Dr. Bernard Thébaud’s team receives $3.2 million to develop stem cell therapy for babies with lung disease

August 19, 2015

Dr. Bernard Thébaud’s team is one of seven at The Ottawa Hospital recently awarded Foundation Grants by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Thébaud’s team has received $3.2 million over seven years to develop three different kinds of stem cell treatments for babies with life-threatening lung diseases. The three approaches focus on mesenchymal stem cells, endothelial progenitor cells and induced pluripotent stem cells.

“We are one of the very few labs in the world,” Thébaud told the Ottawa South News in a recent interview, “that is banking on the therapeutic potential of these stem cells that may likely revolutionize medicine and we are the only lab working on three types of stem cell products.”

Currently the therapies keeping these babies alive can seriously damage their lungs, leading to emphysema and high blood pressure in the lungs later in life. Stem cells have the ability to repair damaged lung tissue, promote lung growth or correct genetic mutations.

Cochercheur: Dean Fergusson.

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