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    Thumbs up China stem cell trials What are the planned clinical trials?

    It must be Dr. Young who will do all these trials right?


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    Monday, January 05, 2009
    China stem cell trials
    What are the planned clinical trials?

    Phase 1 Oral lithium. We are currently doing a phase 1 open-label oral lithium trial in 20 subjects. The goal is to assess the safety and feasilibility of giving a 6-week course of lithium to people with chronic spinal cord injury. The lithium does will be gradually increased from 250 mg twice a day until a serum level of 0.6-10 mM is reached and then maintained to the 6th week. This study is being done only at Hong Kong University.
    Phase 1/2 Cord blood mononuclear cell (CBMC) transplants. We will transplant HLA-matched CBMC into 60 patients with chronic spinal cord injury. At the present, it looks as if we will transplant about 8 million cells through 4 injections sites above and below the injury site though small laminectomies. Half of the subjects will be randomized to receive a single bolus of methylprednisolone (30 mg/kg) at the time of transplantation. The goal is to ascertain whether the cells can be safely transplanted into spinal cords of people with chronic spinal cord injury and whether methylprednisolone can be safely used to improve survival of the cells. Magnetic resonance imaging and neurological outcome will be assessed at 6 weeks and 6 months after transplantation. Subjects will be expected to stay in the hospital for 6 weeks. The study will likely be carried out at 6 hospitals in China.
    Phase 2 Oral lithium. We will randomize 60 subjects with chronic spinal cord injury to a 6-week course of lithium or placebo, assess neurological outcome at 6 weeks and 6 months. The goal is to ascertain whether lithium alone has any effects on neurological recovery in people with chronic spinal cord injury. This study will be carried out in China.
    Phase 3 CBMC transplant ± lithium. We will transplanted HLA matched CBMC into the spinal cord of 400 people with chronic spinal cord injury. After transplantation, they will be randomized to lithium or no lithium for 6 weeks. The subjects will then be followed at 6 week, 6 months, and 12 months. The protocol will be similar to the phase 1/2 CBMC transplant trial. Subjects will be expected to stay in the hospital for 6 weeks.

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    Nice post, thanks for sharing.

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