Iran celebrates 30 years of medical success
Sun, 08 Feb 2009 18:30:50 GMT
By Patricia Khashayar, MD., Press TV, Tehran
In the three decades since the victory of the Islamic Revolution, Iranian researchers have made several crowning achievements in the field of medicine.
Iran is one of the 10 countries that produce human embryonic stem cells. The country has emerged as the leading stem cell researcher in the Middle East, due to its innovative scientific studies in this field.
Last year, Iranian researchers celebrated two thousand stem cell transplants and cell therapies performed at the BMT Research Center.
Iranian scientists have successfully identified and isolated human kidney stem cells, cultured and produced differentiated splenic and liver tissues in mice, and produced smooth muscle cells from human bone marrow-derived mesenchymal cells.
Iranian researchers have successfully used Schwann cell transplantation to repair spinal cord injuries, a procedure which is not routinely performed in countries other than Russia, China, and Germany.
The technique has so far been used to treat about 300 patients. The success rate was reported to be about 60 percent, whereas the success rate of the techniques used in other countries was no higher than 10 percent.
Following their latest achievements in the application of stem cells in treating patients with cardiac arrest, chronic lower extremities ulcers, limbal stem cell deficiency, liver cirrhosis, and vitiligo, the country’s first cellular therapy center was inaugurated in 2008 for the purpose of treating refractory diseases.