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Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center Research Suggests Promise of Cell Therapy for Bowel Disease


9/21/2012 8:11:24 AM

New research shows that a special population of stem cells found in cord blood has the innate ability to migrate to the intestine and contribute to the cell population there, suggesting the cells’ potential to treat inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). “These cells are involved in the formation of blood vessels and may prove to be a tool for improving the vessel abnormalities found in IBD,” said lead author Graca Almeida-Porada, M.D., Ph.D., a professor at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s Institute for Regenerative Medicine. The research is published in the journal Hepatology.

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