Dr Payne has sent a comment:
"the most recent scientific evidence indicates that only certain kinds of adult stem cells can be differentiated into neuronal-like cells --
and this in the lab (in vitro) -- and not spontaneously in the body."
The reason I ask, my son has participated in a clinical trial for this very same procedure, mentioned in initial post, which began March 23,2010...
No differentiating of cells in a petri dish involved, only seperation of stem cells to be followed by injection into CFS..
Obviously a direct flow to the brain..
We have seen dramatic improvements during the first few weeks, which I am positive was due to the growth factor, Neupogen, used..
Since that time, there are reasons to believe that something is changing in his brain ( maybe cytokines and/or transformation into nerve cells??)..
The doctors involved with the study seem to believe it will take 4-6 months for results concerning new nerve cell growth..Which is where my question arises..
Follow up with MRI in 6 months post procedure date, should deny or confirm any transformation and survival..
If any success of transformation, the time span of 0-6 months will still be in question...
Hopefully this clinical trial will get to the bottom of these promulgated declarations...
Lets also hope "todays" most recent scientific evidence will differ from "tommorrows" most recent scientific evidence...
Thanks for the response...
No apology neccessary, this is how we are going to learn about these new treatments being offered....Nitetrain-
Sorry about jumping into the middle of the discussion. But it seems that you have done an MRI beforehand and plan on doing an MRI afterwards, post 6 months. It would be very interesting to know if differences that can be tied directly to the stem cell transplant can be seen on the MRI. Are you doing any other therapies at the moment such as HBOT or nutritional supplements?
If no appreciable differences can be seen in the MRI but functional improvements are noted, might it that mean that the health and functionality of the existing neuronal/glial cells interactions has improved but no new neuronal cells have occurred? Do you know if MRI's also measure glia cells?