Are you or a loved on suffering from arthritis, multiple sclerosis (MS), COPD, Alzheimer’s disease, asthma, or other chronic condition? If so, how do you find a stem cell clinical trial?
This article provides the answers, including links to find a clinical trials near you, as well as links to clinical trials for specific conditions.
What is a Clinical Trial?
Clinical trials are research studies conducted in humans to determine how well a medical approach can treat a disease or injury in comparison to existing alternatives. These trials are structured to collect data regarding the safety and effectiveness of new medical therapies.
Importantly, clinical trials are monitored by government regulatory bodies, such as the:
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
- European Medicines Agency (EMA)
- Japanese Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency
- Indian Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO)
- Other regulatory bodies worldwide
Stem cells are unique cells that can multiply (self-renew) and differentiate into the cells that compose the human body, giving them enormous potential for use in regenerative medicine.
Therefore, stem cell clinical trials are research study conducted in humans to test whether well these therapies can resolve injury or disease. Similar to traditional drug trials, stem cell trials aim to find improved methods of preventing, treating, or diagnosing disease.
Tool for Finding a Stem Cell Clinical Trial
ClinicalTrials.gov is website maintained by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) that is a “registry and results database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants from around the world.”
It is a global resource for finding for stem cell clinical trials, because it contains approximately three-quarters of registered stem cell trials worldwide. Unfortunately, ClinicalTrials.gov does not include all stem cell trials worldwide, including some which may be listed on international registries.
On a worldwide basis, other registries that can be used to search for a stem cell clinical trial include:
- European Union Clinical Trials Register
- Chinese Clinical Trial Registry (ChiCTR)
- Canada’s Clinical Trial Database
The World Health Organization (WHO) also has an International Cinical Trials Registry Platform. Each of these registries is sortable by various criteria, including medical condition, region, trial status, and more.
Nonetheless, ClinicalTrials.gov is the ultimate tool for finding a stem cell clinical trial, because of its size and continuous funding support from the U.S. government. Combined with the other resources above, these databases contain approximately 95% of stem cell clinical trials worldwide.
Steps for Finding Stem Cell Clinical Trial
If you are afflicted by injury or disease, you may be interested to search for a stem cell clinical trial. To do this, there are three steps:
- Go to ClinicalTrials.gov (or other trial database)
- Use the Search Box to enter: “stem cells” AND “your disease“
- Identify a clinical trial specific to your medical condition
See the example below in which we have used “lymphoma” as an example (substitute the word “lymphoma” for your condition).
As shown in the example above, there are currently 1,509 trials related to “stem cells” and “lymphoma” listed on ClinicalTrials.gov.
Finding a Stem Cell Clinical Trial Near You
Another important aspect is the location of a stem cell clinical trial. If the trial is located near you, it will be much easier to enroll. If it is farther away, you will have to travel a long distance and you could potentially be ineligible for participation.
In the map below, stem cell trials listed on ClinicalTrials.gov are shown by region (Search Term: “Stem Cell” OR “Stem Cells”).
Clearly, geographic “hotspots” for stem cell trials are the:
- United States
- East Asia
For those living in these regions, your odds of being able to find and enroll in a stem cell trial for your condition will be higher.
Stem Cell Trials for Knees
Seeking out a stem cell clinical trial for knees is becoming increasingly common. This is because both scientific research in animal models and clinical trials in humans haveindicated that stem cells may provide effective pain relief for a variety of conditions, including arthritic knees.
Stem cells also show promise for treating a range of sporting and orthopedic injuries. For example, our Founder, Cade Hildreth, is a stem cell patient. After two surgeries on different continents did not resolve an orthopedic injury involving ACL and meniscus damage, Cade had a same-day, autologous (self-sourced) procedure performed by doctors at the National Spine and Pain Center in Fairfax, VA.
In this procedure, stem cells were collected from Cade’s bone marrow and re-injected back in the knee. While painful, the procedure was extremely effective, as Cade returned to elite rugby competition within 6 months of the treatment, competing in the Touch Rugby World Cup in Coffs Harbour, Australia.
Self-derived bone marrow stem cells also show great potential therapy for treating osteoarthritis of the knee (KOA), a procedure which is offered by GIOSTAR, Regenexx, and others.
There are also at least 154 clinical trials on ClinicalTrials.gov related to stem cells and knees.
Stem Cell Trials for COPD
Another common reason people search out stem cell clinical trials is for the treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Within recent years, stem cell treatments for lungs have shown substantial promise for the treatment of COPD, non-small cell lung cancer, pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis, and other chronic conditions.
Stem cells are also being explored for rehabilitating lung cancer patients.
To treat these lung conditions, physicians collect a patient’s cells, isolate and expand them in number, and then re-inject them back into the host. The goal of this treatment is to repopulate healthy cells inside the patient, repairing damaged tissue and healing the lungs.
Most of this research is taking place within clinical trials, although some companies like GIOSTAR and Okyanos offer treatments directly to patients without requiring them to enroll in a clinical trial.
For those looking for stem cell clinical trials for lung-related conditions, here is a link to 400 studies registered with ClinicalTrials.gov.
Stem Cell Clinical Trials by Condition
Do you have a specific condition for which you are seeking help? If so, we have included direct links to stem cell trials for common conditions below:
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Asperger’s Syndrome
- Blindness/Vision Impairment
- Burns (Acute Burns, Burn Injury)
- Cardiac Failure
- Cerebral Palsy
- Diabetes (Type 1)
- Diabetes (Type 2)
- Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
- Infertility (All Types)
- Hemorrhagic Stroke
- Heart Attack
- Huntington’s Disease
- Liver Cirrhosis
- Longevity / Aging
- Male Infertility
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Myocardial Infarction (Heart Attack)
- Ocular (Eye) Disease
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Renal (Kidney) Disease
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
- Stroke (General)
- Wound Care
For even more information, watch this video on how to find a stem cell clinical trial for your specific condition:
Need a Stem Cell Treatment?
If you are seeking a stem cell treatment but don’t want to enroll in an experimental trial, then you will need to educate yourself about other treatment options. As the world’s largest publisher of stem cell industry news, we are committed to being a trustworthy source of news flow for the industry, but cannot provide clinical treatments or advice.
If you have questions about your situation, we recommend that you contact GIOSTAR, a global stem cell company that has treated a large number of patients. With locations in the U.S. and worldwide, GIOSTAR offers extensively researched stem cell therapy options that are designed to improve a patient’s quality of life.
Click here to Schedule a Consultation or ask GIOSTAR a question.
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*Disclaimer: All statements made on this website are NOT expressed as medical claims or advice. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or condition. If you have a health condition or concern, consult your physician or health care provider.