January 20, 2021

The Niche

Trusted stem cell blog & resources


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On November 18 in Washington, D.C. the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences will hold a workshop on stem cell therapies. The meeting  (agenda here) is also co-sponsored by ISSCR. I have some major concerns about this meeting. In principle and in a general sense, I believe this is the kind of meeting and discussion that we need to have in the stem cell field, but unfortunately the way this meeting has been organized is very problematic. The meeting gets into potential quicksand …Read More

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By Christopher J. Centeno, M.D. We have noted an explosion in the number of stem cell clinics over the past several years. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t see several new ones pop up on the radar. On the one hand, as somebody who has been treating orthopedic patients with stem cells since 2005, it’s good to see more physicians jumping on board. In addition, as an advocate for the use of autologous stem cells as the practice of medicine, I’m …Read More

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The International Cellular Medicine Society (ICMS) is viewed somewhat skeptically by the stem cell community, but they are undeniably an important player in the stem cell world. A few weeks ago I interviewed ICMS President, Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez  (see interview here), and then I provided recommendations here to the ICMS to improve their organization including a less adversarial relationship with the FDA amongst other recommendations that include a patient resources webpage and an outside advisory committee. ICMS more recently announced in a PR that its IRB has been …Read More