September 30, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

ICMS IRB

5 min read

Could the blinding of three women at a stem cell clinic have been prevented by better oversight or was the clinic acting outside of the scope of oversight by its institutional review board (IRB)? More broadly, when is an IRB conducting proper oversight and how do we know? When on the other hand is it not being careful enough or even outright enabling risky behavior by those selling non-FDA-approved, experimental stem cell “treatments”? It can be hard to really be sure. What makes this area particularly muddled …Read More

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The Cell Surgical Network is a for-profit network of clinics offering various stem cell-related interventions, which began with the California Stem Cell Treatment Center. I have interviewed Drs. Elliot Lander and Mark Berman of the Network in past (Part 1, Part 2) and I raised some concerns about the network in a follow up Part 3 post, which was replied to in a lengthy comment by Dr. Berman. In the course of this dialogue it was indicated that Cell Surgical Network had an IRB through the International …Read More