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21 May 2012
Two patients have undergone treatment as part of a
revolutionary stem cell replacement study which could reverse their
The pioneering approach to the treatment of eye disease has been
developed by Scottish scientists and clinicians, and has entered
clinical trials. The research study involves growing stem cells
from deceased donors and transplanting them onto the patient's
cornea, the transparent front part of the eye.
The donor stem cells have been grown by the Scottish National Blood
Transfusion Service (SNBTS) and the trial is being run by SNBTS
together with NHS Lothian and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon today met with Sylvia Paton, the
first patient in Scotland to take part in the research study at the
Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion in Edinburgh.
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