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'Powerful partnership' of EU doctors in stem cell trial

A stem cell trial treating heart attack patients will help to see if their "natural environment" can treat the disease. Co-researcher Professor John Martin, from University College London, said:

This trial brings together a powerful partnership of European doctors and scientists to solve a fundamental problem of importance to all people. It will give an answer about whether adult multi-potential stem cells in their natural environment can treat human disease.

'Most comprehensive' heart attack stem cell trial starts

Doctors at a London hospital have started treating heart attack patients with their own stem cells in the "biggest and most comprehensive" trial of its kind ever undertaken.

It follows the "Regenerate" series of three smaller charity-funded studies led by Barts Health NHS Trust consultant cardiologist Professor Anthony Mathur:

It has taken two years to get to the point where we are ready to accept patients, but we have now reached that stage and we are all very excited.

Our studies will tell us if adult stem cells from bone marrow can repair damaged hearts and, if so, how these cells should be administered to patients.

– Professor Anthony Mathur, Barts Health NHS Trust consultant cardiologist


Doctors treat heart attack patients with stem cells

Doctors at the London Chest Hospital have started treating heart attack patients with their own stem cells.

The London patients are among the first of 3,000 participants in the European-wide study to look at the life prolonging effects of stem cell therapy.

Bone marrow cells Credit: PA Wire

Five days after suffering a heart attack, stem cells will harvested from the patient's own bone marrow and then be injected into heart muscles in the hope that they repair some of the damage.