Stem Cell Research In San Diego Uses Patient’s Own Cells
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Aired 6/12/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.
Melissa Houser, Director of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Center at Scripps Clinic.
Cassandra Peters, participant, Parkinson's research, volunteer Summit-4-Stem Cell
Michael Kalichman, Director of Research Ethics Program at UC San Diego
Experimental medical research underway at Scripps Clinic has the potential for helping a number of patients with Parkinson's disease. Researchers say it also could change the way stem cell research is viewed and the way doctors and patients team up to find new treatments for disease.
Eight patients at Scripps Research Institute hope the procedure will allow their own skin cells to be developed into cells that can replace their brain cells that have been damaged by Parkinson's disease. The patients are also involved in helping to raise millions of dollars for the research with a grassroots organization they started called Summit4StemCell.