Chennai, Oct10: End stage heart failure patients with no other options except heart transplant can now pin their hopes on a novel muscle cell patch based treatment developed by the Osaka University team in Japan. Prof. Yoshiki Sawa presented their results which led to the approval of such treatments in Japan in the 10th Anniversary of Nichi-In Centre for Regenerative Medicine (NCRM), the NCRM NICHE 2015 in Chennai.
Dr. K.M. Cherian (Chairman, Frontier Lifeline Hospitals, Chennai) also opined that Autologous Stem Cells in their experience has been safe. He lauded the pioneering work by Prof. Sawa and added that a technological collaboration between such institutes in Japan and hospitals in India would be of great help to ailing patients with end stage Heart Failure in India. Bridging the technological divide between institutes in both the countries will help not only the speciality of Cardiology but also other specialities like Ophthalmology, said Dr. Sujata Mohanty of AIIMS, New Delhi who gave a plenary talk on Corneal Regeneration in the NCRM NICHE 2015.
The 10th edition of the exclusive national level quiz competition on stem cells for the prestigious Fujio Cup, was conducted and Manipal Institute of Regenerative Medicine, Bangalore team became the champions. The chief guest of the event, the Acting Consul general of Japan Mr. Koji Sugiyama congratulated the winners and lauded NCRM for their original inventions and joint patents with Japanese and Indian Institutes.
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Prof. Dr. D. Shantharam (Hon'ble Vice Chancellor, The Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University) and Rev. Fr. Francis Xavier (Director, Loyola I-CAM College of Engineering and Technology (LICET)) gave away the certificates to the scholars of the seventh batch of Training Program in Regenerative Medicine (TPRM) and prizes to the winners of the poster session on Regenerative Medicine
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