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06-05-2007, 08:16 PM
This thread is reserved for anyone wanting to post links to stem cell related news.

NovaThera and Gamida Cell Announce a Collaboration Agreement to Develop Cell Therapeutics for Lung Disease


06-05-2007, 08:22 PM
First Reported Data From Argentina Of Improvement In COPD Emphysema Kind, Using Stem Cell Therapy


06-05-2007, 08:26 PM
NEWS April 13, 2007 - improvements in heart and lung function

NEW ORLEANS, April 13 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say stem-cell therapy appears to show benefits for heart attack patients.
A study presented at an American College of Cardiology meeting in New Orleans says six-month data shows heart attack patients who received the Provacel therapy had improvements in heart and lung function, compared to those who received a placebo, the Austin (Texas) Business Journal reported.
"This Phase 1 trial was designed primarily to assess safety, yet we were astonished to see such a dramatic clinical benefit across numerous clinical issues," said Dr. Roger Gammon, director of research and the principal investigator for the trial at Austin Heart, one of 10 sites chosen for the study.
Gammon said the hospital will participate in further studies planned for this year.
Copyright 2007 by United Press International. All Rights Reserved

06-05-2007, 08:43 PM
First Reported Data From Argentina Of Improvement In COPD Emphysema Kind, Using Stem Cell Therapy


06-07-2007, 01:42 AM
I found this site which may be helpful for UK and European people:


06-07-2007, 10:57 AM
Anney - The PMC clinic that is mentioned in the link you provided is the same one that was in the article I posted yesterday. This clinic is having some good success with MS and other diseases. I e-mailed them to see if they are working with COPD patients, but have not had a response yet. What is wonderful is that some clinics while working with heart patients, observed that the heart patients' lungs showed a great improvement in functionality. In the case of the clinic that is now doing COPD treatments in Argentina, this caused the doctor to try it on COPD patients and he had success. I am very pleased that you have found this information and I urge all forum members to take it upon themselves to look for interesting articles and e-mail doctors and clinics that you feel may have an interest in getting their information to us. They are out there, but we have to hunt for the treasure. Jan I believe is an archaeologist in her spare time. She really knows how to dig.

06-09-2007, 10:37 AM
Jeannine found an announcement that the PMC clinic had been closed by the Rotterdam authorities because they had an incident where one patient became ill. This then led to the discovery that the paper work they were required to keep was not being done to the satisfaction of the local authorities. I have been trying to get information as to whether or not they will be continuing with stem cell treatment. I certainly hope so as they were reported to have some great success.

06-09-2007, 11:11 AM
I contacted this clinic to make enquiries but received no reply. Your news doesn't bode well for its future.

06-11-2007, 08:18 PM
Pulmonary Data

Lung function tests were performed to monitor subjects for potential adverse changes related to the treatment. Surprisingly, patients who received PROVACEL had significantly improved pulmonary function following treatment compared to placebo as measured by improvement in FEV1 % predicted values (17 point PROVACEL vs. 6 point placebo, p less than 0.05). Preclinical studies performed at Osiris Therapeutics had previously demonstrated that the anti-inflammatory and anti-fibrotic (anti-scarring) effects of the stem cells may be of benefit to patients with conditions such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF). However, this finding is the first placebo-controlled evidence in humans that indicates MSCs may play a beneficial role in the treatment of certain lung disorders.

The PROVACEL trial is one of five ongoing clinical trials at Osiris, including two Phase III trials using the cells in the treatment of steroid refractory Graft vs. Host Disease and Crohn's Disease, both of which have been granted fast track status by FDA. Osiris is developing PROVACEL as part of a strategic alliance with Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE:BSX) for commercialization of Osiris' mesenchymal stem cell technology in the cardiac field.

Evaluation of patients in the PROVACEL trial will continue for a total of two years following treatment.


