Moorfields Eye Hospital is to host European trial of human embryonic stem cells

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 26 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6124
  1. Geoff Watts
  1. 1London

Moorfields Eye Hospital in London is to carry out a clinical trial of human embryonic stem cells in the treatment of Stargardt’s disease, a form of macular degeneration. The phase 1 and 2 trial, which is due to begin in a few months, is said to be the first in Europe to test stem cells of this kind in patients.

The trial will be conducted by the retinal surgeon James Bainbridge. Describing his hopes for the new treatment in this and other forms of macular degeneration, he …

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