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    Thumbs up Northwestern First Site Open for Spinal Cord Stem Cell Trial

    lets go lets go lets go. yahoooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Northwestern First Site Open for Spinal Cord Stem Cell Trial


    Northwestern Medicine and RIC ready to enroll first subject in spinal cord injury study

    By Marla Paul

    CHICAGO --- Northwestern Medicine is the first site open for enrollment in a national clinical research trial of a human embryonic stem cell-based therapy for participants with a subacute thoracic spinal cord injury. Following the procedure, participants will receive rehabilitation treatment at The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC).

    Northwestern also is the lead site of the trial, sponsored by Geron Corporation (Nasdaq: GERN). The trial eventually will include up to six other sites and enroll up to 10 participants nationally.

    “We are very pleased to be the first participating center in the world’s first human embryonic stem cell clinical trial for spinal cord injury,” said lead national investigator Richard Fessler, M.D., professor of neurological surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a surgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

    “Injection of oligodendrocyte progenitor cells directly into the spinal cord lesion is a rational way to attempt to arrest or reverse the structural damage in the spinal cord caused by severe trauma,” Fessler said. “We are eager to begin evaluating the effects of these cells in subjects with severe spinal cord injuries.”


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    http://www.northwestern.edu/newscent...ell-trial.html

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    Northwestern first site open for spinal cord stem cell trial
    September 22, 2010


    Northwestern Medicine is the first site open for enrollment in a national clinical research trial of a human embryonic stem cell-based therapy for participants with a subacute thoracic spinal cord injury. Following the procedure, participants will receive rehabilitation treatment at The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC). Northwestern also is the lead site of the trial, sponsored by Geron Corporation (Nasdaq: GERN). The trial eventually will include up to six other sites and enroll up to 10 participants nationally.

    "We are very pleased to be the first participating center in the world's first human embryonic stem cell clinical trial for spinal cord injury," said lead national investigator Richard Fessler, M.D., professor of neurological surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a surgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

    "Injection of oligodendrocyte progenitor cells directly into the spinal cord lesion is a rational way to attempt to arrest or reverse the structural damage in the spinal cord caused by severe trauma," Fessler said. "We are eager to begin evaluating the effects of these cells in subjects with severe spinal cord injuries."

    "RIC is a vital member of the research team for this novel stem cell clinical trial," said David Chen, M.D., medical director of the RIC Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program. "RIC's team of spinal cord injury rehabilitation specialists is responsible for customizing the rehabilitation care plan and therapeutic intervention for each participant, which may include robotic walking therapy and other procedures to facilitate the participant's neurologic repair and recovery. At RIC, restoring the participant's ability is our objective and the scientific application of embryonic stem cells offers new hope for recovery."

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    http://www.physorg.com/news204372872.html

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    Great news.

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    Finally....not a rat anywhere Seriously though, it's good to see progress. Let's just hope they see rapid and spectacular results.

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    I was inpatient at RIC pretty good therapists on 7th floor
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    Cool

    not to burst anyone's hope bubble but this for acute sci. it is a start.

    and my 2 cents says don't get excited about any therapy till it hits phase 3 in trials.

    I have been patient of dr. chen and ric for 19 years. great place, great people

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