Questions raised about safety of experimental stem cell therapies in Australia

18 December 2013
Australian stem cell scientists are concerned about local doctors selling unproven stem cell treatments for a wide range of diseases without first collecting evidence that the treatments work or are even safe.

Currently proven stem cell treatments are limited to certain cancers, blood and autoimmune diseases, and treatments for skin burns and repair of the cornea of the eye. All other treatments are in the development phase or entering clinical trials, are yet to be demonstrated as both safe and effective, and should be viewed as highly experimental. For more information on stem cells please download The Australian Stem Cell Handbook.

Click to watch ABC News story (18 December 2013) featuring Professor Martin Pera, Program Leader of Stem Cells Australia and Chair of Stem Cell Science at The University of Melbourne.