Dr. Max Gomez, Medical Correspondent on CBS-TV & SFLF Trustee, explains adult stem cell science and its therapeutic potential.
Jim Danhakl’s story of triumph after he was diagnosed with CIPD, a debilitating disorder that threatened to destroy his life.

What is Cell Therapy?

Cell therapy (also called cellular therapy or cytotherapy) is therapy in which cellular material is injected into a patient; this generally means intact, living cells. Cell therapy is the subject of intense research and the basis of potential therapeutic benefit.

Autologous cell therapy, where the donor and the recipient of the cells are the same person, is distinguished from allogenic cell therapy where the donor is a different person from the recipient of the cells. In pharmaceutical manufacturing, the allogenic methodology is promising because unmatched allogenic therapies can form the basis of “off the shelf” products.

Cell therapy is targeted at many clinical indications in multiple organs and by several modes of cell delivery. Accordingly, the specific mechanisms of action involved in the therapies are wide ranging. Some of the cells used in cell therapy include stem , T, dendritic, natural killer, genetically modified, plasma, and red blood.

Our Heroes

All of the work of SFLF is ultimately for the patients—past, present and future— who have been and will be treated successfully with adult stem cells. We recognize and appreciate the contributions made to the field by these patients. These unlikely heroes didn’t set out to change the world, but are changing the world of science and medicine everyday with their remarkable stories of courage and triumph in the face of adversity.
We have recognized some of these heroes at our Vatican Conferences and to feature some of their stories in our Life Lines newsletter. We have shared their stories here, and urge you to read more about their inspiring journeys.

The Healing Cell:

How the Greatest Revolution in Medical History is Changing Your Life

By co-authors, Robin L. Smith, M.D. (Chairman and President, SFLF), Max Gomez, Ph.D. (Trustee, SFLF), and Monsignor Tomasz Trafny (Head of Science and Faith Department, Pontifical Council for Culture and Executive Director, STOQ Project). Learn how the adult stem cells found inside our bodies—our healing cells—can potentially be used to repair damaged hearts and organs, restore sight, kill cancer, cure diabetes, heal burns and stop the march of degenerative diseases.

Stem cell therapies can change the way we live our lives after being afflicted by a disease or trauma. This has already happened, continues today, and is going to revolutionize the world of tomorrow. Already, doctors have used stem cells to grow pouches and channels that replace bladders and windpipes, have used stem cells to grow new vessels that bring blood to dying tissue, and have coaxed stem cells into becoming liver tissue, insulin-secreting beta cells of the pancreas, and even cells that support a beating heart. We hope the stories within The Healing Cell lead you to see the depth and reach of the possibilities of adult stem cell therapy, understand that the healing potential of these cells is being realized today and help you become as excited as we are about the future of medicine.

The Healing Cell book