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    "The inclusion criteria will be 18-64 years, C5 through T10, able to stand in a standing frame for at least one hour per day, and informed consent."

    Are ASIA A or B still required
    jbs

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      To use so-called none controversial cells – hey, to use any cells. I could pick any pubmed studies and say to the community – hey come on. But why the non-compliance. One can’t take pubmed, inject it to a chronic cord and say it will be ok. The discussions have become Dr. Geeta Shroff alike, which I thought was scrutinised and discussed seriously. Many then flies around the world with CC followers advocating for UCB injections, which does not make anything any better. In fact, it does not help research for SCI, because SCI and more SCI research are not mentioned! I give up.

      Last edited by Leif; 16 Sep 2009, 9:40 PM.

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        Knowing this I think we sci should have our letters of support ready come public comment time.

        Someone up to drafting a generic sample we could use.



        Originally posted by Wise Young View Post
        It is hard to predict what the FDA will do. We are using non-manipulated umbilical cord blood cells (just isolated mononuclear cells) and lithium should not pose any safety issues. We are also using cells provided by the best umbilical cord blood company that has provided over 1000 units of cells for transplantation for other conditions (hematopoietic and oncological conditions). So, one would expect relatively fast approval. However, because there have been very few non-autologous transplantations approved by the FDA in the past decade, they may require additional animal safety. We will go ahead as fast as we can.

        As far as when the treatment will be available to the general population, much depends on the results. If we have robust results indicating safety and benefit, I expect that there will be rapid availability.

        Wise.
        http://justadollarplease.org/

        2010 SCINet Clinical Trial Support Squad Member

        "You kids and your cures, why back when I was injured they gave us a wheelchair and that's the way it was and we liked it!" Grumpy Old Man

        .."i used to be able to goof around so much because i knew Superman had my back. now all i've got is his example -- and that's gonna have to be enough."

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          Has lithium and umbilical cord blood been effective in rats? Are there any positive results from the trials in China?

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            Originally posted by capt'n mark View Post
            Has lithium and umbilical cord blood been effective in rats? Are there any positive results from the trials in China?
            Both umbilical cord blood and lithium have had positive results on their own in trial. The trials are just starting and therefore no results are available. Wise.

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              dr. young

              dr. young-
              in your estimation, how brilliant is your neighbor dr. kerr?

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                I just donated $ 365 on the JustADollarPlease.org website and hope it's not just me doing so.
                I'm tired of sitting on my ass.

                Originally posted by Jim View Post
                We are currently creating the SCINetUSA website and are going live ASAP. Once the website is live I well be sending out an eNewsletter that will direct people to the JustADollarPlease.org website where they can donate.

                Please send me your emails so you can pass the newsletter on to your friends/family. jimbenn@rci.rutgers.edu

                Read this post by Dr Young that outlines our fundraising goals-
                Originally posted by paolocipolla
                Moe,

                I... don't care about what I think ... you should just ignore my posts.

                I don't understand ... words.

                Paolo

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                  Originally posted by cdurfee99 View Post
                  dr. young-
                  in your estimation, how brilliant is your neighbor dr. kerr?
                  Dr. Kerr is brilliant, amongst the most brilliant of my friends. Wise.

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                    Originally posted by Solan View Post
                    I just donated $ 365 on the JustADollarPlease.org website and hope it's not just me doing so.
                    I'm tired of sitting on my ass.
                    how did U do it I google dollar please... got crazy results ...I have Visa

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                      Originally posted by mckeownp View Post
                      how did U do it I google dollar please... got crazy results ...I have Visa
                      confusing options what do I do?

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                        Originally posted by mckeownp View Post
                        confusing options what do I do?
                        www.justadollarplease.org
                        http://justadollarplease.org/

                        2010 SCINet Clinical Trial Support Squad Member

                        "You kids and your cures, why back when I was injured they gave us a wheelchair and that's the way it was and we liked it!" Grumpy Old Man

                        .."i used to be able to goof around so much because i knew Superman had my back. now all i've got is his example -- and that's gonna have to be enough."

