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Smart Cells Releases 1st Sample to Treat Autism

  • Published: 2018-03-28 : Press Release by Smart Cells : Contact: smartcells.com
  • Synopsis: Private cord blood company, Smart Cells, has released their 20th sample of stem cells collected from cord blood and tissue to a patient to treat autism.

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"It's a huge breakthrough in the science of autism for us to release our first sample to treat the condition. There are currently further ongoing studies into using stem cells in the treatment of autism, and we expect to see even more promising and positive results in future."

Private cord blood company, Smart Cells, has released their 20th sample of stem cells collected from cord blood and tissue to a patient to treat autism. This is the company's first sample to be released and infused for the condition. This release closely coincides with World Autism Awareness Day on the 2nd April, for which Smart Cells have released a simple informational guide on autism for parents.

Autism Spectrum Disorder, more commonly known as simply "autism", is a group of developmental brain disorders that affects around 700,000 people in the UK. It affects a person's ability to read body language, understand facial expressions and communicate effectively, and also can cause repetitive, sometimes harmful, behaviour. It is currently incurable but has previously only been treatable through therapy and interventions.

In a breakthrough for stem cell science and the treatment of autism, Smart Cells has released their first sample to infuse in a 5 year old boy with autism at Duke University, North Carolina, USA in March 2018.

With this release, they celebrate their 20th successful sample to be released to a customer from whom cord blood and tissue was collected at birth, closely following the release of a sample that was recently sent to a 3 year old girl at Duke University for a cerebral palsy treatment.

Previous studies have shown that not only are the infusions safe and feasible, which is a hugely important first step in cord blood transplants, but that recipients of the transfusion have also shown improvements in the condition of autism, with reductions in symptoms such as repetitive behaviour and improvements in their general behaviour. The parents and researchers at Duke University noted behavioural improvements in 70% of the 25 children in the study.

The rationale behind using stem cells as treatment is that it can decrease inflammation that is a consistent finding in the brain and gut of people with autism, in turn helping to alleviate their symptoms.

In order to help parents who have children with autism to find support and understand the condition of autism, Smart Cells have released a simple guide to autism that breaks down the facts and stats, explains where parents can turn to find help and what treatments are currently available.

Dr. Ann Smith, Scientific Director at Smart Cells, commented:

"It's a huge breakthrough in the science of autism for us to release our first sample to treat the condition. There are currently further ongoing studies into using stem cells in the treatment of autism, and we expect to see even more promising and positive results in future."

"We hope that by showing our support for World Autism Day with our simple Parents' Guide to Autism, we'll also be able to help parents who don't currently have access to this kind of medical treatment, instead guiding them to find support where they can."

Smart Cells

Incorporated in July 2000, Smart Cells was the first cord blood stem cell storage company in the UK. Smart Cells are also the first UK private company to have successfully released stored cord blood units to transplant centres worldwide, to treat children with life-threatening illnesses. Leading the way by using state of the art technology, Smart Cells are ensuring that they are the most technologically advanced and innovative company in the field.

Smart Cells have released more stem cells units for transplant use than any other private cord blood bank in the UK. Find out more about their transplants here https://www.smartcells.com/baby/our-transplants/

Smart Cells have a team of phlebotomists (blood collection specialists) operating on a 24/7 basis. This service has dedicated staff, emergency telephone numbers and call out personnel which save new parents the inconvenience of having to find, book and manage this service for yourself. They also have partner labs in Spain, South Africa and Hong Kong as well as a disaster recovery unit with a PLC in the rare event of the company going bankrupt.

The UK lab is situated 3 miles from Heathrow Airport so that all international samples arrive as quickly as possible. Smart Cells have collected samples from over 70 countries and have offices in Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia and the Far East.

Sources:

https://stemcellsjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/sctm.17-0042

https://edition.cnn.com/2017/04/05/health/autism-cord-blood-stem-cells-duke-study/index.html

Parents' Guide to Autistic Spectrum Disorder: https://www.smartcells.com/baby/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2018/03/parents-guide-to-autism-.pdf

Smart Cells Supports Rare Disease Day Feb 28, 2018 with Social Campaign - 28th February marks Rare Disease Day 2018 - There are more than 6000 known rare diseases and over 30 million people living daily with them - Smart Cells

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