Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Stem Cells for Premature Babies

Stem cell doc aims for innovative treatment for premature babies 
By Graham Lankree - Metro Ottawa

Half of premature babies develop chronic lung disease, yet Dr. Bernard Thebaud believes their undeveloped lungs can be given a second chance with stem cell therapies created here in Ottawa, Canada.

“There’s a structure in Ottawa to help that dream come true,” said Dr. Thebaud, a renowned stem cell research scientist, Wednesday following an announcement that this fall he will join the city’s Sprott Centre for Stem Cell Research.

“Since it opened in 2006, the centre has become internationally recognized,” Dr. Thebaud said. And within five years he plans to harness its resources to develop treatments for premature baby’s lungs and launch clinical trials for 10 to 20 patients.

Most premature babies are kept on respirators and given oxygen to keep them alive, but these treatments damage their lungs and there is presently no cure, he said.

“Dr. Thebaud is without a doubt, a world-leader in stem cell research and as a clinician-scientist, he is ideally positioned to develop and test new therapies for patients,” said fellow stem-cell researcher Dr. Duncan Stewart, who is CEO and Scientific Director at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.

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1 comment:

  1. There is no doubt that medical science has achieved a number of mile stones, especially at the time of emergency but at the same time it is also true that its medication has a number of side effects. So at that moment stem cell therapy can be considered as a perfect solution that to without any medication. Thank you.

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