06-12-2007, 12:07 AM
I just got an e-mail from the doctor that is involved with the company where I got my stem cell therapy. He has just left Thailand and is on his way to Australia attending stem cell conferences in both countries. If anyone doesn't think this is of global interest, they are wrong. If anyone thinks stem cell therapy doesn't exit, they are wrong. I will be anxious to ask him how many U.S. attendees were at these conferences. He is from the U.S. so at least the U.S. had some representation. He promised to update us all when he returns. I am sure there was some exciting new information that he obtained. He will be back in the United States after June 25th. He has offered to allow anyone with questions concerning their own specific circumstances to call him or e-mail him after that date. If you would like to have his information, please e-mail me privately. I will give you one word of advice when talking to him. Have your questions ready beforehand. He is extremely knowledgeable and before you know it, he has you learning all about stem cell therapy and you completely forget to ask him what you wanted to! A very fascinating person.

06-12-2007, 08:58 AM
Science's New Era Centers On Adult, Not Embryonic Stem Cell Research


06-12-2007, 08:23 PM
Study explores stem-progenitor cells


06-13-2007, 01:50 PM
The mainstream media is ignoring promising news about adult stem cell research.


06-13-2007, 03:25 PM
Hi guys I wrote an e-mail to Jennine, Barbara and Jan (AngelFire) and every one was returned. WHY???
And why is the www.arboristsite@msn.com marked with a sender ID query??
They can not verify the sender or whether it is legit or not. A lot of spammers and spoofers go phishing here.
Which leads me to ask if this site is legit or just another hoax and scam.

06-13-2007, 07:52 PM

I have no idea why your emails are being returned.

Not sure what you mean by phishing or hoaxes or spams.

06-14-2007, 10:34 PM
Barry - the Arboristsite is Darin's forum for arborists. You shouldn't have the @msn.com in there if you are trying to access it. I guess I am not understanding what the problem is. You can e-mail me personally because you have before. Let me know if you still have difficulty. There are a lot of Canadian members on the Arboristsite. If you like trees and chainsaws and stuff like that, it is an awesome site.

06-15-2007, 09:35 AM

I hope you feel foolish at this point after posting that same information in so many COPD forums with wrong websites (who ever heard of a website with an @ in it)?

If your emails to myself, Barb and Jan were returned perhaps you typed ithe email addresses wrong just like you typed the website address incorrectly.

If you aren't interested in what were are doing that's your business, but to slander us based on your own incorrect information is absurd and I hope you are ashamed of yourself.

In order to scam we would need to be offering something to sell. I see nothing here that would lead anyone to think it's a scam.

Are we scamming the Stem Cells in the News and the Clinical Trials too?

The facts speak for themselves. Unless we are holding a gun to your head or a knife to your back no one forced you to come to this forum.

Our goal is to spread the news that there is hope for people with COPD and we are the living proof.

06-15-2007, 02:35 PM
Hi guys I wrote an e-mail to Jennine, Barbara and Jan (AngelFire) and every one was returned. WHY???
And why is the www.arboristsite@msn.com marked with a sender ID query??
They can not verify the sender or whether it is legit or not. A lot of spammers and spoofers go phishing here.
Which leads me to ask if this site is legit or just another hoax and scam.

(1) ANSWER TO: I wrote an e-mail to Jeannine, Barbara and Jan (AngelFire) and every one was returned. WHY

I honestly do not know why. That is why I am attempting to contact you by email and this answer to your post.

(2) ANSWER TO: And why is the www.arboristsite@msn.com marked with a sender ID query??

The link you typed is incorrect for Darin's site. Here is the correct link:

Barry, I assure you this site is legit, not a hoax or a scam. If you go back to the forum site, you will notice that your remarks remain, by choice. They could have easily been removed.

Jeannine and Barbara (who have had stem cell therapy) tried to email you, but their emails came back. I am also emailing you to both the email you show here and the one you used to sign up to this forum. Hopefully you will get it. If not, hopefully you will read this reply to your post.

