Stem-cell doctors to trial 'bandage' for torn knees
Steve Connor is the Science Editor of The Independent. He has won many awards for his journalism, including five-times winner of the prestigious British science writers’ award; the David Perlman Award of the American Geophysical Union; twice commended as specialist journalist of the year in the UK Press Awards; UK health journalist of the year and a special merit award of the European School of Oncology for his investigative journalism. He has a degree in zoology from the University of Oxford and has a special interest in genetics and medical science, human evolution and origins, climate change and the environment.
Tuesday 15 November 2011
The doctors behind the world's first transplant of an artificial windpipe made from a patient's own stem cells are to begin clinical trials next year on a stem-cell "bandage" for mending torn knee cartilage.
Professor Anthony Hollander of the University of Bristol, who helped save the life of a Colombian woman, Claudia Castillo, with the transplant of a tissue-engineered windpipe, will lead a team treating patients with torn knee cartilages, a common problem among sportspeople. The doctors aim to transplant stem cells derived from a patient's bone marrow on to a damaged knee joint, where it is hoped the cells will act like a repairing bandage to mend the tissue.
Bristol University said the clinical trials had been approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency and that the university spin-off company, Azellon Cell Therapeutics, has so far raised £2.25m for the trial.
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