FAQ

2. What stem cell-based therapies are currently available for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)?

There are currently no FDA-approved treatments for ALS that use stem cells, but researchers are conducting clinical trials to test whether stem cell-based therapies for ALS are safe and effective in humans. The website ClinicalTrials.gov has the most up-to-date information about the status of these trials; click here for their list of clinical trials which are currently recruiting volunteers. Please direct inquiries about specific clinical trials to the contacts listed on ClinicalTrials.gov, as the HSCI is not enrolling any volunteers in clinical trials.

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3. What stem cell-based therapies are currently available for kidney disease?

There are currently no FDA-approved treatments for kidney disease that use stem cells, but researchers are conducting clinical trials to test whether stem cell-based therapies for kidney diseases are safe and effective in humans. The website ClinicalTrials.gov has the most up-to-date information about the status of these trials; click here for their list of clinical trials which are currently recruiting volunteers. Please direct inquiries about specific clinical trials to the contacts listed on ClinicalTrials.gov, as the HSCI is not enrolling any volunteers in clinical trials.

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4. What stem cell-based therapies are currently available for eye disease?

There are currently no FDA-approved treatments for eye disease that use stem cells, but researchers are conducting clinical trials to test whether stem cell-based therapies for eye diseases are safe and effective in humans. The website ClinicalTrials.gov has the most up-to-date information about the status of these trials; click here for their list of clinical trials which are currently recruiting volunteers. Please direct inquiries about specific clinical trials to the contacts listed on ClinicalTrials.gov, as the HSCI is not enrolling any volunteers in clinical trials.

An additional resource is the International Society for Stem Cell Research, which has information on what to consider when joining a clinical trial.

 

5. What stem cell-based therapies are currently available for hearing loss?

There are currently no FDA-approved treatments for hearing loss that use stem cells, but researchers are conducting clinical trials to test whether stem cell-based therapies for hearing loss are safe and effective in humans. The website ClinicalTrials.gov has the most up-to-date information about the status of these trials; click here for their list of clinical trials which are currently recruiting volunteers. Please direct inquiries about specific clinical trials to the contacts listed on ClinicalTrials.gov, as the HSCI is not enrolling any volunteers in clinical trials.

An additional resource is the International Society for Stem Cell Research, which has information on what to consider when joining a clinical trial.

 

6. What training opportunities are available in stem cell research at Harvard University?

Undergraduate students

  • The HSCI hosts a summer research internship program for undergraduate students from Harvard College as well as other U.S. and international colleges and universities. Applications for the summer of 2019 are open now until Februrary 4, 2019.
  • Undergraduate students at Harvard College can specialize in the Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology concentration, which involves focused coursework and laboratory research.

Graduate students

Postdoctoral researchers