New purpose-built stem cell research facility in Edinburgh

The £54 million Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine (SCRM) was officially opened by Her Royal Highness, the Princess Royal this week.

The University of Edinburgh’s Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine will carry out cutting-edge stem cell research to help find therapies for patients with conditions such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, and heart and liver diseases.

The centre is the first large-scale, purpose-built facility of its kind and provides accommodation for up to 250 stem cell scientists. EuroStemCell is also based at this new building, as SCRM is our coordinating partner.

Read more about the opening of the centre on the SCRM website, or watch this video about research conducted there.

MS Trials.

My brother was diagnosed with Primary Progressive PPMS, which is rare and only occurs in about 10% of MS patients . He started showing symptoms of being slightly inebriated and his gait was a little unsteady. People close to him assumed it was alcohol consumption until the wife of a doctor thought he had a small stroke and suggested he see a neurologist. In the first year he went from slurring his words a little to having a difficult time articulating his words and he had to use a walker. In the last two years, his health has declined rapidly and has taken every medical and alternative treatment suggested to him to no avail. He cannot walk and is confined to a wheelchair, cannot swallow due to esophageal issues (is scheduled for surgery to expand his esophagus), cannot be understood when he speaks, can barely perform tasks such as feeding himself and chokes on his food often. My question for you is, for someone who seems to decline daily with no good days, is there a clinical trial that will accept someone like him? He is 57 and was diagnosed at 53. He has a wife and a child and cannot participate with his family. He lives in Lafayette, LA where there is no specialist, so he and his wife must travel to Houston, TX (the closest MS facility). He is unable to visit the doctor often and cannot see his neurologist in an emergency. Please let me know. I feel that due to the research I have conducted via the web, stem cell therapy is his best option to improve his quality of life. Thank you!

Hi Melissa,Thanks for getting

Hi Melissa,
Thanks for getting in touch, I’m sorry to hear about your brother’s illness. There are a few places you can find out about current clinical trials and things to think about before taking part. Have you seen our FAQ on When and how can I take part in a clinical trial? You can find it here:
As you know, more research is needed before safe and effective stem cell treatments for MS can be made available. To find out about current research, you might find it helpful to read more about current stem cell research on MS in our fact sheet:
If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us via our enquiry form at and we will get back to you directly by email.

Heart tissue

Hello,is there any effective treatment for repairing heart tissue by stem cells? Tks Romeo -France

stem cells and heart tissue

Hi Romeo, thanks for your question. Have you seen our fact sheet on stem cells and the heart? It gives a good overview on current research in this area. Best wishes, Kate

Urgent request

hello, my sister is suffering from RA for over 15 yrs. she was diagnosed very young. shes in her early 30s. shes had many ups and downs and is going through a very bad phase now. is there a way to help or cure certain damages with stem cell therapy. I was reading about succesful surgeries in panama etc. is there anyehere in the uk or scotland? please do let me know urgently. thank you, starz


my child have detected diabetes at the age of 16. i had diabetes during pregnancy. But now because of my child's diabetes i am totally sad. is there any permanent solution for this type i.e.type 2 diabetes. can the diabetes go away forever by any treatment? please help me.

web info on diabetes

Hi SC,

Thanks for getting in touch. Sorry to hear about your child's diagnosis. There are some great web-based resources on diabetes that might be a good place to start. See for example:

Best wishes, Kate

Peripheral nerve damage

Hi. 6 months ago I damaged the dorsal nerve in my penis in an auto mobile accident. It caused sensory nerve damage which has left me feeling almost totally numb down there and devoid of any sexual stimulation. This has left me devastated and has greatly impacted my life. I've read online about clinics offering stem cell treatment which can regenerate peripheral nerve damage. What is your opinion on the likely hood of success of stem cell treatment to fix this problem? Thank you

Your enquiry about peripheral nerve damage


Thanks for getting in touch, I'm very sorry to hear about your accident.  Have you seen our information on What diseases and conditions can be treated with stem cells? It gives a good overview of what stem cell treatments are currently proven and available. In general, stem cell therapies are at an early stage of research and development and more work is needed before safe, effective therapies for regenerating damaged nerves can be made available. If you have been offered a stem cell treatment, we have some guidance here on things to consider before taking any action: FAQ - I have been offered a stem cell treatment, should I go ahead with it?

I'm sorry not to be able to help more. If you have further questions, do feel free to contact us directly via email using our Contact form.

Best wishes,


Stem Cell treatment for Type 1 diabetes.

Can the stem cell treatment help me as I am type 1 diabetice since feb 1995 and have other medical conditions. I have extreem high and low blood sugars? I have tried the insulin pump, with not much success. I was born in scotland and although I live in toronto canada, I am still a british citizen. Would this treatment be available to me and what would be the cost? There is no type of treatment like this available here in toronto canada and ia m desperate to fix this as it is causing serious problems. If this would be avaiable to me it would be the answer to my prayers. Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated as well as more information. How would I contact you for this info and treatment? Thank you so much for your time and I hope to hear from you.

