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    Thumbs up 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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    Senior Member Schmeky's Avatar
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    Interesting.

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

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

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

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

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