Do Cinderella Cells Hold The Key to Spinal Regeneration?

Do Cinderella Cells Hold The Key to Spinal Regeneration?
For millions who are suffering with spinal cord injuries, the storybook ball seems like fable from a land far away. Many have dreamed of a day where they can walk, dance, and run just like they are supposed to.  Everyone from infants all the way to seniors are affected by spinal cord disorders that have robbed them of their quality of life.  Despite the odds, they wish for better days and ultimately a cure.
Cinderella had her chance to go to the ball and live happily ever after.  Now scientists University of Edinburgh’s Medical Research Council (MRC) have isolated “Cinderella Cells” which have produced spinal cord, muscle, and bone tissue in the growing embryo.  Developments of these lab grown human tissues are giving hope for those suffering from neuromuscular conditions such as muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy and other motor neuron diseases, as this may one day serve as a viable treatment method. (For More Information on Breakthroughs like this, CLICK HERE)

 

 


The spinal cord houses the core components of the central nervous system, one of the most complex and highly organized structured systems within the body. The spinal cord is made from part of the neural tube during embryonic development. As the neural tube begins to develop, the notochord begins to secrete a factor known as ‘Sonic Hedgehog’ or SHH.  This induces the development of multipotent neural crest progenitors. As a result, the spinal cord, muscle and skeleton all form from a group of “Cinderella Cells” called Neuro-Mesodermal Progenitors (NMP). It is here, where scientists at the University of Edinburgh focused their research.

Over the years, researchers have been able to differentiate cells into liver, heart, muscle, skin, nerve, bone cells, and brain tissue from stem cells in the laboratory; however these NMP “Cinderella cells”, have eluded researchers for over a century.

The team at the medical research council still believes the goal of using lab-grown spinal cord tissue to treat debilitating neuromuscular conditions is still many years away. The hope is that stem cells transformed through this natural development process will resemble those that occur naturally in the body increasing the likelihood that transplants will integrate in patients.
It is advances like this that are laying the framework for future innovations and enabling scientists to treat diseases with stem cells. Stem cells are offering clues to the cellular causes of certain diseases and it is now up to future studies to piece those clues together.  (Learn more about Stem Cells by CLICKING HERE or Read Below)

HHS Identifies the “Next Evolution of Medical Treatments”

Healthcare is experiencing a growing crisis as conventional treatments reach their limitations and the United States develops an ever growing aging population. In this medical environment new and alternative strategies are needed. Stem cell based therapies are being evaluated for the treatment of a wide range of disorders. It is estimated that 132 million individuals in the United States alone may benefit from stem cell based therapy with the largest impact on patients with cancer, diabetes, autoimmune, cardiovascular and neurological disorders. Other patients likely to benefit include those with osteoporosis, severe burns, and spinal cord injuries. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has identified regenerative medicine as the “next evolution of medical treatments.”

The world’s first advanced stem cell education program was created to fill the growing need for knowledge on stem cells and regenerative medicine amongst physicians and healthcare professionals. This comprehensive program is guided by regenerative medicine pioneer and stem cell expert Dr. Dipnarine Maharaj and features instruction from the top scientists & physicians practicing in the field.

The Advanced Stem Cell Education Program (ASTEP) contains over 150 hours of lectures and video content designed to give you the most comprehensive understanding of this incredible aspect of medicine currently available. However, if you wish to target your education to areas of specific interests, you can select from one of the six subspecialty courses offered. Each subspecialty course contains lectures that cover the general biology of stem cells and the regulations of stem cell therapies to ensure proper understanding the course material.

In addition to the immense content included in the A-STEP program and its subspecialty courses, we offer a unique opportunity to learn about the practical applications of stem cells in the field of regenerative medicine. This practical module includes fifteen application-based lectures from leading stem cell physicians, practical demonstrations, and distinct stem cell preceptorship with Dr. Dipnarine Maharaj.
To find out more about the Advanced Stem Cell Education Program, CLICK HERE, or email education@bmscti.org

 

 

P.S. – ASTEP currently features both online modules and an in-person preceptorship.  For more information please click here for our information request form.

