Journal article

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

Abstract

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..

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