Polly asks Paolo when stem cell therapies are available, what he imagine the criteria will be to access them?
Dr Paolo Moraro It really will depend on the stem cell therapy that we’re talking about, because as I alluded previously, there are stem cells that are given to repopulate the blood after, say, high dose immune suppression – immune suppressing stem cells – or stem cells that are given with the intention to improve the spontaneous repair, such as the mesenchymal stem cells, and there will be other types of stem cells. In neural there are types of stem cells which will be given with the intention to repair established damage. Now, the third type is probably the farthest from clinical applications, but the criteria will really vary depending on the therapeutic intention that is to suppress inflammation, to facilitate repair in the making of the damage or to try to reverse established damage.
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MS Expert: Dr Paolo Moraro sees patients at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, and his research programme is aimed at understanding and developing effective therapies for multiple sclerosis.
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