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Frequently Asked Questions

What stem cell-based therapies are currently available?

You can learn a lot about stem cell research and medicine on the website "A Closer Look at Stem Cells," which is designed, maintained and hosted by the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR). This website offers many resources for patients and their advocates, including information about what to consider when joining a clinical trial.

Currently, the only stem cell-based treatment that is routinely reviewed and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is hematopoietic (or blood) stem cell transplantation. It is used to treat patients with cancers and disorders that affect the blood and immune system. Stem cell-based therapies for all other conditions are still experimental.

HSCI does not enroll any volunteers in clinical trials. The website ClinicalTrials.gov has the most up-to-date information about clinical trials that are testing whether stem cell-based therapies are safe and effective in humans. If you have questions about specific clinical trials, the only people who can answer them properly are those who are listed as the primary contact for each study listed on ClinicalTrials.gov.

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; you can browse their list of clinical trials that 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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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; you can browse their list of clinical trials that 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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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; you can browse their list of clinical trials that 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.

The International Society for Stem Cell Research is a trusted resource that offers information on what to consider when joining a clinical trial.

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; you can browse their list of clinical trials that 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.

The International Society for Stem Cell Research is a trusted resource that offers information on what to consider when joining a clinical trial.

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