At the Spinal Cord Clinic we work by the principles of regenerative medicine. Following this and our ethical code, we only apply and recommend the use of stem cells if there is a clear scientific rational for the specific case and disease. A rational can come from guide lines, clinical trials, pre-clinical trials or a strong scientific rational always weighted against risk and safety associated. Literature research for the latest scientific literature can be seen below.


References and Literature – Stem Cell-based Therapies for Back Pain and Spinal Conditions

[1] Hannah Balfour (European Pharmaceutical Review) (23 Feb 2021). Scientists repair spinal cord injuries using patients’ stem cells

[2] Liansheng Gao ,1 Yucong Peng ,1 Weilin Xu ,1 Pingyou He ,1 Tao Li ,1 Xiaoyang Lu ,1 and Gao Chen 1 (5 Nov 2020). Progress in Stem Cell Therapy for Spinal Cord Injury

[3] Ling Ling Liau, Qi Hao Looi, Wui Chuen Chia, Thayaalini Subramaniam, Min Hwei Ng & Jia Xian Law (22 September 2020). Treatment of spinal cord injury with mesenchymal stem cells

[4] Kazuyoshi Yamazaki, Masahito Kawabori,* Toshitaka Seki, and Kiyohiro Houkin (2020 Jun 2). Clinical Trials of Stem Cell Treatment for Spinal Cord Injury

[5] (24 January 2019) Japan’s approval of stem-cell treatment for spinal-cord injury concerns scientists

[6] Mohammad Ronaghi, Slaven Erceg, Victoria Moreno-Manzano, Miodrag Stojkovic (10 Nov 2009). Challenges of Stem Cell Therapy for Spinal Cord Injury: Human Embryonic Stem Cells, Endogenous Neural Stem Cells, or Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells?

[7] Eric Domingos MarianoChary Marquez BatistaBreno José Alencar Pires BarbosaSuely Kazue Nagahashi MarieManoel Jacobsen TeixeiraMatthias MorgallaMarcos TatagibaJun LiGuilherme Lepski (June 2014). Current perspectives in stem cell therapy for spinal cord repair in humans: a review of work from the past 10 years

[8] Rishi S. Nandoe Tewarie, MD,1,2 Andres Hurtado, MD,2 Ronald H Bartels, MD, PhD,1 Andre Grotenhuis, MD, PhD,1 and Martin Oudega, PhD2,3 (2009 Apr). Stem Cell–Based Therapies for Spinal Cord Injury

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