Clinical Trials Begin For Investigating Stem Cell Therapy For COVID-19 Pneumonia

March 20, 2020

From Ahvie Herskowitz, MD and Devin Wilson, ND

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues researchers scramble to find viable treatments.

Since the pandemic began the number of clinical trials exploring potential treatments for COVID-19 has exploded. In addition to conventional medications, vaccines and new drugs, researchers are investigating stem cell therapy as a potential treatment for COVID-19 pneumonia.

As of current, a small clinical trial and a case report using stem cells for COVID-19 have been published with promising results. Numerous other clinical trials are under way.

See below for a list of stem cell therapy trials and one trial using exosome therapy. Follow the links for more detailed information about each trial.

The trials listed above use stem cell therapy for the TREATMENT of patients infected with COVID-19, but what about using stem cells and exosomes for PREVENTION? Stem cells have been used therapeutically for a variety of lung diseases and have been shown to reduce inflammation, improve immune surveillance and significantly modulate the immune system. Although there are currently no trials investigating stems cells or exosomes for the PREVENTION of COVID-19, these therapies may be a useful tool to prime the immune system.

Click here to read more about stem cell therapy at our research and education website.

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About Ahvie Herskowitz, MD

Dr. Herskowitz’s extensive training includes a medical degree from The Albert Einstein College of Medicine, residencies in Anatomic Pathology and Internal Medicine, and Fellowship training in Cardiology at The Johns Hopkins Medical Center. During his 12 years at Johns Hopkins, he became Associate Professor of Medicine and Immunology and Molecular Microbiology and led a research team in the study of molecular and immunological mechanisms of inflammation, autoimmunity, ischemia, heart transplantation rejection and congestive heart failure.

Dr. Herskowitz’s latest academic appointment was as Clinical Professor of Medicine at UC San Francisco. To learn more about Dr. Herskowitz, you can read it bio here.


About Devin Wilson, ND

Dr. Devin Wilson is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor in the state of California. He treats an array of acute and chronic diseases using a holistic and integrative approach to health. Dr. Wilson is also a health consultant, researcher and writer focusing on anti-aging and longevity medicine including stem cell therapy and exosome therapy.

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