Manilva at the cutting edge of equine stem cell research

Manilva at the cutting edge of equine stem cell research

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Various regional and local government representatives recently visited the La Equina Equine Hospital, where they had the opportunity to see the results of an investigation into the development of horse stem cells and their possible applications in human medicine.
This research is the result of the Estudio sobre Viabilidad y Migración de Células Madre Equinas (Study of the feasibility and migration of equine stem cells) which was launched in 2007 with support from the Ministry through a 481.000 euro incentive. It was a pioneering initiative in Spain and has been at the forefront of scientific research worldwide.
The results represent an advancement in the knowledge of potential regenerative therapies in human medicine and have led to the first steps towards creating a stem cell bank. The international impact has been such that the conclusions have been discussed in seminars in Leipzig, Kentucky, Chicago and Birmingham.
The fact that the investigation was carried out by a local company is of great benefit to the municipality, placing tManilva at the centre of worldwide research studies into the application of stem cells as a regenerative medicine.
The ESTEM project is the basis for the application of the results obtained in human medicine, which can go a long way in stem-cell research with far less resources than are usually required for this kind of research. This technique is also allowing injured horses an 80% chance of recovery.
The company is conducting another project focused on research into common diseases of the purebred Spanish horse and how to improve the breeding process. The development of this project is being carried out between the company, the University of Córdoba (UCO) and the University of Barcelona (UAB).
This is an excellent research project supported with some 168,000 euros of funding in 2010.
The Equine Hospital, with a staff of 10, began operations in 2003 and is one of the leading equine hospitals in Spain, both due to the number of cases received and surgeries performed. 800 horses per year are brought to the hospital, 200 of which are operated on.
(This article was first published on Manilva Life)