Have a great day.
Jan (AngelFire)

06-15-2007, 04:20 PM
Hi Barry, I was thinking about how silly your remarks looked on the other forums when we have left your posts here on this forum for all to see. Were you looking for information on labs in Canada so that perhaps you could get in the stem cell business? I can think of no other reason. I gave you the company's name where I got treatment. I do not have the name of the lab and quite frankly, I never thought to ask for it and if I did, what is that going to do for me? I think you need a reality check on how businesses do business. Take out the phone book and start calling businesses in your area. If they manufacture something ask them how they get the parts, where they get the parts, how they assemble the product, who they sell to and I am sure you will get the same response from most of these companies. It is called the dial tone. If someone called me at the business I own and wanted to know these things, I would never give the information to them. Why should I? I've worked hard to get my business where it is and I feel that the information above is proprietary. You need to do your own research and not be so presumptuous as to think we are hiding something that was never ours to hide. Get off your duff, get a life and go do your own research. I would also suggest a class on the internet since you seem to have many problems with e-mailing. By the way, I feel great again today.

06-26-2007, 04:49 AM
Well things have died down a bit so lets start again. We got off on the wrong foot and I apologize for upsetting the proverbial apple cart. We are all living with COPD and in many cases other health problems too.
I thought you deserved some information I came across.
The University Health Network released a news item on June 20th in Toronto, Ontario. By and large they were honouring a Dr. Joel Cooper and a Dr. Griffth Pearson for their work in transplantation.
For 2007, Dr. Shav Keshavjee, Director of Lung Transplant Program of Toronto General Hospital and a former student Dr. Cooper will perform about 100 lung transplants.
And the exciting part is~ and I quote verbatim.
"Currently, Dr. Keshavjee and his team are researching ways in which gene therapy can be used to fix injured organs, since the lung is a complex and fragile organ that is vulnerable to injury and rejection. His lab is also looking at how genes can be used to modify and repair lungs to improve transplant results. The team's ultimate goal is to eliminate the need for transplant by using regenerative medicine to grow healthy replacement lungs." end of quote.

I just thought this item may be of interest to your readers. Thanks, as ever, Barry.

06-30-2007, 01:50 PM
I thought your readers would like to research stem cell development here is the U.S.This stands for Lovelace Respirology Research Institute. They are working on stem cell research as it pertains to COPD. The institute is located in New Mexico not Mexico. Barry.:):)

06-30-2007, 02:23 PM

When I click on the site you posted, this is what the page says when I come to it:

The domain name www.lrri.com is for sale

Prices in the region of US$4525

Could it have been put in incorrectly? I'd really like to see what they're doing in the U.S.


06-30-2007, 03:20 PM
Barry - You have the website listed incorrectly (or correctly if you are the one selling this) so I am editing it out as it appears to pertain to the sale of a domain name. I can't see where this has anything to do with stem cells and it is confusing.

06-30-2007, 03:54 PM
Sorry to all my apologies. The .www.lrri worked this morning. However if you google the whole name Lovelace Respirology Research Institute you will find them.
Their address is 2425 Ridgecrest Drive SE. Albuquerque. New Mexico.
zip is 87108-5127 and the phone number is (505) 348 - 9400.
I am sorry for any inconvienience caused. Sincerely, Barry.:o:o

06-30-2007, 04:00 PM
I am truly sorry for the screw up. That website worked this morning.
To Barbara, Jeannine and Jan and to Mary my sincerest apologies. Barry. :o:o

06-30-2007, 06:25 PM
Barry & everyone,

I discovered the mistake Barry made when he posted the website for this institute. He put .com on the end of the address and it's .org. This can be a very common mistake if you're typing in an address from memory so let's don't be so hard on him, k?

I just found the website and I'm checking out the news items right now.



06-30-2007, 07:18 PM
Hi all.. I believe the website you are looking for is LRRI.org...I've seen it too and read some of their stuff. I am currently on a lung transplant list since Feb '07. the surgeon said it's a pretty long wait for emphyzema patients. I really don't want to go through with it,but if I have no other choice..... I am also trying to be part of the ease trial going on hear in Mass. I've signed the consent forms and had pft,xray and ct scan so far. they found a new spot on my upper left lung that looks suspicious so I have to see a surgeon to see if it may be cancer. The trial coordinator says I may still be able to be part of the study,we'll see. If I had the resources I, too would do the stem cell therapy, mostly as I said before, I believe with my whole heart that that is the answer. For now, I pray alot and try not to worry too much about things that are out of my control.

06-30-2007, 11:24 PM
It's an old story but further proof that adult stem cells actually do work.