Your enquiry about diabetes treatments

Hi Margaret,

Thanks for your message, I'm really sorry to hear you are affected by diabetes. We have some quite detailled information about current stem cell research in our fact sheet here: Type 1 diabetes: how could stem cells help? You can also find a good summary of ''What diseases and conditions can be treated with stem cells?' in our FAQ section. You can read it here:

Stem cell therapies are generally at an early stage of development and more research is needed before treatments for diabetes can be developed and made available. I'm afraid we are not able to offer any advice on specific treatments or clinics, but we do recommend that you discuss any treatment you are considering with your doctor.

If you have further questions, do feel free to contact us via email using our contact form available here: Contact

I hope the above links to further information are useful for you.

With best wishes,


My wife has ms and osteo

My wife has ms and osteo arthritis is wheel chair bound , this is amazing news that as a couple with jus barley enough money to get buy that there is hope for her, we despratly need treatment with stem cell . i know we cant affford the money to go to america to help her but god i hope it comes to scotland with a smaller price so i can offer her a better quality in life please lets make treatment about helping others and not about money

Your comment about your wife and ms

Hi. Thanks for your comment, I'm really sorry to hear of your wife's illness. Many researchers around the world are working hard to try to develop new treatments for MS and osteoarthritis as you know. However, proven, safe and effective treatments have not yet been developed. You might find our information about stem cell research and MS useful. Read the fact sheet here.

I hope this helps. If you have further questions, do get in touch by email using your Contact form.

Best wishes to you and your wife,


Mesenchymal stem cells

I am severely disabled by rheumatoid arthritis with raised IL6 which indicates caused by infection. I have virtually no quality of life . I wish to undergo preferably 'autologous ' mesenchymal stem cell therapy as soon as possible. I need guidance in choosing an authentic clinic, wherever it may be in the world, and to be sure which is the most successful derived mesenchymal stem cells ie bone marrow, fat and blood. Embryonic derived stem cells may be more effective and continue to work in the body but may carry greater risks. If you can can not help with this information. I would be grateful if you knew who could Pamela

Mesenchymal stem cells

Dear Pamela,

thanks for getting in touch. I'm sorry to hear about your condition.

You asked about mesenchymal stem cell therapy. If you haven't already seen it, our fact sheet on mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) gives an overview of the status of research in this field. Following is an extract from this fact sheet:

Research into therapies using MSCs is still in its infancy. A great deal more work is needed before such therapies can be used routinely in patients. Questions remain about how the cells can be controlled, how they will behave when transplanted into the body, how they can be delivered to the right place so that they work effectively and so forth. By studying how these cells work and interact within the body, researchers hope to develop safe and effective new treatments in the future. Read more.

I would also recommend that you take a look at the website A Closer Look at Stem Cell Treatments, by the International Society for Stem Cell Research. The site includes information and advice to help you assess the reliability of any treatment offers you may receive.

If you have further questions, please get in touch using our contact form and we'll do our best to help with further information by email.

Best wishes,


Great post, thanks to the

Great post, thanks to the author.

ms my wife needs help

my wife has ms and osteo arthritis is wheel chair bound , this is amazing news that as a couple with jus barley enough money to get buy that there is hope for her, we despratly need treatment with stem cell . i know we cant affford the money to go to america to help her but god i hope it comes to scotland with a smaller price so i can offer her a better quality in life please lets make treatment about helping others and not about money regards john

Your comment about your wife's MS

Hi John. Many thanks for your comment. I'm sorry to hear of your wife's illness. If you haven't already seen it, you may find our fact sheet about MS and stem cell research helpful: . I have also sent you a more detailled reply by email. Best wishes, Emma.

Stem cell treatment for diabetes

Hi My Doctor today from Northern Ireland as said to me that she will be contacting a doctor in Edinburgh about me receiving stem cell treatment..I'm 37 and have type 1 Diabetes nearly 4 yrs and with no success with various treatment's i'm still badly controlled and feels this is the best option for me to take..I was in a bit of shock and didn't take much of this in today and trying to research it tonight and found this page and was wondering could you answer some of my question's?? :) Q1.Does it Q2.How does the procedure be done? ie.operation or other method? Q3.How long does it take? it done over a period of time? Q4.Does it have to be done again year's done the line? My mind has gone if you know a web site i can find more info on would be fantastic?? Thank you for you time and hope to hear from you soon :) 

have you seen our fact sheet on Type 1 diabetes and stem cells?

Thanks for your comment. I have replied in more detail by email. EuroStemCell is not able to offer advice on specific treatments or clinics, and we do recommend that you discuss any possible treatments with your doctor in the first instance.

Wishing you all the very best!


I had an MS for more than 10 years, and there always was a stories about stem cell... and so on, but really in those years nothing happening in therapy...doctors talk, talk, and talk ....but they even could't find the reason why people get MS,m and this is in technological age...sorry , but I am tired with this empty hopes and research, research and research...

Clinical research takes a long time...

Hi and thanks for your comment. The progress of research can, understandably, seem very slow and frustrating to patients like yourself who are waiting for a new treatment. The time it takes to make progress is important to make sure any treatments developed are safe and will really be beneficial to patients. There are many scientists working on understanding MS, studying stem cells and trying to develop new treatments and they are gaining new knowledge all the time, but it is of course a complex process. You might find the booklet Stem Cell Therapies in MS useful: it was produced by a large international group of scientists working in this area and gives an overview of current research and progress. You may also be interested to read more about the process of developing a new treatment in the graphic novel Hope beyond Hype. If you have further questions after that, you can get in touch with us directly using our Contact form.

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