Editorial: Regulating stem cell therapy

A revised set of guidelines on stem cell research was recently released by the Indian Council of Medical Research and the Department of Biotechnology, seven years after an earlier one was issued. Despite claiming that the revision was necessitated by a need to “reflect new scientific and clinical findings” that have changed the landscape of … Continue reading Editorial: Regulating stem cell therapy

Trials soon to test treatment for blindness due to chemical burns

Published in The Hindu on December 19, 2012 “It is a disruptive technology for treating blindness caused by chemical burns,’ said Dr. Virender S. Sangwan, Associate Director, Clinical Research at the L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad. “We anticipate starting the human clinical trials to test the safety and efficacy of the technology by mid 2013.” … Continue reading Trials soon to test treatment for blindness due to chemical burns

Novel technique using stem cells revives damaged eye

Published in The Hindu on March 1, 2012 Treating blindness caused by burns using limbal stem cells harvested from the undamaged eye of the same patient has now become cheaper, easier and safer. Results of a pilot study of the SLET (simplified technique of limbal transplantation) technique conducted at L.V. Prasad Eye Institute on six … Continue reading Novel technique using stem cells revives damaged eye

A step closer to restoring vision using embryonic-like stem cells

Published in The Hindu on September 10, 2009 After establishing a procedure to restore vision of people whose cornea has been damaged by physical or chemical injury by harvesting limbal stem cells from the healthy eye and transplanting them to the eye that has been damaged, the Hyderabad-based LV Prasad Eye Institute has moved to … Continue reading A step closer to restoring vision using embryonic-like stem cells

Growing limbal stem cells without using human scaffold

Published in The Hindu on July 30, 2009 Using stem cells present in the limbus region of eye to restore vision in people who have damaged cornea and limbus as a result of chemical or thermal injuries, or are suffering from Stevens-Johnson syndrome is nothing new. It is being done for the last few years. … Continue reading Growing limbal stem cells without using human scaffold