1 some of the material in this section is presented in greater detail in the 1988 report on fetal research and fetal tissue research from the association of american medical colleges, cited in footnote 1 of the introduction (p 1.
Fetal cell transplants take these dopamine-producing cells from aborted neural tissue and, through a small hole in the skull, introduce them into the affected brain regions of parkinson’s patients transplanted cells integrate themselves into the recipient’s neural networks and take over dopamine-producing function from their rapidly degrading counterparts. Ncbi bookshelf a service of the national library of medicine, national institutes of health institute of medicine (us) conference committee on fetal research and applications fetal research and applications: a conference summary thirteen parkinson's patients have received fetal tissue transplants in yale university's neural transplant.
(1) in general - the secretary may conduct or support research on the transplantation of human fetal tissue for therapeutic purposes (2) source of tissue - human fetal tissue may be used in research carried out under paragraph (1) regardless of whether the tissue is obtained pursuant to a spontaneous or induced abortion or pursuant to a stillbirth. Research for non-transplantation purposes using human fetal tissue is covered in administrative policy: acquisition, use, and disposition of donated human fetal tissue for research (non-transplantation) or teaching. (c) authority for withholding funds from research- in the case of any research on the transplantation of human fetal tissue for therapeutic purposes, the secretary of health and human services may withhold funds for the research if any of the conditions specified in any of subparagraphs (a) through (c) of subsection (b)(1) are not met with respect to the research.
This policy is intended to inform and assist university researchers who wish to conduct human fetal tissue transplantation research, while at the same time assuring that all such research conducted at the university meets legal, policy and funding requirements. Fetal tissue transplants are actually part of a long-established tradition of using fetal cells in research for example, the 1954 nobel prize for medicine was awarded for a polio vaccine that was developed from fetal kidney cells.
A major problem for research and treatment is the difficulty of obtaining healthy fetal tissue treating a few patients per year will not make a significant dent in the large population of parkinson's sufferers.
Harvard researchers see promise in transplanted fetal stem cells for parkinson's harvard researchers see promise in transplanted fetal stem cells for parkinson's june 5, 2014 the researchers looked at the brains of five patients who got fetal cell transplants over a period of 14 years and found that their dopamine transporters (dat.