Stem cells offer an enormous potential for research and treatment of serious diseases and fascinate both researchers and society. However, most therapeutic approaches are currently still at the stage of preclinical and clinical trials. Therefore, it is not easy for those interested in these treatments to obtain an overview of what is currently investigated, what the next steps are, which hurdles need to be overcome and what the limitations of the treatments are. In addition, false claims circulate on the internet about supposed stem cell therapies, which are neither tested nor safe for human application. In fact, only a few approaches have been clinically tested and regularly approved, such as the treatment of severe burns of the skin or the cornea in the eye, and the treatment of diseases of the hematopoietic system, such as leukemia.
In order to give society a better understanding of the stem cell-based approaches currently being researched in laboratories, scientists in the European stem cell network "EuroStemCell" have set up information pages on the state of research and the potential applications for various diseases. You can now find a separate sub-page on "Research Approaches" on the homepage of the Stem Cell Network NRW, which links you directly via the icons to the relevant information pages, e.g. on type 1 diabetes, renal diseases or Alzheimer's disease. Each information page is then organized into categories to direct readers to the area that is relevant to them, such as: "How could stem cells help?", "What do we know?", "What are researchers investigating?", "Can stem cells be used to treat kidney disease today?"
Find out more: https://www.stammzellen.nrw.de/en/discover/research-approaches