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Stem cell trial for stroke victims approved

10th February 2010

The UK Gene Therapy Advisory Committee has granted approval for the Guildford-based company ReNeuron to begin treating stroke patients with stem cells.

The two-year clinical trial with a dozen stroke patients in Scotland, the world’s first human test of stem cell therapy for strokes, is scheduled to begin in the next few months and will be led by Glasgow University neurologist Keith Muir. Animal tests have shown neural stem cells could help a damaged brain to regenerate, potentially relieving some symptoms of strokes.

 

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