Thursday, 14 February 2013

Stem cell trial for AMD in Japan

The ethics committee at the Institute for Biomedical Research and Innovation in Kobe, west Japan, announced yesterday that they have approved a human clinical trial for age-related macular degeneration to test the efficiency of induced pluripotent stem cells in the treatment of the condition.

The clinical trial probably comes as a response to Shinya Yamanaka's request for financial support for his stem cell research. Yamanaka is a stem cell pioneer, being the first to create both animal and human iPSCs, something which later resulted in him winning the Nobel Prize in medicine.

During the trial, retinal cells created by iPSCs, will be transplanted into the eyes of AMD patients. If the trial does get approved it will be the first of its kind in Japan, and one of the few human stem cells trial in the world. It is worth mentioning that Shinzo Abe, Japan's prime minister, announced a month ago that his government will be giving 110 billion yen (US$1.2 billion) worth of funds to support iPSCs research.


Video featuring Shinya Yamanaka's 



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