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The Board of the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians has recently learnt concerns of the Australian Government, other medical colleges and our own fellowship regarding the safety of procedures involved with the provision of stem cell therapy to patients. These concerns are partially driven by reports recently published in the lay media, scientific literature and a coroner’s report.
A recent case report in the New England Journal of Medicine1 of a glioproliferative tumour in the spine after treatment with a mixture of mesenchymal, embryonic and fetal allogeneic stem cells for residual effects of a stroke warrants significant concern regarding the safety of unregulated innovative procedures.
Closer to home, a coroner’s recent report into the death of …