The Sutter Neuroscience Institute launches trial of cord blood stem cells in autistic kids
The Sutter Neuroscience Institute in Sacramento has launched the innovative research to discover whether infusing umbilical cord stem cells into the blood streams of autistic children will help them overcome the debilitating characteristics of the condition.
Dr Michael Chez, the principal investigator and Sutter’s director of pediatric neurology said, “The clinical trial is the first of its kind to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.”
The research will also help in identifying a valuable new tool in the struggle against autism spectrum disorders which affects about 1 in 88 children nationwide and 1 in 54 boys.
Chez said, “This is an exciting trial, because it is exposing us to the new frontier of stem cells and whether they may have some positive effect on this disease,” Mr. Chez said. He also said, “This is the start of a new age of research in stem cell therapies for chronic diseases such as autism.”
The present research has also revealed robust new uses for the stem cells. According to a report by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, the likelihood of a child being given a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder increased more than 20% from 2006 to 2008.
The Sutter clinical trial follows promising research in using the cord blood stem cells to help the children with cerebral palsy to improve motor function.
Sutter Neuroscience Institute offers compassionate care, skilled diagnosis and advanced treatment for complex conditions of brain, spine and central nervous system for children and adults.
Dubai's new smart neuro spinal hospital: need to know
We take a look at Dubai's new smart hospital.
What: The Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre is a new hospital featuring state-of-the-art technology for spinal, neurosurgical, neurological, orthopaedic, radiosurgery and cancer treatments. The 700 million AED hospital, (equivalent to £138 million), has 114 beds, smart patient rooms, and green spaces for patient rehabilitation, and is four times the capacity of its former premises in Jumeirah. It is also the UAE’s first hospital to have surgical robots.
Where: The hospital is located in the Dubai Science Park. Founded in 2005, Dubai Science Park is home to more than 350 companies from multinational corporations in life sciences, biotechnology and research; over 4,000 people work here each day.
Who: The UAE's Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre was first established in Jumeirah in 2002 by Dr. Abdul Karim Msaddi, as the first as the first "super-specialty" neuroscience hospital.
Why: With advanced diagnosis and robotics, the hospital will provide care across neuroscience, spine, orthopaedics and oncology for people residing in the UAE, as well as international patients.
Prof. Abdul Karim Msaddi, Chairman and Medical Director of the hospital, said: “We are proud to bring world-class healthcare services to Dubai and believe our next-generation hospital will be a game-changer for the emirate’s and the region’s medical industry.
"It will not only significantly increase the availability of specialist neuroscience and radiosurgery treatments and provide better patient care but help attract and develop local and international talent. Investing in the new centre represents our continued faith in the resilience of the region’s economy, as well as a testament to our ongoing drive towards healthcare innovation in the UAE.”