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    Paralyzed Iraqi War Veteran Will Be First to Receive Adult Stem Cells to Treat Spinal

    wow! This is great news because is for chronic spinal cord injury, for them to continue they must have a good results. keep it up baby keep it up.




    Published: August 04, 2010

    Paralyzed Iraqi War Veteran Will Be First to Receive Adult Stem Cells to Treat Spinal Cord Injuries at TCA Cellular Therapy


    COVINGTON, La. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - TCA Cellular Therapy, LLC has enrolled its first patient to participate in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first adult stem cell clinical trial to treat spinal cord injuries. Enrollee and Marine Veteran, Matt Cole was paralyzed from the chest down in a 2005 insurgent attack in Iraq.

    According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (February 2010), it is estimated that up to 311,000 people in the U.S. are living with a Spinal Cord Injury with the average health care and living expenses cost for the first year following the injury as much as $830,000 per patient.


    TCA Cellular's neurological team is led by stem cell experts Jose J. Minguell, PhD, Carolina Allers, PhD, and Gabriel Lasala, MD, neurosurgeon Gustavo Gutnisky, MD, and neurologist Srinivas Ganji, MD. The team is scheduled to treat ten patients in Phase I.

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    http://newsblaze.com/story/201008040.../topstory.html
    Last edited by manouli; 4 Aug 2010, 10:55 PM.

    #2
    Interesting.

    I sent an e-mail to Dr. Lasala today on inclusion criteria. This is virtually in my back yard.

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      #3
      Sounds good!!
      Donnie: Dr. Xiao, What are your thoughts on a cure/combination therapy for SCI's??
      CG Xiao: Donnie, I don't want to disappoint you, but I think it is impossible to restore the continuity of the cord or "bridge the gap" in the near future, let's say: 50 years. Dr Wise Young has been my most respected scientist in SCI. He has dedicated and contributed to SCI no other can match.

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        #4
        Interesting. I wasn't aware that legitimate stem cell trials for chronic SCI were underway in the US.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Schmeky View Post
          Interesting.

          I sent an e-mail to Dr. Lasala today on inclusion criteria. This is virtually in my back yard.
          It's limited those injured under 5 years.

          Eligibility

          Ages Eligible for Study: 18 Years to 65 Years
          Genders Eligible for Study: Both
          Accepts Healthy Volunteers: No
          Criteria

          Inclusion Criteria:

          * Age 18 to 65
          * American Spinal Injury Association Impairment Scale A
          * Clinical evidence of lesions located below c-spine 5 (C-5)
          * Confirmation by MRI of injury level
          * Time between injury and enrollment greater than 2 weeks
          * Ability to provide informed consent
          * Platelet count greater than 100 Thousand/uL at screening
          * INR equal to or less than 1.5
          * Hematocrit less than 30% prior to bone marrow aspiration
          * Spinal cord injury within 60 months of screening

          Exclusion Criteria:

          * Anoxic brain injury
          * Inability to provide consent
          * Sepsis
          * Neurological deficits attributed to lesions above C-5
          * Cerebro-vascular accidents with intracranial hemorrhage, acute brain injuries, meningitis, hydrocephalus or other potential diseases where the pressure in the cerebro spinal fluid is increased
          * Multiple sclerosis
          * Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
          * Cerebral Palsy
          * Evidence of cancer over the last 3 years prior to enrollment
          * Immunosuppressive diseases
          * Platelet count lower than 100,000
          * White blood count greater than 15,000 unless the patient is on steroids
          * Bleeding disorders
          * Clinical or laboratory evidence of meningitis
          * Skin infection at the infusion site
          * Pregnant or planning to become pregnant
          http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/N...Therapy&rank=7

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            #6
            Dr. Young, your input would be most appreciated. Thanks!

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              #7
              Originally posted by Mombo View Post
              Dr. Young, your input would be most appreciated. Thanks!
              Mombo,

              I am glad that this trial is being done. It should help answer the question whether intrathecal administration of the cells will be helpful. Remember that this is phase 1, to establish safety.

              Wise.

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                #8
                Originally posted by manouli View Post
                According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (February 2010), it is estimated that up to 311,000 people in the U.S. are living with a Spinal Cord Injury with the average health care and living expenses cost for the first year following the injury as much as $830,000 per patient.
                I know the old saying, "There are lies, damn lies, and then there are statistics." But, what does this say about the Christopher Reeve Foundation's survey that sets the number of SCIs at 1,275,000?

                Somebody's wrong, or did I miss an explanation somewhere?

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                  #9
                  All of a sudden somebody is becoming the first going through a clinical trial on spinal cord injury? How come we never saw that this was being planned or something? At least I didn't.
                  Don't ask what clinical trials can do for you, ask what you can do for clinical trials.

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                  http://www.fenexy.org (soon in english too)

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                    #10
                    This is great news Too bad I'm 10 yrs post.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Vike View Post
                      This is great news Too bad I'm 10 yrs post.



                      Don't worry Vike. I am 28 years post and if this is going to work it will work for us too. Keep in good shape.

                      manouli.

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                        #12
                        Manouli, this could be great news. I didn't know you were 28 years post. Your vigorous appraoch to a cure is fascinating. I hope that these trials will occurr soon with positive results. I hope you and others, including myself, will benefit soon from therapy. My hats off to you as you invigorate the whole board with your posts.

                        keeping on

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                          #13
                          Makes ya wonder what else we don't know about, or haven't heard about.
                          Originally posted by 0xSquidy View Post
                          All of a sudden somebody is becoming the first going through a clinical trial on spinal cord injury? How come we never saw that this was being planned or something? At least I didn't.
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                            #14
                            Originally posted by 0xSquidy View Post
                            All of a sudden somebody is becoming the first going through a clinical trial on spinal cord injury? How come we never saw that this was being planned or something? At least I didn't.
                            Didn't know anything like this was in the works in the US either. A trial for chronic completes is a pretty big deal. Perhaps there was buzz within the research community that hadn't reached the public. Makes you wonder how a small group like this could commence a chronic complete trial and a larger group like MP can't.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by rdf View Post
                              Makes ya wonder what else we don't know about, or haven't heard about.
                              Copycat.

                              Never heard of Ross Mason and HINRI Labs either. Guess everything isn't shared on CC. :/

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