Hadassah follows US centers in implanting embryonic stem cells into eye to treat AMD

Following several attempts by US researchers, ophthalmologists at The Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem have implanted embryonic stem cells into the eyes of a patient with age-related macular degeneration in the hope of eventually finding an effective treatment for the degenerative disease. However, the experiment is only the beginning of a clinical trial of 15 patients, and the procedure has not yet managed to cure or improve the disease abroad.

The Health Ministry approved the experimental use to treat AMD for the first time following years in which embryonic stem cells were not found effective. Hadassah’s attempt involved the implantation of retinal pigment cells to replace the degenerated retinal cells in the patient, but nowhere in the world has it yet proved to relieve the condition.

Source: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/Hadassah-follows-US-centers-in-implanting-embryonic-stem-cells-into-eye-to-treat-AMD-413819

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