According to recent Australian media reports, scientists there have made a ?revolutionary breakthrough? by coaxing embryonic stem cells to become cells that ?resemble? lung cells. The reports say this is a major step forward in developing cures for numerous lung diseases, cystic fibrosis in particular.


07-02-2007, 02:48 PM
Jeannine; The article you wanted us to read in the above post was printed in September of 2003. It is now July of 2007. Have you got any more up to date sources??

The sources I gave are both current. Lovelace Respiratory Reasearch Institute in Albuquerque New Mexico and in Toronto at the University Health Network. Contact robert thompson@uhn.on.ca

Sincerely Barry.:cool:

07-02-2007, 04:20 PM
Barry - Having just responded to you on another thread, I did want to add my two cents to this. Jeannine said this was an old story. She liked it and thought it was valuable because of its contents. This is where I think you may be striking out when you write the officials you have been trying to reach. We all can read that she said it was an old article. There is no point in you telling that again. If you have news about the clinic in New Mexico, by all means, use that when you write and phone people, if it is encouraging. Have you called that clinic? Have you asked to speak to a doctor there or are you just looking at the website? If you really want to reach people, you must do tons of legwork on your own and through groups like this. Mary asked if she could use any of my responses on this forum to help her publicize her plight. I told her of course she could. She wants to use living examples. The publicity she may be able to get, may catch the eye of someone that can pull strings. Who knows? Like I said, don't try to go off in too many directions at once. Don't waste your energy this way. Maybe, you would do well to concentrate on the clinic in New Mexico and gather all the information from them they are willing to give. There is a lot you can do. We all put a lot of effort into this forum and it takes a lot of our personal time. I didn't find the article Jeannine posted. I didn't find any of these articles that are posted on this forum. I thank everyone here who has found them and put them on here. I am not worried about the date especially when she clearly said it was an older article. I am more interested in content. Learn as much as you can about stem cell therapy. Most of the people you want to contact won't know much about it all. You can become their expert. Good luck.

07-08-2007, 07:54 AM
Did you contact them?? University Health Network or e-mail robert.thompson@uhn.on.ca ??? Just wondering, Barry.:confused::confused:

07-08-2007, 12:33 PM

It might help a little if we knew what we were contacting them for. I've looked at the UHN website several times after you've posted this site and email address and don't see a thing about stem cell research or therapy. Would you care to share what you've found there or is it a big secret?

I can't see emailing someone I don't know telling them that "someone" told me to email them to ask something about stem cell therapy. I don't mind a bit to inquire at places that I know offer something but I'm not going to email or call blind on "someone's" assumption or offer.

Everyone here has been more than honest and open about things and don't try to hide anything, no matter what some might think. But, you're asking others to do something on an "assumption" and most won't do that. If you don't mind sharing what you've discovered in Toronto, more would be willing to investigate.


07-09-2007, 07:24 AM
This is how editing is done Barry. There is also delete and blocking. You are headed for the latter.

07-26-2007, 07:31 AM
New Treatment Of Disorders Of The Cornea Employing Adult Stem Cell Growth


23 Jul 2007

A new method of adult stem cell growth, designed in the Area of Cellular Therapy of the University Clinic (University of Navarra), has demonstrated its efficacy for its capacity to grow cornea stem cells. So Ana Fernandez Hortelano, ophthalmologist at the Hospital demonstrated on applying the growth technique in treating diseases of the cornea, using stem cells, in 70 test animals (rabbits). The aim of the procedure was to regain the damaged epithelium and thus restore transparency to the cornea.

The thesis, defended by doctor Fern?ndez Hortelano at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Navarra, proves the therapeutic efficiency of using corneal stem cells in patients with pathologies of the cornea, such as caustications or ocular herpes, by using stem cells from a healthy contralateral eye. The technique is being currently applied to patients with satisfactory results.

The research has two essential parts. On the one hand, it describes the design of a new method of cell growth and, on the other, explains the clinical application of the procedure.

The research undertaken by the ophthalmologist has shown that, from a small biopsy sample, the new technique enables the growth of a number of stem cells sufficient for the treatment to be effective. The cell sample is taken from the limb of the healthy eye -- the ocular structure responsible for the transparency of the cornea.

