Lab Model of Progressive Fibrosis Allows Scientists to Evaluate Therapeutic Candidates
Pulmonary Fibrosis News Columnist and Forum Moderator Charlene Marshall shares an article discussing the use of a lab model replicating the main steps leading to progressive fibrosis. The investigators and researchers hope this will help them assess the properties of therapeutic candidates to help stop of reverse progressive fibrosis, in various diseases, including IPF. This study is taking place at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles.
In recent years there has been a lot of skepticism and even some illegal claims that stem cells can cure fibrosis lung diseases. In fact, just recently the Washington Post investigated stem cell therapies at the Lung Institute and reaffirmed that stem cells treatments are ineffective. With that said, Charlene Marshall believes that the future of medicine does lie within the use of stem cells, so she’s happy to see this study being conducted at UCLA. What are your thoughts on the use of a patient’s own stem cells to try and improve or cure their condition/disease?
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