LOS ANGELES – , Gary K. Steinberg, MD, said at the International Stroke Conference, sponsored by the American Heart Association.
Seeing sustained benefit out to 2 years was “quite surprising. We thought we’d lose the benefit,”said in a .
The findings “change our notion of what happens after a stroke. The damaged circuits can be resurrected,” said Dr. Steinberg, professor and chair of neurosurgery at Stanford (Calif.) University.
He reported long-term follow-up data for 18 chronic stroke patients who had receivedof allogeneic bone marrow–derived stem cells. The study’s primary efficacy endpoint, at 6 months after treatment, showed clinically meaningful improvements in several measures of stroke disability and function in 13 of the 18 patients (72%), including a rise of at least 10 points in the Fugl-Meyer total motor function score.
His new report on 2-year follow-up showed that these 6-month improvements continued. The average increase inover baseline was about 18 points at 6, 12, and 24 months of follow-up.
Based on the promise shown in this pilot study, Dr. Steinberg and his associates are running a randomizedwith 156 patients. Enrollment recently completed, and the results should be available during the second half of 2019, Dr. Steinberg said.
SanBio funded the study. Dr. Steinberg has been a consultant or advisor to Qool Therapeutics, Peter Lazic US, and NeuroSave.
SOURCE: Steinberg K et al. International Stroke Conference 2018, .