Increasing Evidence of Stem Cells Usefulness in Spinal Cord Injury was Shown in an International Meeting

Published: August 4, 2010  |  Source: news.yahoo.com
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Videos displaying recovery after spinal cord injury in rats, pigs and human patients were exposed to the scientific community and government authorities. That data was exhibited last July 8 in the First Latin American International Meeting about Innovative Therapies with Autologous Stem Cells held in Buenos Aires.

(PRWEB) August 4, 2010 — At the Honorable Chamber of Representatives of Argentina, Dr. Luis Geffner showed the correlation between molecular biology, animal autopsies, image studies (MRI) and movies demonstrating the progress of recovery of rats, pigs and human patients suffering from spinal cord injury and then operated on and transplanted with autologous bone marrow stem cells.

As interviewed, Dr. Geffner said:
“Funny thing: stem cells work though we may not completely know how it works. For centuries, opium and derivates had been used as medication but it was not until 1973 when the opiate receptors were discovered. However, the humankind did not wait to understand its mechanism. Sydenham in 1680 had called it the medicine of God. In 2010, nobody denies the benefit of opiates.
Manipulated cells developed in a lab would not do the job but autologous stem cells will, imitating what Mother Nature does. Isolated cells would not go any further: a neuron just tolerates 3 minutes deprived from oxygen supply, and then dies.

The key is regenerating the whole tissue loss to achieve axon reconnection after spinal cord injury. Autologous stem cells are worth a tool since they are no controversial, do not necessitate genetic manipulation, do not provoke either infections or rejection and its obtention is easier.

Scientists do know the high risk of tumor formation of embryonic and fetal stem cells. Induced pluripotent cells (IPCs) also cause teratomas. The public should be aware of that to not to create false expectations and confusion,” he concluded.

Well-known scientists as Amit Patel, Richard Burt, Jorge Genovese, Marcelo Fernandez Vina, among others, showed their clinical experience with stem cells as well.

That meeting was organized by the Maimonides University of Argentina and Don Roberto Fernandez Vina Foundation and supported by both the Honorable Chambers of Representatives and Senators of Argentina, Archiepiscopate of Buenos Aires, World Christian Medical Association (WCMC) and Benetti Foundation, among many others.

Dr. Geffner has pioneered in Ecuador the clinical research and use of stem cells in different illnesses since 2004 and is author of many peer reviewed papers and presentations. www.stemcellsecuador.com