Home » Stem Cell Therapy » Lifesaving ‘miracle cure’ invented at SMS; doctors soon to play God?

DNA | Sep 19, 2012, 04:40AM IST

Jaipur: If everything goes according to plan, doctors at the Sawai Man Singh (SMS) Hospital would soon be able to play God; healing patients by helping ailing organs regenerate from within, obviating the use of invasive and surgical techniques.

Known as ‘miracle cure’ in the medical profession doctors at SMS Hospital have managed to employ stem-cell technology to cultivate first living cells that could power a whole new methodology of healing patients with acute and chronic disorders.

The breakthrough generation of cells has been reported in three fields – physical medicine, urology and ophthalmology. The three departments were selected for research in regenerating cells three years back to help cure spinal cord injuries, eye ailments and urology problems, particularly among the women. Doctors claim that such advances have not been made in any state-owned facility in the country.

“It took almost two years to develop the required lab, but since last seven months we are successfully growing cells. So far twenty cells have been cultivated by our wing,” claimed Dr Shivam Priyadarshi, whose team is working on Muscle Derived Stem Cell Therapy in Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI).

Studies have confirmed “good” cell growth in most cases so far. “We hope rest of the results would be good,” Priyadarshi said.

Significantly, where stem cell researches in SUI have been taken up in the United States, Germany and in Austria, doctors claim tests on human would go on trial first in India if actual implantation takes place. “It is taking ten to twelve days on an average to grow a stem cell. Soon, we will send our report to Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and seek permission from the ethical committee to plant the cells,” Dr Priyadarshi said, adding, “If we get permission, the first implant could take place within six months.”

Ophthalmology department is also excited about the possibilities offered by successful generation of cells in the lab. “We have grown thirty corneal cells for corneal transplant and by the yearend we should be able to perform the first stem-cell corneal implant,” hoped Dr Mukesh Sharma heading the project for research in ophthalmology.

Dr Mrinal Joshi of the Physical Medicine Department believes that growing nerve cell in lab is the most challenging task in medical science, but exults over his team’s efforts which have given them a dozen cells.

“So far, only 5 spinal cord stem-cell transplants have taken place in the world and if we pull it off, it would open new window for treatment of spinal disorders in India,” Dr Joshi told DNA.



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