What exciting news! This new study has received FDA approval to start a phase I/II clinical trial in an attempt to treat a specific type of Macular Degeneration, Stargardt’s Macular Degeneration. This not the exact same disease as Age Related Macular Degeneration, but if treatment for Stargardt’s Degeneration is successful, ARMD can’t be far behind.
For years, we’ve only been able to try to prevent and slow down Macular Degeneration. However some patients suffer considerable vision loss, even with our best efforts and modern medical science. Time will tell if this exciting new use of Stem Cells will help us treat Macular Degeneration, but its exciting to see something get to this stage of clinical trials.
I’ll be sure to keep you appraised as this study moves along and if any other related studies are started. I don’t know that there are no eye care centers in our area participating in this trial, and Stargardt’s is a small subset of all the patients with Macular Degeneration. I don’t have any information about enrolling as a patient in this study, but will pass along anything I learn about for our area.