Isfahan hosts stem cell symposium

Tehran, May 31, IRNA – The Symposium on Applications, Potentials and Outlooks of Stem Cells was held in Isfahan on Thursday.

Some 300 experts from across Iran attended the one-day event and 12 specialists from Isfahan and Tehran presented lectures on stem cell treatments for infertility and childhood cancers, cellular cancer therapy, stem cell therapy in orthopedics, cord blood transplantation, tissue engineering and artificial skin, Iran Daily to be published on Sunday said.

Majid Kouhi, the symposium executive secretary, said over 45,000 umbilical cord blood samples have been stored in Royan Instituteˈs bank.

Umbilical cord blood is found in the placenta and the attached umbilical cord after childbirth. Cord blood is collected because it contains stem cells, which could be used to treat hematopoietic and genetic disorders.

Cord blood banking is a popular trend among new and expectant parents.

Kouhi hoped a cell therapy hospital will be constructed in Isfahan in the not-too-distant future.

Mohammad Hossein Nasr-Esfahani, the head of Royan Institute for Biotechnology in Isfahan, noted that researchers at the institute have made egg and sperm from fetal stem cells.

Fetal stem cells are an incredible discovery and will help save lives in the near future. They are obtained from terminated pregnancies or in-vitro (artificially) and will not develop into a fetus after harvesting and they have been clinically proven to cure disease.

Mohsen Emadeddin, the head of Royan Instituteˈs Orthopedic Group, who also attended the symposium, said Iranian scientists turn bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells into bone and cartilage for treating arthritis, cartilage injuries and nonunion.

Nonunion is permanent failure of healing following a broken bone. It is a serious complication of a fracture and may occur when the fracture moves too much, has a poor blood supply or gets infected.

Patients who smoke have a higher incidence of nonunion. The normal process of bone healing is interrupted or stalled.

Royan Institute sponsored the event in collaboration with Royanˈs Cord Blood Bank.



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