Can stem cells help us control Parkinson’s symptoms?

Can stem cells help us control Parkinson’s symptoms?

November 8, 2019 0 By William Morgan


I’m interested in determining whether
stem cells are able to improve
non-motor symptoms in models of Parkinson’s
We know now from a lot of research
that the non-motor symptoms are symptoms
that actually affect the quality of life of people with Parkinson’s
sometimes even more than the motor symptoms
These range from and sleep disturbances through to changes in gastrointestinal functions
Including things like thinking problems, dementia
Sometimes depression or anxiety or the experience of unexplained pain
Stem cells are really exciting cells for us because they are the basic cells of the body
We’re really interested in using these
cells because we can make them into the
dopamine cells that are lost in
Parkinson’s
The potential outcome of this project is that
We’re hoping to be able to take a treatment like stem cells
And actually look beyond what it’s been used for at the moment
Ideally what we would like to do is to
be able to target this treatment to people individually
To understand which particular non-motor symptoms they’re experiencing
And to transplant these cells in such a way that we can
alleviate those symptoms for each
individual person