July 2015

Spinal Cord Injury & Stem Cells

July 9th, 2015|

By Melanie Gutmann, M.S.

Long gone are the days when a spinal cord injury (SCI) was a death sentence. Current medical advances allow SCI survivors to live quality lives with their injuries and prevent further health complications. In the 21st century, we are now hoping that those with SCI not only manage their disability, but that they can regain motor and sensory abilities […]

June 2015

Translational Research: From Bench to Bedside

June 15th, 2015|

By Furqan U. Haq, PhD
Basic science lends to the conceptualunderstanding of complex subject matters in medicine. The field of medicine is dependent on applying knowledge of medical sciences such as anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, pharmacology, and pathology to better understand disease at the cellular, tissue, organ, and biologicalsystem level. However, the foundation of this rigorous medical sciences subject matter finds its roots in […]

5 Questions on Stem Cells Answered

June 12th, 2015|

By Shekar N. Kurpad, M.D., Ph.D..
Q1: Where are stem cells sourced?
A1: Research and development of stem cells has been an exciting new development as a potential treatment for many conditions that were previously considered incurable. Stem cell research for the spine (and in general) has hit its stride since the late 1990s, both in terms of basic research as well […]

4 Categories of Regenerative Medicine

June 9th, 2015|

By Michael W. Hasz, M.D., F.A.C.S
Regenerative medicine and techniques are tools frequently used to help our own body heal itself. The goal of regenerative medicine is to enhance the body’s healing, growth, and renewal properties to decrease pain, increase function, and improve overall health. The following are four categories to accomplish these goals.
ONE : Stimulate our body’s own natural healing […]

Stem Cells 101

June 5th, 2015|

By Furqan Haq, PhD
Words like regeneration, rejuvenation, and regrowth conjure up hope and potential when used in a medical context. Every scientist or clinician that has harnessed the potential application of stem cells in a clinical setting for patients has pondered what the next frontier is. Even after decades of peer-reviewed, published information on stem cells, […]

Am I a Candidate for Regenerative Medicine?

June 5th, 2015|

By Steven Barna, MD
For spinal conditions, the primary condition where stem cells may be of value is recent MRI-confirmed symptomatic degenerative disc disease of mild to moderate degree that is causing axial neck or back pain. Stem cells would be of little value for radicular pain (radiating pain to an arm or a leg) as a result of a disc herniation […]

April 2015

Non-Surgical Regenerative Therapy for Degenerative Disc Disease

April 10th, 2015|

 This is a clinical study to collect safety and preliminary efficiency information on the use of NuQu chondrocytes (cartilage cells) delivered to the center of a lumbar spinal disc to treat low back pain.