019 - Stem cell treatment for age related macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa with Kevin Mackormack from CIRM
Have you ever wondered what the future on Stem Cells Holds for your ice?
On this episode I sat down and spoke with Kevin McCormack Senior Director of Communications for the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine -CIRM- where he explains in detail to beyond blindness the funding that they have invested in to stem cell research for macular degeneration, Retinitis Pigmentosa and Cornea, He further explains the great results researchers at UCLA have gotten so far, he explains how the future looks so promising for the ocular impaired community.
On this episode you will learn three things:
- How stem cell funding and research are done, pllus how you can apply as a candidate.
- How Embryonic stem cells are grown and transfered to the eye.
- What are Limbal stem cells and how they will regenerate your cornea in the future.
03:22 What is your back ground? and what is CIRM?
04:26 Clinical trials for retinitis pigmentosa and age related macular degeneration
04:54 Process to get stem cell research for age related macular degeneration
07:14 How the patient with age related macular degeneration is treated with stem cells.
08:54 How long does the surgery takes?
09:29 When will treatment be available main stream and for the public?
11:26 How can people opt in for a clinical trial for age related macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa?
Site mentioned for a clinical trial application:
12:47 How embryonic cells are grown in the laboratory.
15:03 Are there immune suppressants involved in the stem cell treatments?
16:38 Stem cell treatment for retinitis pigmentosa.
21:14 How long will stem cell treatment for retinitis pigmentosa will take to get to the general public and hospitals?
22:26 Why less patience on clinical trial for macular degeneration and more patience on clinical trial for retinitis pigmentosa?
23:33 Kevin talks about cornea and Limbal stem cells.
24:14 Where does SIRM gets its funding from?
25:09 What keeps Kevin MacCormack motivated and on top of his game?
26:12 How to contact CIRM and Kevin MacCormack?
29:14 The way I see it
Link mention on the podcast
California institute for regenerative medicine
“The stem cellar” https://blog.cirm.ca.gov/
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