The Australian Stem Cell Centre has produced a Patient Information Handbook for people who are considering stem cell treatment – proven, investigational/experimental or unproven. It also contains information on clinical trials, here in Australia and overseas.
The NSCFA and Stem Cells Australia are committed to keeping this handbook up to date and relevant.
Stem cells and stem cell science hold great promise for assisting in the diagnosis and cure of many currently untreatable diseases. Despite this promise, there are currently relatively few treatments that are safe and have been medically proven in clinical trials. If you are considering any stem cell treatment you may wish to utilise the Handbook, as well as view this video where scientific experts discuss current developments in stem cell research. To understand more about clinical trials, a guide is published by the International Society of Stem Cell Research which can be found here.
The National Health and Medical Research Council have produced a draft publication on stem cells treatments. Consultation recently closed on this document and a final version will be issued soon. In the mean time the consultation document can be found here.
The International Society for Stem Cell Research has prepared a Patient Handbook on Stem Cell Therapies that addresses frequently asked questions about clinical therapies using stem cells. Download the PDF file here.
The Australia and New Zealand Spinal Cord Injury Network (ANZSCIN) has a list of clinical trials on their website, and has produced a position statement regarding Stem Cell Interventions for Stem Cell Interventions for Spinal Cord Injury
The ANZSCIN states: While laboratory and animal research to date holds great promise for treating a range of illnesses in the future there are currently no stem cell therapies that are recommended for people with spinal cord injury. You can visit their website.
The Canadian Stem Cell Network has prepared a series of information on specific diseases and how these relate to stem cell research.