Late Breaking Science Oral Abstracts – International Stroke Conference 2018

Presentation Number: LB12 Modeled Impact of Bypass to an Endovascular-capable Center on Clinical Outcomes: An Analysis of the STRATIS registry Background: Timely mechanical thrombectomy (MT) significantly improves clinical outcomes in acute ischemic stroke patients. Patient access to MT can be challenging due to limited endovascular-capable centers (ECCs) available. Patients are usually routed to the closest hospital, requiring transfer to an …

Puppies Find Help for Spina Bifida Through Stem Cell Treatment

Using an innovative approach that combines surgery and stem cell therapy, a team from the University of California, Davis, have helped two sibling bulldogs gain control of their back legs. The dogs, born with spina bifida, showed great progress at their four-month checkup after a successful surgery and stem cell treatment. Doctors said the dogs, Darla and Spanky, had increased …

Safety of neural stem cell transplantation in patients with severe traumatic brain injury

Neural stem cell (NSC) therapy is a promising treatment for traumatic brain injury (TBI). In addition, mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have been investigated for the treatment of TBI due to their functions in neural regeneration and their neurotrophic effect. In the present study, the safety, feasibility and biological effects of autologous MSC-derived NSC-like cell transplantation were investigated in 10 patients …

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ReNeuron stem cell test helps mobility in stroke patients but misses endpoint

British biotech ReNeuron has posted generally encouraging midstage data which showed their stem cell therapy could help certain stroke patients move their arms better after being left disabled by their condition. Despite not hitting its primary endpoint, it is still plotting a pivotal test starting next year. READ MORE

Parkinson’s stem cell therapy shows signs of safety

In an early test of its therapy for Parkinson’s disease, International Stem Cell Corp. in San Diego said Monday that the stem cell-based treatment appears to be safe. The first patient in the Phase 1 clinical trial, conducted in Australia, was treated at the end of July. A checkup three months later found no sign of complications, said Russell Kern, …

Stroke Survivor Walks Again After Doctors Inject Stem Cells Directly into Brain

A surgical procedure that involves drilling holes and injecting stem cells into stroke patients’ brains seems to have contributed to a wheelchair-bound stroke patient regaining the ability to walk. Despite the major recovery exhibited by patients, further study must be made to investigate the true impact. READ MORE

Stem Cell Transplants Promising in ALS

Injections of stem cells that are induced to secrete neurotrophic factors in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) are safe, well tolerated, and possibly clinically beneficial, results of a small open-label study suggest. Although the results have to be confirmed with a clinical trial, they are “ground-breaking” and open the door for this line of investigation, author Dimitrios Karussis, MD, …