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Dr. Dipnarine Maharaj MD Featured on the Cover of Boomer Times & Senior Life Magazine

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Dr. Dipnarine Maharaj Featured on the December 2013 cover of Boomer Times & Senior Life Magazine

Recentley, Dr. Dipnarine Maharaj MD was featured on the cover of Boomer Times & Senior Life Magazine.  Dr. Maharaj was chosen to appear on the cover along with several other prominent physicians after his address at the C.U.R.E. Symposium.  At the CURE Symposium Dr. Dipnarine Maharaj lectured on his latest breakthroughs in adult stem cell therapies and regenerative medicine.  Dr. Maharaj wants everyone to know that by working on the immune system we can unlock the body’s ability to reduce inflammation, and heal itself.

Dr. Dipnarine Maharaj first made his discoveries with stem cell therapies while working with patients with various blood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma, and multiple myeloma.  What he recommends to every healthy adult is to check your immune system and to bank your immune system for the future by collecting and storing your own healthy adult stem cells.

Dr. Dipnarine Maharaj to Present Continuing Education Course to Mission Bay Study Club

Dr. Dipnarine Maharaj to Present Continuing Education Course to Mission Bay Study Club

Dr. Dipnarine Maharaj MD will be presenting a continuing medical education (CME) course to the Mission Bay Study Club, a group of over 100 dentists and physicians. Dr. Maharaj’s lecture will focus on the latest techniques in adult stem cells.

Boca Raton, FL – December 10, 2013 – Today the South Florida Bone Marrow Stem Cell Transplant Institute based in Boynton Beach, Florida announced that its Medical Director, Dr. Dipnarine Maharaj MD will be lecturing to the Mission Bay Study Club, a group of over 100 dentists and physicians, today at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Boca Raton.

Dr. Maharaj’s lecture will focus on the latest advances and breakthroughs in cord blood banking, adult stem cell banking, dental pulp banking, and disease treatment with stem cells including current approved uses for blood disorders, cancer, and immune diseases as well as new breakthroughs that are occurring in diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, and many others.

“I am very pleased to be speaking to the Mission Bay Study Club as part of their CME.  I believe that it is very important that every medical professional become well versed on what stem cells can do for them and their patients,” said Dr. Dipnarine Maharaj MD, the lecturer for the event and one of global innovators in the field of stem cell transplantation and stem cell treatment of immune dysfunction.

The South Florida Bone Marrow Stem Cell Transplant Institute has pioneered the most effective techniques for adult stem cell harvesting and collection.

The event will take place at Maggiano’s Little Italy and will start at 6:30pm.  It is limited to members of the Mission Bay Study Club only.

“The goal that everyone needs to know is that we should all have our own immune systems banked today to fight the illnesses of tomorrow,” said Dr. Maharaj.  “Understanding the immune system is understanding the key to unlock the power to fight major illness and promote health.  That’s my goal as a physician to promote health.”

About South Florida Bone Marrow Stem Cell Transplant Insitute

South Florida Bone Marrow Stem Cell Transplant Institute is a fully outpatient bone marrow stem cell transplant unit that focuses on immune boosting treatments for patients with cancers, blood disorders, and other immune dysfunction.  The Institute is led by Medical Director Dr. Dipnarine Maharaj, and has been in existence since 1995.  It is AABB Accredited, Joint Commission Accredited, and FDA Registered.  It also has a cryopreservation unit, Stem Cell Cryobank.

Dr. Dipnarine Maharaj MD Meets with Florida House State Rep. Lori Berman

Dr. Dipnarine Maharaj MD Meets with Rep. Lori Berman of Boynton Beach, FL

Dr. Dipnarine Maharaj MD Meets with Rep. Lori Berman of Boynton Beach, FL

Dr. Dipnarine Maharaj – Selected Honors

Honors

1974:               British Council Scholarship in Medicine

1976:               Certificate of Merit in Internal Medicine , Surgery, Hematology

1977:               Macleod Medal and Prize in Medicine and Surgery

1986                 Traveling Fellowship, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

1990:               Myre Sim Traveling Fellowship, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

2000 -2009:     Culpepper Foundation Grant

2007                  Coley-Bankhead Grant

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Why bank your adult stem cells – Dipnarine Maharaj M.D.

