Fetal-Cell Revival for Parkinson's Disease
the Psychiatry Advisor take:
For the first time in 10 years, a team of neurosurgeons this month will transplant cells from aborted fetuses into the brain of a person suffering from Parkinson's disease. The moratorium on replacement-therapy trials began in 2003 since trials involving the therapy were inconcklusive up to that point and the results were difficult to interpret.
The group, known as the Parkinson’s Disease Global Force, includes scientists from the European, US and Japanese teams about to embark on the trials.
More than 100 patients worldwide received the therapy as part of clinical trials before the moratorium. “But centers used different procedures and protocols — it was impossible to work out why some patients did very well and others didn’t benefit at all,” says neurologist Roger Barker at the University of Cambridge, UK, a member of working group.
The stem cell transplants will break a decade-long international moratorium on the controversial therapy.
Fetal-cell revival for Parkinson's
Sign Up for Free e-newsletters
Psychiatry Advisor Articles
- Adjunctive Therapies for Bipolar Disorder Show Promise, Need More Evidence
- Predicting Treatment-Emergent Mania to Tailor Pharmacotherapy in Bipolar Disorder
- Abnormalities of Cortical Thickness in Bipolar Disorder With Auditory Hallucinations
- Prevalence of ADHD Relatively Stable Over Time Despite Increase in Diagnoses
- Cognitive Impairment May Predict Persistent Psychosis in Ketamine Users
- The Way to the Head May Be Through the Gut: Probiotics for Depression
- Suicide-Screening Toolkit Can Help Identify Youths at High Risk for Suicide
- Agoraphobia: An Evolving Understanding of Definitions and Treatment
- Parental Pressure to Diet Linked With Long-term Harm in Adolescents
- Does Access to Medical Cannabis Reduce Risk for Opioid Abuse?
- Evidence of Methylphenidate Abuse: Characterizing Patterns of Use in Pediatric and Adult Populations
- Intranasal Oxytocin Reduces Negative Effects, Improves Cognitive Function in Schizophrenia
- Most Patients Comfortable With Clinicians Asking About Sexual Orientation
- Peer-to-Peer Depression Awareness Program May Be Beneficial
- Examining Rates of Long-term Opioid Use in Youth With Psychiatric Disorders