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Hope, hype and reality behind stem cell treatments

03 November 2017
A/Prof Megan Munsie answers public questions on stem cell treatments

A/Prof Megan Munsie presented the MOVE October 2017 Public Lecture on the hope, hype and reality behind stem cells treatments for muscle, bone and joint health.  

MOVE muscle, bone & joint health is an Australian organisation that provides services, advocacy, information, education and research to the 1 in 3 Australians living with musculoskeletal conditions.

Stem cell treatments are often portrayed by the media as a “cure-all”. Indeed, it seems like most professional athletes have received a stem cell treatment for their sports injury, with these treatments seemingly available to the public. Clinics around the world are also actively promoting stem cell treatments for musculoskeletal conditions, and other health issues, at a very high cost to the consumer. These treatments, however, are lacking in reliable evidence that the stem cell approaches work or are safe. Moreover, the cell processing and delivery methods are not regulated.

Through explaining the risks associated with the so-called stem cell treatments, A/Prof Munsie explored some case studies and then concluded her presentation by given the audience some key tools for navigating these clinics and their treatment options. A/Prof Munsie’s presentation was extremely well received and many audience members asked probing questions during the Question and Answer session, following the presentation.

Update: The Australian Government recently announced regulatory changes to address the sale of unproven stem cell treatments. 

Associate Professor Megan Munsie is an Associate Investigator with Stem Cells Australia

For more information:
Read the MOVE Flyer on Stem Cell Treatments.
View the video of the Public Lecture.