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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 367-373

Report: Stem cell applications in neurological practice, an expert group consensus appraisal

1 Department of Neurology, Institute of Human Behavior and Allied Sciences, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, New Delhi, India
3 Stem Cell Facility, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
4 National Brain Research Institute, Gurgaon, Haryana, India
5 Department of Pathology, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, India
6 Department of Neurology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
7 Department of Neurology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
8 Indian Spinal Injuries Center, New Delhi, India
9 Department of Neurology, Grant Medical College and Sir JJ Group of Hospitals, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
10 Department of Neurology, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India
11 Department of Neurology, Dayanand Medical College, Ludhiana, Punjab, India

Correspondence Address:
Gagandeep Singh
Department of Neurology, Dayanand Medical College, Ludhiana - 141 001, Punjab
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0972-2327.186825

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Introduction: Neurologists in their clinical practice are faced with inquiries about the suitability of stem cell approaches by patients with a variety of acute and chronic (namely neurodegenerative) disorders. The challenge is to provide these patients with accurate information about the scope of stem cell use as well as at the same time, empowering patients with the capacity to make an autonomous decision regarding the use of stem cells. Methods: The Indian Academy of Neurology commissioned an Expert Group Meeting to formulate an advisory to practicing neurologists to counsel patients seeking information and advice about stem cell approaches. Results and Conclusions: In the course of such counselling, it should be emphasized that the information provided by many lay websites might be unsubstantiated. Besides, standard recommendations for the stem cell research, in particular, the application of several layers of oversight should be strictly adhered in order to ensure safety and ethical use of stem cells in neurological disorders.

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