May 30, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Thomas Albini MD

6 min read

Concerns over stem cell clinics allegedly causing blindness or other vision problems have been increasing in 2016. If this is in fact happening, the extra sad part of this is that some clinics have claimed that they are doing the opposite: improving vision in patients. What are the concerns? Earlier this year a publicly-traded stem cell business in Florida called U.S. Stem Cell, Inc. was sued along with other defendants by a former customer Elizabeth Noble, alleging harm done via an experimental stem cell “treatment” …Read More

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What can go wrong with unapproved stem cell clinics? The answer including from presentations at the FDA today turns out to be very serious, negative results right here in the U.S. Thomas Albini, MD gave a talk entitled,  “Severe Visual Loss After Intravitreal Injection of Autologous Adipose Tissue-derived Stem Cells for Age-related Macular Degeneration”. Stem cell clinic transplants of fat stem cells led to blindness in three women, reported Dr. Albini. We’ve heard encouraging news about how stem cells might help patients regain lost …Read More

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There’s a big FDA stem cell meeting coming along next week that has gotten much attention, but many people didn’t realize there’s also an FDA meeting on stem cells this week too in three days on September 8th. I pasted this week’s meeting schedule at the bottom of this post from the FDA page. The meeting is a workshop entitled, “Public Workshop: Scientific Evidence in the Development of Human Cells, Tissues, and Cellular and Tissue-Based Products Subject to Premarket Approval”. The meeting next week on September …Read More