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Parkinson’s treatment trial completed

John Kerr posted in on June 18th, 2015.

New Zealand company Living Cell Technologies (LCT) have released the results of a small trial of a new Parkinson’s Disease treatment, indicating that their procedure is safe and may improve symptoms. The company’s NTCELL product is based the around implantation of cells derived from pig brain tissue, which help to support neurological function. The results […]

NZ Parkinson’s trial on hold – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on February 20th, 2014.

An Auckland biotech company is putting its trial of an experimental Parkinson’s disease treatment on hold following the withdrawal of previous animal research. Living Cell Technologies (LCT) has suspended patient recruitment for a clinical trial testing the xenotransplantation of specially encapsulated pig-derived cells (NTCELL) as a treatment for Parkinson’s disease. Earlier research from the company had […]

NZ Herald: Crystal ball gazing into 2011

Peter Griffin posted in on January 5th, 2011.

An article in the Herald on Sunday looks forward into 2011, making predictions about a range of subjects from science and technology, to sport and entertainment. Gadgets such as the Yike-Bike and the iPad get a mention, as does Living Cell Technologies for its research in diabetes treatment. An excerpt: (read in full here) “Scientists […]

Animal to human transplants get the Aussie go-ahead

Peter Griffin posted in on December 10th, 2009.

Australia has lifted the ban on research involving animal to human transplants. In 2004, NHMRC recommended that there should be no animal to human transplantation (xenotransplantation) clinical trials in Australia for five years, subject to review in December 2009. The NHMRC Council has now recommended that xenotransplantation research could proceed in Australia when the following […]

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