Stem-Cell Cure for Blindness: Just Six Years Away

April 19, 2009

(ChattahBox)—In just six years time, many blind patients will once again be able to see the faces of their loved ones, according to British researchers, who pioneered a new stem-cell treatment that can restore sight. Researchers from London’s University College and Moorfields Eye Hospital focused on age-related macular degeneration, the world’s most common cause of blindness. Using embryonic stem-cells, the researchers developed an artificial membrane to replace diseased eye-cells with great success.

Lead researchers Pete Coffey and Lyndon da Cruz used embryonic stem-cells to grow replicas of the bad cells on a thin artificial membrane, inserting it behind the retina of pigs and rats, restoring normal sight. The excited researchers say human trials are just two-years away, which will be only the second human trial using embryonic stem-cells in the world behind the U.S.

The research is so promising, Pfizer, a pharmaceutical giant, has offered the financial backing necessary to bring the new treatment to the public in record time. Researchers expect the new treatment on the market in six-years. The treatment, once safely manufactured, would be available as a quick one-hour outpatient treatment.

Although the use of embryonic stem-cells is controversial, it offers hope for a normal life to many sufferers of devastating conditions who until now, had no expectation of a cure. The U.S. is set to conduct a human clinical trial later this year, using embryonic stem cells to treat patients with spinal cord injuries.

Macular Degeneration affects 25-30 million people around the world, causing debilitating blindness, with more than 1.75 million sufferers in the U.S. This new stem-cell treatment holds great promise to restore the sight of millions, offering them once again an opportunity to embrace all that life has to offer.

Exciting times are ahead in the advancements of medical science using stem-cells.

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3 Responses to “Stem-Cell Cure for Blindness: Just Six Years Away”

  1. Zayed Barbar on April 21st, 2009 3:25 am

    Dear Sirs,

    My name is Zayed Anis Barbar, I’m 50 years old, I live in Beirut-Lebanon. I haven’t been able to see at all for about 12 years because my left eye was damaged due to blood bleeding inside the cornea net, and this is the only eye that I have a hope to see through.
    Could you please provide me with more details whether my case could be treated successfully to enable me see again or not.
    I’m willing to volunteer in your experiments! Should you require further details to inquire about my case please do not hesitate to contact me either by:
    Mobile phone # +961 3 539257
    Or Home phone # +961 1 264672
    Or through the following e-mail: dareenbishara@yahoo.com

    Hope you will take my request into consideration.

    Thank you in advance.
    Zayed Barbar

  2. Debra Moss on June 21st, 2009 2:20 am

    My daughter Kristy was born@ 24 weeks on the 6/8/1985 she is now 24 years old she suffers with retinopathy of prematurity the retina has detached in both eyes.Would she be a candidate for this procedure.She isa highly intelligent young woman currently studying pychology at university.Could you please contact me with further information on this as her Grandmother who is 79 years of age said to me last week she prays that Kristy will be able to see her before she dies.We are hoping Stem Cells are the answer to our prayers. Yours Debra .email victorylodge@aussiebroadband.com.au

  3. shaira on September 30th, 2010 9:59 pm

    Brilliant work done!!!
    I appreciate Ur Work :)
    U discovered a new life for blind people!
    Really happy from Heart I cann’t express my feelings in words.

    I have low vision
    and I know the importance of eyes.

    Thanks

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