Cedar Stem Cell Intitute in Columbus, Ohio is continuously researching stem cells to discover new therapies to help our patients with a variety of conditions. Ongoing stem cell research studies include the following:


Research

Study #1: SPINAL CORD INJURY STUDY with BONE MARROW and PRP

Background: This study is somewhat similar to the study by Jarocha's group in Poland published in Cell Transplant, March 2015. The results of the Polish group's research suggested that repeated intrathecal infusions of Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) might have the potential to produce clinically meaningful improvements for Cedar Stem Cell Institute patients.

Our Study: The purpose of our study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of bone marrow aspirate concentration (BMAC) and Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) transplantations for a spinal cord injury (SCI). We harvested Autologous BMAC from the iliac crest and simultaneously injected it intravenously and intrathecally every 3 months. At the same time, we added PRP to the intrathecal BMAC.

Research We tested both the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) scores and the Oswestry Disability index (ODI) scores before and after injections. Our research paper entitled, Combination administration of Platelet rich plasma and autologous bone marrow aspirate concentrate for spinal cord injury: a descriptive case series was accepted for publication in 2020.