This is great news. I don’t know anyone with substantive research into stem cell treatment of mental illness or depression. Autism of course has been treated for years – https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/autismaspergers-stem-cells/
$1.2M Grant for Stem Cells from Mental Patients
Rutger’s University received a US$1.2 million grantfrom NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) to start research on adult stem cells.
The stem cells will be taken from people with mental health disorders such as major depression, attention deficit disorder and autism.
Rutger’s University already has the world’s largest repository of stem cell lines.
The National Institute of Health (NIH) has this to say about adult stem cells:
“…research on adult stem cells has generated a great deal of excitement. Scientists have found adult stem cells in many more tissues than they once thought possible. This finding has led researchers and clinicians to ask whether adult stem cells could be used for transplants.“
These stem cells are found on various tissues and organs of the human body. Rutger’s University will gather stem cells from the skin of the patient.
The bulk of stem cell research is currently based on embryonic stem cells which researchers manipulate into other cell types. The foray into adult stem cell research has less restrictions that could hasten discoveries in disease treatment and control.
It is not stated whether the condition of the person, whether mental or physical, has any effect on the stem cell gathered.