According to a publication from NewZNew, the NeuroGen Brain and Spine Institute in India plans on hosting an outpatient stem cell therapy consultation camp in Chandigarh on the last day of this month. Chandigarh, located far in the north of India, is the joint capital of Punjab and Haryana states — though is technically an independent territory administered directly by the Central Government.
About Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cell therapy is a relatively new but rapidly expanding field of medical research. Put simply, stem cell therapy modifies immature cells to produce a desired effect.
The science behind the therapy is obviously slightly more complicated than that. Stem cells come from all kinds of places, and therapies involving their use are numerous and diverse. Stem cells may be particularly useful in regenerative medicine — the regeneration or repair of cells damaged by certain conditions or injuries.
Patients with spinal cord injuries, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, or even type 1 diabetes might benefit from a stem cell transplant. In two patients, stem cell therapy even helped cure HIV — a condition that just 30 years ago would have been an almost certainly fatal diagnosis. The limits of the technique’s uses are pushed by new discoveries every year. There’s little doubt that stem cell therapy, and access to it, can have life-saving results.
NeuroGen to Host Outpatient Camp
NeuroGen recently announced that they would be organizing an outpatient stem cell therapy consultation camp in Chandigarh on August 31st. The decision to host the camp in the remotely-located Chandigarh was made because travel can be difficult for patients with conditions that can be treated with stem cell therapy (such as muscular dystrophy, spinal cord injury, or cerebral palsy).
Although stem cell therapy itself isn’t offered at the camp, consultations can help determine which patients may be eligible for the procedure. Patients who may not be familiar with the technology may also have the opportunity to ask questions or voice their concerns.
NeuroGen is one of the first institutes in India to offer both stem cell therapy and rehabilitation. To date, they have treated almost 8,000 people from over five-dozen countries. The Chandigarh consultation camp may help raise the number significantly, bringing awareness of the technology to a region otherwise lacking in access to such advanced methods of care.
Advances in medical technology are only as effective as their proliferation through the population. Access to high-tech therapies like stem cell treatment is limited in many places around the world. What do you think of this exciting announcement from NeuroGen? Share your thoughts with Patient Worthy!