Stem cells are cells that have the remarkable potential to develop into many different cell types. Stem-cell therapy is the use of stem cells to treat or prevent a disease or condition.
Boston IVF is collaborating with a company that is performing research on developing clinical applications of stem cell therapy for diabetes and other illnesses. This project is being conducted under the approval of an ethical research committee.
In an IVF cycle the patient will have embryos used for their own treatment [transfer or freezing] and the remaining poor quality embryos are discarded. To develop these stem cell therapies we will ask patient’s to donate only their poor quality embryos that would normally be discarded. If successful this project would have the ability to assist a significant amount of people.
If you are willing to donate your discarded embryos to create stem cells with the aim of treating clinical diseases, please contact the Kristin Rooney, Research Program Manager, at 781-434-6470.