DR LEWIS OBI PROPOSES ADVANCED ADULT STEM CELL CLINICAL APPLICATIONS AT THE ANNUAL MEETING OF AACS IN NEW ORLEANS
Tuesday January 20th, 2015
Last week, Dr. Lewis Obi was the lead speaker for the masters stem cell program held at the 31st Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery in New Orleans. After five years of intensive work with adult stem cells, Dr. Obi is exploring the potential of 3D imaging and SVF to convert fat into a living ink for 3D printers. More than a year ago, the Canfield Vectra XT 3D imaging system was installed at the Obi Plastic Surgery Clinic and now 3D printing of human tissues is being explored with more specialized devices. The CSN Institutional Review Board (IRB) has tracked the safety of using fat derived stem cells in more than 2500 patients to date and with no evidence of major complications.
A GLIMPSE INTO THE FUTURE
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Cornel University, Dr. Lawrence Bonassar PhD., is currently applying this technology in humans. For some time, Cornel and other university centers have been successful in printing out living human tissues including ears, noses, the human bladder and other structures. Expanding this science from the laboratory to the bedside may require a decade or more because of regulatory restrictions of the FDA. However, it is hoped that work in private facilities such as the Obi Plastic Surgery Clinic may progress at a faster pace.
The steps from adult fat to human tissues and organs will require interaction with other surgical specialties as well as biological clinical researchers. Dr. Lewis Obi is currently interacting with these experts and will focus his attention on plastic surgical and orthopedic applications. Adult stem cells are multi potent and may be used to generate almost any tissue in the body. This may include joint cartilage such as the meniscus in knees as well as ear and nose cartilage. At the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Peter Rubin is helping wounded warriors recover from facial injuries with the use of adipose derived stem cells. On the privatized side, Bioheart of Miami is actively regenerating heart muscle after heart attacks utilizing stem cells from fat, bone marrow and cord blood.