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The Love of a Family and Adult Stem Cells Help Beat Leukemia

by David Prentice

November 8, 2013

Terry Killman and his grandson Eli are like two peas in a pod, almost inseparable. When Terry was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia almost three years ago, it was devastating to both of them. While Terry’s cancer was diagnosed early, it escalated dramatically. Terry declined drastically, and in months he was wasting away. His oncologist at one point told him he had to start treatment immediately or be dead within days.

An adult stem cell transplant from Terry’s brother, Vic, saved his life. Terry’s wife, Michelle, says “And to know now what they’re doing with adult stem cells is absolutely amazing.” Now the former Navy engine man is back to college studying to be a teacher, and fishing with his grandson. As Terry says, “If it wasn’t for the love of my family, I wouldn’t be here. We’re very tight. You trust in God to carry you through, because between family and faith, you’ve got to have both to survive.”

Watch Terry’s story at Stemcellresearchfacts.org!


Boston Men’s HIV Cure is a Victory for Adult Stem Cell Research

by David Prentice

July 3, 2013

written by Andrew Mullins

The news of two men supposedly being cured from HIV (only the 3rd and 4th people ever to be cured) is cause for celebration for those promoting ethical adult stem cells, and provides motivation to increase adult stem cell research. As reported at the International AIDS Society meeting in Kuala Lumpur, the two men, now known as the “Boston patients”, received bone marrow adult stem cell transplants as part of their treatment for lymphoma.

Their doctors believe that the adult stem cell therapy (via graft-versus-host reaction) combined with continued anti-retroviral drugs during the transplant period eliminated virus-containing cells in the men’s bodies. Their adult stem cell transplants were 3 and 5 years ago, but now the men have been off of their anti-retroviral drug therapy for several weeks, and continue to show no signs of viral DNA or RNA in their blood. It will probably be two years before scientists feel more secure in labeling the men “cured”.

Their treatment was different from the “Berlin patient”, Timothy Brown, who appears to have been cured of HIV after an adult stem cell transplant in 2007. Brown, the first person apparently cured of HIV, received an adult stem cell transplant specifically from a donor whose cells carried the HIV-resistant CCR5-Δ32 gene. Recently news broke of a baby who was born with HIV but who is now apparently HIV-free, due to anti-retroviral drug treatment. Prevention is of course better, and in fact there was a recent celebration of the one-millionth baby born without HIV, as a result of the PEPFAR program started under President Bush.

The technique used for the two new patients apparently cured of HIV opens up a larger potential donor pool for adult stem cell transplants, though this is still a risky treatment procedure that will need refinement, and this is not a suitable treatment option for every HIV patient. Still, this is another encouraging example of the usefulness of ethical adult stem cells.

Remembering Pioneers in Patient Treatments

by Krystle Gabele

November 20, 2012

My colleague, Dr. David Prentice was recently published in a scholarly journal, Tissue Science & Engineering. This journal recently honored pioneers of the adult stem cell research community. His article, Remembering Pioneers in Patient Treatments, celebrated the achievements of researchers who have made a profound impact on advancing stem cell treatments.

We sometimes lose sight of that ultimate goal, the real reason behind our exciting laboratory investigations, late nights in the lab, grant submissions, published papers, and talks at meetings. That is why it is so important to celebrate these pioneers of basic science and of patient treatments. It is also important to remember practitioners who have labored in the laboratory and in the clinic, with that patientcentered goal in mind.

You can read Dr. Prentices article here, and to learn more about adult stem cell treatments, visit our website, Stem Cell Research Facts.