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University of Texas Health Sciences Seeking Patients for Cord Blood Studies

By Cord Blood Registry, Inc.

The purpose of this study is to compare the safety and effectiveness of two types of stem cells,(either banked cord blood or bone marrow), in children between the ages of 2 to 10 years with CP. 15 children with banked cord blood at CBR and 15 children without banked cord blood will be enrolled into the study. The study involves one baseline/treatment visit and 3 follow-up visits at 6 months, 12 months, and 2 years. Five children in each group will be randomized to a placebo control group at the baseline/treatment visit. Parents will not be told if their child received stem cells or a placebo until the 12 month follow-up visit. At that time parents may elect to have their child receive the stem cell treatment; either bone morrow harvest or umbilical cord blood if banked with CBR. All study visits will be conducted at the UTHealth Medical School and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas.

Primary Outcome Measures:
To determine if autologous cells using either BMMNCs or hUCBs are safe to administer in children with CP by assessing change at multiple time points. [Time Frame: All study visits from baseline to the end of study visit at year 2.] [Designated as safety issue: Yes] In-hospital infusion toxicity: pulmonary and hepatic function; new seizures, hemorrhagic lesions or ischemic lesions on imaging.(Composite Outcome Measure)
Long-term safety: development of new mass lesions or other pathological structural changes; worsening neurological status.(Composite Outcome Measure)

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