Navigation Links
U of U researchers to use patient's own stem cells to treat heart failure

SALT LAKE CITY Nov. 17, 2008 Researchers at the University of Utah are enrolling people in a new clinical trial that uses a patient's own stem cells to treat ischemic and non-ischemic heart failure.

The one-year Cardiac Repair Cell Treatment of Patients with Dilated Cardiomyopathy (IMPACT-DCM) study will look at the safety of injecting Cardiac Repair Cells (CRC) and their ability to improve heart function.

Patients enrolled in IMPACT-DCM will have their own bone marrow cells drawn (about 3 tablespoons worth), which will then be grown in a culture to expand the number of cells that will help the heart muscle and improve blood flow. Two weeks later, the patient's stem cells will be injected directly into the left ventricle of the heart during a minimally invasive surgery developed by Amit N. Patel, M.D., national principal investigator for the IMPACT-DCM trial and director of cardiovascular regenerative medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine.

"Heart failure affects about 5 million Americans, with more than half a million new cases diagnosed each year. A subset of these patients has dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), a condition that leaves the heart weakened, enlarged and unable to pump blood efficiently. For most of these patients, the only option has been a heart transplant," said David A. Bull, M.D., professor and division chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery in the U's medical school and site principal investigator for the trial.

"This is the first trial of its kind in the United States, providing patients who have limited to no other options with a viable treatment," said Patel, professor of surgery. "By using a patient's own cells, we eliminate the concern of rejection and the need for potentially harmful immunosuppressive drugs. We hope these cells will help with new blood vessels and support the heart muscle in order to improve the heart's function, thereby greatly improving the patient's quality of life."

Patients who have been diagnosed with congestive heart failure (NYHA Class 3 or 4) and are between the ages of 18 and 86 may be eligible to participate in the trial. The University of Utah is one of five nationwide sites conducting the IMPACT-DCM study, sponsored by Aastrom Biosciences, Inc., a company specializing in autologous cell products. IMPACT-DCM is a randomized, controlled, Phase II study that will enroll 40 patients nationwide: 20 patients with ischemic DCM and 20 patients with nonischemic DCM.


Contact: Chantelle Turner
University of Utah Health Sciences

Related medicine news :

1. Researchers identify toehold for HIVs assault on brain
2. Researchers Tackle CLL, Diabetes and Trauma-Hemorrhage
3. Researchers Use New Method to Control Bleeding in Hemophilia
4. Stem cells with potential to regenerate injured liver tissue identified by Penn researchers
5. Protein can nurture or devastate brain cells, depending on its friends, researchers find
6. Researchers find stem cells from monkey teeth can stimulate growth and generation of brain cells
7. Battling Bacteria in the Blood: U-M Researchers Tackle Deadly Infections
8. Researchers to Present Additional Data on Soliris(R) (eculizumab) for the Treatment of PNH at the ASH Annual Meeting
9. USC researchers identify key mechanism that regulates the development of stem cells into neurons
10. Cornell researchers study showing evidence of a major environmental trigger for autism
11. Maastricht University researchers produce neural fingerprint of speech recognition
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... American Family Care (AFC), the ... of a holiday pop-up clinic located in Metro Atlanta’s North Point Mall. The clinic ... and different way. The location is scheduled to operate through Dec. 24. , Holiday ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... Danbury, CT (PRWEB) , ... November 24, 2015 , ... ... Network (WCHN) today announced an innovative study designed to yield insights into how to ... potential development of biomarkers for pancreatic cancer from small, non-coding RNA molecules (ncRNA), genetic ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... November 24, 2015 , ... ... award at Cleveland University-Kansas City (CU-KC), in Overland Park, Kansas. Benson, ... Chiropractor and University President Carl S. Cleveland III on October 16. , “Katie ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... CA (PRWEB) , ... November 24, 2015 , ... ... Silver&Fit® Exercise and Healthy Aging Program have announced their endorsement ... service. , “American Specialty Health Fitness is proud to have the MFN as ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... IN (PRWEB) , ... November 24, 2015 , ... Dr. ... his office to help the community stress less this holiday season. During the ... additional stress in people's lives and the team at AlignLife want to help provide ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/24/2015)... st  Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological ... in Chicago on Nov-29 th through ... st  Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of ... Chicago on Nov-29 th through Dec-4 th ... will present its revolutionary whole body CZT digital SPECT/CT solution at ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... , Nov. 24, 2015  Family Rentals, ... recently announced the launch of their newly designed, ... --> --> ... --> --> Now, renting ... travel and vacation, just got a whole lot ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... LONDON , November 24, 2015 ... PCSK9 Inhibitors, CETP Inhibitors, MTTP Inhibitors, ApoB Inhibitors and ... areas are going to grow at the fastest rates? ... to 2025, assessing data, trends, opportunities and prospects there. ... graphs. Discover the most lucrative areas in the industry ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: