Feasibility of trialling cord blood stem cell treatments for cerebral palsy in Australia
Kylie E Crompton, Ngaire Elwood, Mark Kirkland, Pamela Clark, Iona Novak, Dinah Reddihough
Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2014
AIM: Umbilical cord blood may have therapeutic benefit in children with cerebral palsy (CP), but further studies are required. On first appearance it seems that Australia is well placed for such a trial because we have excellence in CP research backed by extensive CP registers, and both public and private cord blood banks. We aimed to examine the possibilities of conducting a trial of autologous umbilical cord blood cells (UCBCs) as a treatment for children with CP in Australia. METHODS: Data linkages between CP registers and cord blood banks were used to estimate potential participant numbers for a trial of autologous UCBCs for children with CP. RESULTS: As of early 2013, one Victorian chil..View full abstract
We would like to acknowledge the CP Alliance and the John T Reid Charitable Trusts in supporting this work, along with Sue Reid of the VCPR, Joanna Youngson at the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry and Robyn Rodwell at the Queensland Cord Blood Bank.