This Man’s Own Adult Stem Cells Saved His Life. Here’s What It May Mean For Future Research

The Daily Caller | 8/18/2019 | Staff
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Seven-time Ironman competitor Dave Kurtz was diagnosed with a crippling autoimmune disease in 2015.

Thanks to a successful adult stem cell transplant using Kurtz’s own stem cells, he is on the road to recovery.

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Adult stem cells are the ethical, non-controversial answers to research, said the Lozier Institute’s David Prentice.

Seven-time Ironman competitor Dave Kurtz is recovering from an autoimmune disease after a successful adult stem cell transplant, a procedure that used his own stem cells.

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Kurtz was diagnosed in December 2015 at age 65 with scleroderma, an autoimmune disease that causes the body to produce excess collagen. Until that point he lived a active lifestyle, competing in seven Ironman competitions involving a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle race and a 26-mile marathon run.

Doctors recommended he look into lung transplants that might give him five more years to live, he told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

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“Not my idea of a solution,” 68-year-old Kurtz told the DCNF.

He instead investigated his options and found Dr. Richard Burt, a doctor conducting experiments at Northwestern University in Chicago using stem cell research, who successfully performed the adult stem cell transplant in 2017 that set Kurtz on the path to recovery.

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Woman assistant in laboratory research of cancer stem cells, Science Photo, Shutterstock.

Burt has also conducted research with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and a spokeswoman from NIH told the DCNF that the organization is “pleased to learn that a research participant in a trial conducted by Dr. Burt is doing well.”

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NIH did not directly address how a successful adult stem cell transplant affects the use of fetal tissue research, saying NIH supports research using a variety of different types of stem cells, including human fetal tissue.

“NIH funds a range of research with different types of stem cells, including human and non-human adult stem cells (from adult tissues),...
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