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Stem cell transplant reverses early stage multiple sclerosis

Posted Nov 17 2009 10:20pm
Eureka Alert
Contact: Marla Paul
marla-Paul@northwestern.edu
312-503-8928
Northwestern University

Stem cell transplant reverses early stage multiple sclerosis
CHICAGO --- Researchers from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine appear to have reversed the neurological dysfunction of early-stage multiple sclerosis patients by transplanting their own immune stem cells into their bodies and thereby "resetting" their immune systems.

"This is the first time we have turned the tide on this disease," said principal investigator Richard Burt, M.D. chief of immunotherapy for autoimmune diseases at the Feinberg School. The clinical trial was performed at Northwestern Memorial Hospital where Burt holds the same title.

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