The importance of this growth method lies in the fact that it enables the characterisation of the cells obtained, i.e. determining the quantity and viability of the units to be used.

The method developed combines culture on a plastic chip with that of pne on an amniotic membrane. The novelty of the technique focuses on the first stage -- where the plastic chip is used. The fragment of tissue obtained from the healthy eye divides into smaller fractions which are grown on the chip. Thus a greater number of halos of stem cells are obtained (as many as the fragments of tissue). A sample of the cells obtained are then sent the Anatomic Pathology laboratory where the viability and quality of the cell units are verified.

The cells are transferred to the amniotic membrane growth culture, one that is highly suitable when dealing with stem cells that are to be transplanted for ocular regeneration treatment.

Once in the amniotic membrane, the stem cells expand in a homogeneous manner, enabling a better cell identification in order to select the most suitable units for the treatment. This method reveals the cell population that we are implanting in the eye and verifies the quality and quantity of the cells transplanted.

The second part of the research involves the clinical application of the adult stem cells transplanted in rabbits, which previously have had an epithelial corneal lesion induced, causing loss of corneal transparency. This is a pathology that does not respond to a corneal transplant nor to other conventional treatment.

The procedure used by Dr Fern?ndez Hortelano involved obtaining this type of cell -- corneal stem cells -- by means of a biopsy of cells from the healthy eye of the rabbit. This is a small sample of cells -- 3 by 4 mm -- and so the contrateral eye is not in danger. It is then necessary to grow the samples in order to obtain greater numbers of cells, an expansion achieved by transferring the culture to the amniotic membrane.

The adult stem cells obtained are implanted in the damaged eye and the limb is regenerated, leading to the recovery of the corneal epithelium and the transparency of the cornea. The results to date achieved amongst the group of rabbits, with induced limbic insufficiency and which then had a transplant of adult stem cells, showed recovery of the corneal epithelium in 60% of the treated animals. The corneal epithelium is the layer that is damaged with limbic insufficiency, a problem which, in the long term, results in opacity of the cornea.

---------------------------- Jan

07-27-2007, 08:24 PM
Here's a really good article I got in a newsletter:



08-13-2007, 07:20 PM
I see I am allowed to post again. So here goes.
I subscribe to google and it sends out news about whatever subject you want to know about. It searches its data base for the key words you want.
I put in COPD and stem cell research and about every couple of days get notices of articles relating to these specific topics.
Yesterday there was a reference to stem cell news in an article from the medical news from May 27th titled "First Reported Data from Argentina of Improvement in COPD Emphysema Kind, Using Stem Cell Therapy"
I printed out a copy of the whole article and it looks promising. Barry.

08-13-2007, 07:47 PM
Sorry about that had an emergency issue and had to leave computer.
The article appeared in Medical News Today
Under the main news catagory Respiratory/Asthma and it also appears in stem cell research.
The other end in Argentina is www.fundacionfernandezvina.org
Hopes this helps. Barry.

08-13-2007, 08:25 PM
I found this article today and it sure does sound promising for the U.S. and for people suffering from these problems.


Enjoy the read!


08-13-2007, 08:46 PM
Barry - This article came out quite some time ago about Argentina. Nassin is one of the three people mentioned. He had treatment last December and continues to do well. He is having a booster this week in El Salvador. He got adult stem cell treatment at the age of 77. He feels a booster may just put him over the top as far as feeling even better than he already does. He was able to get off O2 about 22 days after treatment, but still suffers from some SOB so that is why he decided on a booster. He jets all over the place and is rarely home. Quite an accomplishment for a man who was practically given up for dead. There are several posts on the forum about Nassin and he has a big role in the book Jeannine and I wrote. If it were not for Nassin, you would not have gotten a message that you were allowed back on the forum because there would have been no forum. It is because of him that our Pioneers group was formed and we got treatment.

08-16-2007, 01:52 AM
There is an outfit attached to a hospital near where I live that harvest umbilical stem cells from newborn babies. The parents pay for the collection and storage of these cells that may be needed later in life for the child to cure some illness or disease they may catch. Whether they will supply cells to others I do not know as yet. They are at http://www.cellsforlife.com good hunting. Barry.:cool: