Multiple Sclerosis is a debilitating neurologic disease that is thought to be caused by destruction of the myelin sheaths (fatty protective insulation) around axons of the brain and spinal cord. Loss of myelin impacts the ability of these tissues to conduct signals and the inflammatory process can lead to scarring resulting in a broad range of symptoms. This myelin damage appears to be related primarily to an auto-immune dysfunction, but there also appears to be environmental and genetic factors involved. There is no known cure for the physical and cognitive defects associated with chronic Multiple Sclerosis. Many investigators are looking at using the regenerative properties of cell therapy to mitigate the impact of Multiple Sclerosis on the nervous system.
Stem Cells And Multiple Sclerosis
Until recently, it was believed that damage to the brain tissue was permanent. Our clinical research has shown that stem cell therapy with an application intravenously, or through spinal tap, crosses the blood brain barrier and copies neural stem cell activity.
This stem cell treatment leads to the replacement of damaged cells and the restoration of the brain function in most cases. In fact, a growing number of reports indicate that adult stem cells have the ability to stimulate the generation of new neurons, oligo-dendrocytes, and astrocytes.
The Center For Regenerative Cell Medicine has developed a specific SVF deployment protocol that attempts to utilize the immuno-regulatory and anti-inflammatory properties of SVF (rich in mesenchymal stem cells and growth factors). Special measures are taken to optimize transport of the SVF across the blood-brain barrier to improve central nervous system uptake. This is all done as an outpatient at the time of SVF harvesting and procurement. The entire cellular surgical procedure takes approximately three hours