 

 

Why bank your adult stem cells – Dipnarine Maharaj M.D.

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Dipnarine Maharaj in an Adult Stem Cell Collection Procedure –

Adult Stem Cell Banking

The collection and storage of adult stem cells from a healthy individual is an elective procedure. It is an opportunity that an individual should know about, and we would like to give you all the facts so that you can make your own informed decision.
The collection and storage of stem cells is done safely on a daily basis by thousands of healthy individuals who donate their own stem cells to a related or unrelated patient who is suffering from a disorder of the blood or an immune deficiency state. The process by which the stem cells are collected is the same as when a blood donor goes to the blood bank to donate platelets. This process is called apheresis. The difference in the case of a healthy individual donating stem cells is that they are given a medication, which is injected subcutaneously for five days. The stem cells are then collected (by arm veins in most cases) using the apheresis machine.
The opportunity now exists for a healthy individual to collect and store their own stem cells for their own personal use in the future, should they need it. The idea is not new since, for many years, parents have collected and stored the adult stem cells from cord blood for their baby’s future use, should they need it.
Transplanted stem cells are used on a daily basis and adult stem cells have been in use since the early 60’s for blood disorders. Today, they are used to treat over 80 illnesses, mainly cancers of the blood, such as leukemias, lymphomas, multiple myelomas, and from matched donors to treat sickle cell anemia and beta thalassemia.
Many stem cell experts and transplant physicians believe that there will be breakthroughs in the future, and these will be helpful particularly to those individuals who have their own adult stem cells, which have been collected and stored. This is known as the emerging field of regenerative medicine.

Adult Stem Cells

All cell types in the human body originate from a group of stem cells in the early development in the mothers womb. Specialized cells are then formed from various stem cells in early development to form every organ of the body. There are certain cells in the human body that are constantly regenerating tissues throughout life, such as blood, nerves, muscle, and skin. These cells are adult stem cells. Stem cells are capable of replicating themselves, or differentiating into a variety of specialized cell types.
Most adult stem cells are located deep within organ tissue, which means that they are surrounded by many ordinary cells. They regenerate specific tissue when those cells in the body need to be replenished. Adult stem cells are found most often in organs which require a consistent cell supply, including blood, skin, and the gut lining.
Adult stem cells are specialized cells, meaning that they only give rise to a limited cell type. Scientists believe that there is a way to stimulate adult stem cells to be more flexible, so that they would be able to give rise to unspecialized cells.

 

 

Cord Blood Banking Benefits – By Dr. Dipnarine Maharaj MD

Palm Beach Parkinson's Disease and Cancer Specialist Dr. Dipnarine Maharaj M.D.

Dr. Dipnarine Maharaj M.D. FACP, Adult Stem Cell and Cord Blood Banking Specialist

Storing your baby’s cord blood is one of the easiest things that new parents can do to protect their child’s health.  By storing the cord blood, parents can ensure that their child has a resource should they ever contract or develop a major illness.  With the advances of modern medicine the uses of cord blood stem cells is growing at a rapid pace.  Already cord blood banking can be used for:

Cancer

  • Acute Leukemia
  • Chronic Leukemia
  • High-Risk Solid Tumors
  • Hodgkin & Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
  • Myelodysplastic Syndromes

Blood Disorders

Immune Disorders

Metabolic Disorders

  • Krabbe Disease
  • Hurler Syndrome
  • Metachromatic Leukodystrophy
  • Sanfilippo Syndrome

For the most part Cord Blood is discussed, however, most people don’t know that the Cord Tissue can also be saved and is a viable source of cord blood stem cells.  During this July of Cord Blood Awareness month, we should all be looking at ways that we can provide a bio-insurance for ourselves and Cord Blood Banking for your newborn baby is a great way to do that.

Dr. Dipnarine Maharaj M.D.  is the Medical Director of the Stem Cell Cryobank , an Adult Stem Cell and Cord Blood Bank, as well as the Medical Director of the South Florida Bone Marrow Stem Cell Transplant Institute.