17:23 29.11.2019

Medicine of the future: cell technologies in Ukraine

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How to score a decisive penalty to the disease? A football-player Andrii Shevchenko tells own experience of stem cell treatment  

December 3rd, the Institute of Cell Therapy will present  in Kiev the first results of the placental stem cells clinical trials in Ukraine in a partnership with the Institute of Traumatology and Orthopedics of NAMS of Ukraine and Kiev Clinical Hospital №6. This time the specialists will focus attention on such prevalent diseases as knee joints arthrosis and joints injuries, in particular in professional athletes. Andrii Shevchenko, a legendary football-player and trainer of the national team of Ukraine will participate in the press-conference.

Cell therapy is an innovative, extremely promising method of diseases and injuries treatment, that allows to restore damaged tissues of the body with the help of the new cells, the stem cells. Stem cells have a unique capability to transform into all types of tissues and cells of the body, in particular the cells of blood, liver, myocardium, cartilaginous or nervous tissue. Courtesy of this they restore damaged organs and their functions.  

Knee arthrosis is called the disease of the piano players and athletes. The most frequently this disease affects people, whose body is exposed to the extreme loadings, in particular athletes. The females and males, aged over 50, are also in the risk group, from which almost one third is diagnosed the arthrosis of knee joints. This disease is accompanied by the severe pain, limitations at walking and sometimes even by the total inability to move.

The result of the clinical trials, conducted by the Institute of Cell Therapy in the partnership with the Institute of Traumatology and Orthopedics of NAMS of Ukraine and Kiev Clinical Hospital №6 should become the opportunity to use cell therapy for knee arthrosis treatment, improve of the life quality of the patients, suffering from this pathology as well as to avoid or postpone the surgery on knee joint replacement for the artificial one.   Stem cells are used worldwide for the treatment of approximately 100 severe diseases, in some disorders this is the only effective method of therapy.  

Institute of Cell Therapy is a hightechnological medical institution, specializing on research, medical services and has the own Centre of Science with a Laboratory for Placenta Stem Cells. The Institute already has the experience of clinical trials performance on cell and tissue drugs, after completion of which the Ministry of Health of Ukraine issued a permission for the use of the tested technology of manufacturing and application of cell/tissue preparations, in particular for the treatment of pancreonecrosis and disorders of lower limbs peripheral arteries with the umbilical cord blood stem cells and autologous adipose tissue.

Today 4 clinical trials on the use of cell and tissue therapy methods are on the final stage and other 4 trials are going on.

The press-conference, devoted to the innovative approach in the therapy of knee joint using placenta stem cells will take place on December 3rd at  11 am at the address: Medical campus, Liubomyr Husar (Kosmonaut Komarov avenue, 3, Institute of Cell Therapy.

Participants of the press-conference are:

1. Mykola Sokolov, MD,  PhD,  Chief Doctor of the Institute of Cell Therapy, leading specialist in cell technologies.

2. Volodymyr Shablii, PhD, Deputy CEO of the Stem Cells Bank, Chief of the Laboratory for Placenta Stem Cells of the Institute of Cell Therapy. Member of the International Placenta Stem Cell Society.

3. Ievgen Golyuk, MD, PhD, Chief of the Scientific and Practical Centre of Tissue and Cell Therapy of the state institution “Institute of Traumatology and Orthopedics of the National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine”.

4. Roman Birsa, MD, a physician of the highest qualification category, orthopedist-traumatologist of the Department of Traumatology and Orthopedics, Kiev City Clinical Hospital №6.5. Petro Nemtinov, MD, PhD, a senior researcher of the Coordination Centre of Transplantation of Organs, Tissues and Cells of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine.  

Special guest: Andrii Shevchenko,  a legendary football player, the chief trainer of the national football team of Ukraine.

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