technique has been available in a number of other countries, until now this was not a treatment option available in Ireland. […]

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Stroke Survivors Walk Again After Stem Cells Infusion

Stroke survivors who believed they would be paralysed or need a wheelchair for the rest of their lives are walking and moving again following a ground-breaking stem cell treatment. 18 patients who agreed to allow doctors to drill a hole in their skull and inject stem cells into the damaged part of their brain have […]

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Umbilical stem cell transplant for adult leukaemia

A MOTHER battling leukaemia is to undergo a stem cell transplant despite a worldwide search failing to find a perfect bone marrow match. Vanessa Myers, from Leeds, desperately needs the transplant to save her life and though doctors have been checking globally, no compatible donor has been found. The mum-of-one is now to have the […]

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