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Scientific Title: Allogeneic Stem Cell Therapy as a Treatment for Canine Osteoarthritis

Dr. Kristina M. Kiefer, University of Minnesota, First Award, D15CA-311

Summary: Researchers will investigate the safety and efficacy of using donated stem cells to treat dogs with naturally occurring osteoarthritis that have limited treatment options.

Description: Osteoarthritis is a progressive, degenerative joint disease that afflicts many pets. Although the disease cannot be cured, it can be managed with long-term medication to help reduce joint swelling and associated pain. Some evidence suggests that stem cell therapy may improve the quality of life for pets with osteoarthritis; however, harvesting stem cells requires the patient to undergo general anesthesia.  Not all pets are good candidates for anesthesia, surgery or long-term standard medications. In this clinical trial, researchers will investigate the safety and efficacy of using stem cells donated by healthy dogs to treat dogs with osteoarthritis. If successful, this alternative therapy may improve the quality of life for many pets with limited treatment options.

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