Stem Cell Institute Public Seminar on Adult Stem Cell Therapy Clinical Trials in New York City May 17th, 2014

New York, NY (PRWEB) April 09, 2014

The Stem Cell Institute, located in Panama City, Panama, will present an informational umbilical cord stem cell therapy seminar on Saturday, May 17, 2014 in New York City at the New York Hilton Midtown from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Speakers include:

Neil Riordan PhD“Clinical Trials: Umbilical Cord Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy for Autism and Spinal Cord Injury”

Dr. Riordan is the founder of the Stem Cell Institute and Medistem Panama Inc.

Jorge Paz-Rodriguez MD“Stem Cell Therapy for Autoimmune Disease: MS, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus”

Dr. Paz is the Medical Director at the Stem Cell Institute. He practiced internal medicine in the United States for over a decade before joining the Stem Cell Institute in Panama.

Light snacks will be served afterwards. Our speakers and stem cell therapy patients will also be on hand to share their personal experiences and answer questions.

Admission is free but space in limited and registration is required. For venue information and to register and reserve your tickets today, please visit: or call Cindy Cunningham, Patient Events Coordinator, at 1 (800) 980-7836.

About Stem Cell Institute Panama
Founded in 2007 on the principles of providing unbiased, scientifically sound treatment options; the Stem Cell Institute (SCI) has matured into the world’s leading adult stem cell therapy and research center. In close collaboration with universities and physicians world-wide, our comprehensive stem cell treatment protocols employ well-targeted combinations of autologous bone marrow stem cells, autologous adipose stem cells, and donor human umbilical cord stem cells to treat: multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease, and autoimmune diseases.

In partnership with Translational Biosciences, a subsidiary of Medistem Panama, SCI provides clinical services for ongoing clinical trials that are assessing safety and signs of efficacy for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis using allogeneic umbilical cord tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hUC-MSC), autologous stromal vascular fraction (SVF) and hU-MSC-derived mesenchymal trophic factors (MTF). In 2014, Translation Biosciences expects to expand its clinical trial portfolio to include spinal cord injury, heart disease, autism and cerebral palsy.

To-date, SCI has treated over 2000 patients.

For more information on stem cell therapy:

Stem Cell Institute Website:

Stem Cell Institute
Via Israel & Calle 66
Plaza Pacific Office #2A
Panama City, Panama

About Medistem Panama Inc.
Since opening its doors in 2007, Medistem Panama Inc. has developed adult stem cell-based products from human umbilical cord tissue and blood, adipose (fat) tissue and bone marrow. Medistem operates an 8000 sq. ft. ISO 9001-certified laboratory in the prestigious City of Knowledge. The laboratory is fully licensed by the Panamanian Ministry of Health and features 3 class 10000 clean rooms, class 100 laminar flow hoods, and class 100 incubators.

Medistem Panama Inc.
Ciudad del Saber, Edif. 221 / Clayton
Panama, Rep. of Panama

Phone: +507 306-2601
Fax: +507 306-2601

About Translational Biosciences
A subsidiary of Medistem Panama Inc., Translational Biosciences was founded solely to conduct clinical trials using adult stem cells and adult stem cell-derived products.

Translational Biosciences webSite:

Email: trials(at)translationalbiosciences(dot)com

Allogenic mesenchymal stem cells transplantation in refractory systemic lupus erythematosus: a pilot clinical study.

Liang et al. Ann Rheum Dis. 2010 Aug;69(8):1423-9.

Mesenchymal stem cells are unique in that on the one hand they are capable of differentiating into a variety of tissues, but on the other hand they also are potently anti-inflammatory and immune modulatory.

Evidence of immune modulation comes from studies that show mesenchymal stem cells: a) directly suppress ongoing mixed lymphocyte reaction; b) produce immune suppressive cytokines such as IL-10; c) produce immune suppressive enzymes such as indolamine 2,3 deoxygenase; d) inhibit natural killer and CD8 cytotoxic T cell activity; e) inhibit dendritic cell maturation; and f) stimulate production of T regulatory cells.

Animal studies covered on our youtube channel have shown that mesenchymal stem cells inhibit collagen induced arthritis and experimental allergic encephalomyelitis, which represent human rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis, respectively.

Since these cells are such potent immune modulators, they have been used with some success in the treatment of immunological diseases such as graft versus host disease (GVHD). Medistem and Cellmedicine have previously used fat derived stem cells, which contain high concentrations of mesenchymal stem cells, in order to treat rheumatoid arthritis. In the current paper mesenchymal stem cells from the bone marrow where used to treat the autoimmune disease systemic lupus erythematosus.

Scientists at the Department of Rheumatology and Immunology, The Affiliated Drum Tower Hospital of Nanjing University Medical School, in Nanjing, China, reported a clinical trial of allogeneic (universal donor) mesenchymal stem cells in the treatment of patients with treatment-refractory systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).

Fifteen patients with SLE who did not respond to conventional treatments where administered bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells isolated from allogeneic donors. No chemotherapy or immune suppression was used. Administration of stem cells was performed intravenously.

Mean patient follow up was 17.2+/-9.5 months with 13 patients have been followed for more than 12 months. 15/15 patients presented with clinical improvements subsequent to stem cell therapy. At 12-month follow-up, SLEDAI scores dropped from 12.2+/-3.3 to 3.2+/-2.8 and proteinuria decreased from 2505.0+/-1323.9 to 858.0+/-800.7 mg/24 h. At 1-year follow-up in 13 patients, 2 had a relapse of proteinuria, while the other 11 continue to have decreased disease activity on minimal treatment. Anti-dsDNA levels decreased. Improvement in glomerular filtration rate was noted in two patients in which formal testing was performed. Non-renal-related manifestations also improved significantly. No serious adverse events were reported.

This study demonstrated that mesenchymal stem cells are capable of not only inhibiting the pathological processes in SLE (eg production of anti-dsDNA antibodies) but also reversing renal damage that has occurred as a result of the disease process. The fact that some of the patients relapsed may mean that there is a rationale for multiple administration of mesenchymal stem cells.

2010-08-02T16:44:47+00:00August 2nd, 2010|Adult Stem Cells, Lupus, News, Stem Cell Research|