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                          Originally posted by Leif View Post
                          Many then flies around the world with CC followers advocating for UCB injections, which does not make anything any better. In fact, it does not help research for SCI, because SCI and more SCI research are not mentioned! I give up.
                          Hi Leif,

                          I'm a little late to this thread, so maybe I'm missing something. But if I understand you correctly, SCINet is proposing to take two therapies that have shown minor promise and then go straight to human trials with a combination of them.

                          I have to say that I don't understand the wisdom of this, nor the enthusiasm this has generated, nor the reason to donate $30 million for this "grand experiment".

                          1) Wouldn't it make more sense to try the UCB + lithium combination out on rats first for, say, $1 million? It wouldn't delay things by more than a year or so. It will probably take at least a year just to raise $30 million.

                          2) If we are raising $30 million for SCI research, wouldn't it make more sense to give it to the programs that have already demonstrated more robust results?

                          3) As can be seen at:

                          http://www.stemcyteinc.com/about/management.html

                          Dr. Young is part of the (presumably paid) management team for StemCyte, the company that is supplying the UCB's for this experiment. Unless they are donating them, this would seem to be a conflict of interest. Most universities require that their researchers take a leave of absence before working at a for-profit outside venture.

                          What am I missing?

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                            Originally posted by Charles Hansen View Post
                            Hi Leif,

                            I'm a little late to this thread, so maybe I'm missing something. But if I understand you correctly, SCINet is proposing to take two therapies that have shown minor promise and then go straight to human trials with a combination of them.

                            I have to say that I don't understand the wisdom of this, nor the enthusiasm this has generated, nor the reason to donate $30 million for this "grand experiment".

                            1) Wouldn't it make more sense to try the UCB + lithium combination out on rats first for, say, $1 million? It wouldn't delay things by more than a year or so. It will probably take at least a year just to raise $30 million.

                            2) If we are raising $30 million for SCI research, wouldn't it make more sense to give it to the programs that have already demonstrated more robust results?

                            3) As can be seen at:

                            http://www.stemcyteinc.com/about/management.html

                            Dr. Young is part of the (presumably paid) management team for StemCyte, the company that is supplying the UCB's for this experiment. Unless they are donating them, this would seem to be a conflict of interest. Most universities require that their researchers take a leave of absence before working at a for-profit outside venture.

                            What am I missing?
                            Yeah, what's another year? What the hell, how 'bout the standard
                            five more?

                            Seriously, don't be surprised if Leif is the only one who agrees with
                            you that any research should be held up longer than necessary.

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                              Originally posted by Charles Hansen View Post

                              What am I missing?
                              You should meet prof. Wise Young as soon as you have an opportunity
                              In God we trust; all others bring data. - Edwards Deming

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                                Originally posted by Buck_Nastier View Post
                                Yeah, what's another year? What the hell, how 'bout the standard
                                five more?

                                Seriously, don't be surprised if Leif is the only one who agrees with
                                you that any research should be held up longer than necessary.
                                Like I said, I'm late to this thread, so maybe I'm missing a few things. But given that fact that the SCI community has limited resources to work with, it's not clear to me that spending $30 million for a completely unproven combination of therapies is the best use of funds.

                                It seems like everyone is excited about "human trials". And we should be. That is what is going to get us out of our wheelchairs. I'm just asking, "Is this the best human trial to start with?"

                                And I'm also asking if there is a conflict of interest when one of the principal investigators is on the management team of the company that is supplier of the biological agents (UCB's). Obviously that company has a profit-based motive. There is nothing wrong with that -- *all* companies do. But it seems to me that relationship should be disclosed.

                                As far as delays go, why not run the experiment on rats while the $30 million is being raised? That way there won't be any additional delays....

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