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Stem Cell DialoguesA Philosophical and Scientific Inquiry Into Medical Frontiers$
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Sheldon Krimsky

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231167482

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231167482.001.0001

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Repairing Brain Cells in Stroke Victims

Repairing Brain Cells in Stroke Victims

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(p.55) Dialogue 9 Repairing Brain Cells in Stroke Victims
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Stem Cell Dialogues
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Sheldon Krimsky

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231167482.003.0009

In this dialogue, Dr. Rebecca Franklin and Leonard Hendricks, a vascular surgeon and specialist in stroke victims, discuss the relationship between stem cell development for stroke victims and spinal cord injury. Hendricks, from the United Kingdom, is a consultant to the UK company ReNeuron, which has pioneered developing stem cell therapeutics for stroke victims. Franklin hopes to learn about the challenges of translational medicine in moving from research to clinical applications. Here Franklin and Hendricks talk about the latter's participation in the PISCES study (Pilot Investigation of Stem Cells in Stroke), the world's first regulated clinical trial of neural stem cell therapy for stroke victims; how stem cells can improve the mental and physical functioning of stroke victims and patients suffering from spinal cord injury; the use of animal models in experiments on stem cells; and the issue of informed consent for clinical trials.

Keywords:   stroke, spinal cord injury, stem cell therapeutics, translational medicine, neural stem cell therapy, stem cells, animal models, informed consent, clinical trials

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