Welcome back to another entry here at the Seattle Stem Cell Center blog, part of the US Stemology family.! We hope you had happy and safe holidays! The new year is here, and we are getting back on that blog grind, working to provide our patients, readers, and prospective patients with the information they are searching for. Today that means looking at stem cell research, the why and how it is performed and the ongoing benefits the research continues to bring us.
Stem Cell Research- How to Make Progress
To understand the steps in stem cell research, how one leads into the next, let’s keep an example in mind – a stroke. Strokes occur whenever there is a blood clot in the brain that cuts off the blood flow. With no flowing blood, the brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die quickly.
Following this often-catastrophic event, those who don’t die from it are sent into a long-term disabled state, missing the function lost when those brain cells died. It’s terrible, but it isn’t the end. With intense and aggressive physical therapy, many stroke survivors can regain some physical functions that they lost. But what about the brain? Keep that in mind and let’s move on.
One of the biggest points of focus for stem cell research is understanding the way in which stem cells differentiate themselves. Why? Because if this can be mastered, the process can be controlled and fine-tuned into a precise instrument for treating injuries and diseases of all sorts. What if our bodies were given the exact tools to create new tissue? This is what stem cell therapies are all about!
As it is, serious headway has been made. Doctors and scientists are able to use directed differentiation to create the needed cells for all kinds of treatments. Study’s are even making the first steps to determine how to create new brain cells!
Once directed differentiation began to be understood, experts could begin the next phase of research, creating the cells needed to treat specific conditions. Let’s say that the study mentioned earlier about creating new brain cells got to a significant result, it was tested in animals, saw success and now it’s time to begin a clinical trial with actual people.
Clinical trials will involve volunteers, afflicted with the specified condition looking to test these new methods. They will undergo the different procedures or treatments for their case, with different trials will take different approaches, from the kinds of stem cells being used, how they are delivered, etc. This data is gathered, studied, and reviewed to make the next step. Did the process work as expected? Were there unforeseen circumstances that shook out from it? It is critical to have accurate data for the science to build into wider use.
Let’s look back at our stroke example. Patients in this hypothetical stem cell research clinical trial would receive the rigorous physical rehabilitation they need to assist with their motor functions and be given stem cells to begin the genesis of new brain cells in the perfect clinical trial in my opinion. While these cells won’t immediately have the same use as those lost, they will still have that potential and what comes next… Who knows! That’s the point of these trials!
Stem Cell Research – Not Mad Science
Stem cells aren’t some mad science! It is an ever-evolving discipline in medicine and has seen staggering results in many ways that are impossible to ignore. Even Time wrote on the power of stem cell treatments late last year! The continuing research and clinical trials (just like the one US Stemology and Seattle Stem Cell Center are a part of) are crucial in hypothesizing, testing, verifying and gathering the necessary data to prove that hypothesis and create critical new treatments for all sorts of ailments.
If you would like to know more information about your own conditions, contact us or schedule a consultation today! We are so happy to help others benefit from the wonderful, transformative healing process of stem cells! And we don’t draw the line after the stem cell treatment is performed.
At US Stemology and Seattle Stem Cell Center, we take a holistic approach, treating the body as a whole while healing with stem cells. It is this kind of comprehensive attention that gives our patients the staggering results they’re seeking. Interested? Fill out a Health Intake Form and contact us. We’ll see you next time on the blog, or in the center itself!