"..this decade's major medical breakthrough: stem cells and their therapeutic applications."
Catalyst, ABC TV, stem cell special
AdiCell for your dog's joint pain
Treating arthritis with your dog's own healing cells
AdiCellâ„¢ is an advanced but simple treatment for your dog's osteoarthritis. It uses your dog's fat cells to treat an arthritic joint, such as a hip or knee. AdiCell is a safe procedure that puts to work your pet's natural regeneration system.
Our results show significant improvement in pain and mobility. AdiCell treated dogs are healthier and lead more active lives without drugs.
Learn more about AdiCell. Watch Dr Katrina Warren interviews with dog owners (5:40).
BBC World covers AdiCell snow leopard, Kamala
5 February 2011, BBC's Health Check with Claudia Hammond.
The BBC takes its broadcast to Sydney's Taronga Zoo. Reporter Nicky Phillips checks progress with AdiCell patient, Kamala. Kamala, an endangered snow leopard, received the stem cell treatment in November 2010.
Regeneus' Dr Ben Herbert also explains how AdiCell works. Listen to the BBC broadcast: Stem cells helping to ease pain of osteoarthritis in a snow leopard (BBC website, 06:20).
- See the 4 step, same day AdiCell procedure
Learn more about your dog's care during a treatment
Fat cells and stem cells
Our technology uses your animal's own fat cells. These cells are easy to collect and contain high quantities of mature stem cells.
Mature stems cells are not embryo stem cells
AdiCell technology uses mature stem cells and other cells from your animal's fat. Embryonic cells are not used.
As opposed to stem cells from an embryo or umbilical cord blood, cells from fat tissue come from the live animal. Think of these cells as your animal's own emergency repair kit. Importantly, there is no ethical dispute regarding the use of mature stem cells.
Additionally, the AdiCell procedure is a same day process. No lengthy wait periods. No culturing or growing of cells.
About mesenchymal stem cells
In a small sample of fat tissue there are millions of mesenchymal stem cells. These stem cells secrete small molecules and proteins that affect healing processes. They regulate the immune system when there is damage or injury. Mesenchymal stem cells are critical to AdiCell. Their functions include:
- Reducing pain and inflammation
- Stimulating local tissue to heal, e.g. production of new blood vessels
- Preventing cell death
No rejection with regenerative stem cells
Your animal will not reject cells from its own body so there is minimal risk. Using an animal's own cells is an easy way to reproduce what nature does best. If body tissue is damaged, stem cells help advance the healing process.
Stem cells are undifferentiated. This means they can become a cell type where needed, due to disease or injury. They may take on many different functions. For example, they can regenerate
- Cartilage (connective tissue)
- Blood vessels
- Fat tissue
- Liver tissue
Recent discoveries in mature stem cells
Recently research into stem cells has generated a great deal of excitement. Scientists have found mature stem cells in many more tissues than they once thought possible. First from bone marrow and now from fat, scientists use mature stem cells for procedures such as transplants. Fat tissue is an extremely rich source of these cells.
Esther with a plug of precious mesenchymal stem cells
Perri Hawke and Esther in the lab
Fat being harvested for processing