Stem Cell Therapy for Autism in Singapore 2020

Stem cell therapy for autism in Singapore is an ongoing topic of research and is considered experimental by the medical community. Parents can find fee-for-service clinics that advertise stem cell therapy for autism, but most of these clinics promote their own approach, which creates a lot of confusion among parents about how to compare their treatment options.

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Stem Cell Therapy for Autism Research Update

Stem cell therapy for autism is an ongoing topic of research and is considered experimental by the medical community.

Clinical trials have been performed to demonstrate safety and efficacy of stem cells autism management:
  • Sharma A, Gokulchandran N, Sane H, et al. Autologous bone marrow mononuclear cell therapy for autism: an open label proof of concept study. Stem Cells Int. 2013;2013:623875. [PMC free article]
  • Dawson G, Sun JM, Davlantis KS, et al. Autologous cord blood infusions are safe and feasible in young children with autism spectrum disorder: results of a single-center Phase I open-label trial. Stem Cells Transl Med. 2017;6(5):1332–1339. [PMC free article]
The list below is a summary of stem cell clinical trials for autism so far, restricted only to trials in North America and to trials using either cord blood Mono Nuclear Cells (abbreviated CB-MNC) or cord tissue Mesenchymal Stromal Cells (abbreviated UC-MSC).

Hospitals and Medical Centres offering Stem Cell Therapy for Autism in Singapore

Commercial treatments for stem cell therapy for autism are yet to be available in Singapore. If any registered medical practitioners or institutions want to administer stem cells as a form of medical treatment for autism in Singapore, it would have to be conducted within the context of clinical trials.

During the International Society for Cellular Therapy 2016 annual meeting in Singapore, Dr Michael Chez, told TODAY that 60 per cent of parents of children who participated in the study (children with autism who received an infusion of their cord blood) said they saw moderate to significant improvements, especially in language and social skills.

Dr Cherie Daly, medical affairs consultant for Cordlife, one of the three private cord blood banks in Singa­pore, said there are plans to bring the autism-stem cell clinical trial to Singapore. Dr Chez said the parties are “still in the process of getting the necessary approvals from (the Health Sciences Authority) to start the trial in Singapore”.

Still, a growing number of centres in the region are offering stem cell therapy to treat autism. According to AestheticsAdvisor.com, there are multiple clinics in Malaysia offering stem cell therapy for autism.

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