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21 Jun 2016 265 Comments

AIIMS To Begin Stem Cell Clinical Trial In India

All India institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) is planning to launch a new clinical trial to study and check the efficiency of stem cells in the treatment of various medical conditions. In the recent years, stem cell therapy showed positive treatment outcome which inspired the AIIMS researchers to begin this trial.

AIIMS is a group of autonomous public medical colleges in India. During the third Annual Conference of Stem Cell Society (India), held at the India Habitat Centre, Prof. (Dr) Balram Airan, Dean Academic, AIIMS, said that stem cell therapy has been used in 35 departments of AIIMS since 2003. He also mentioned that this therapy is mainly used in the treatment of medical conditions associated with heart, skin & cornea and the results are promising.

Stem Cell Therapy In India       

It is unfortunate that India currently do not have a definite system or law for stem cell therapy practises. Dr. Airan said that the Ministry of Health is in the process of bridging this gap by revisiting the Drugs & Cosmetics Act of 1940 to bring in more definite law for stem cell treatment in the country. This will help in finding better therapeutic applications of stem cells in an organised way. AIIMS clinical trial may aid in establishing the efficacy and safety of stem cell therapy in treating many diseases that remain a challenge in the present day.

Stem cells have the ability to repair, renew and regenerate new cells in the body thereby treating the damaged or affected cells, tissue and organs. The umbilical cord that nourishes the baby inside the womb is a rich source of stem cells. These umbilical cord stem cells help to treat many medical conditions and can be collected by a safe and simple procedure at the time of birth. The stem cells can be preserved under cryogenic conditions for future use.

To know more about stem cell banking, read here or watch below:

https://www.youtube.com/embed/yhVrgrX2Kgc

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