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Current Status and Perspectives of Human Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy

Call for Papers

Human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) hold tremendous potential in cell-based therapies and regenerative medicine. Utilizing hMSCs could eliminate the ethical and safety concerns related to the use of other types of stem cells, including human embryonic stem cells and human induced pluripotent stem cells. hMSCs can be isolated from various tissues, including bone marrow, fat, amniotic fluid, and umbilical cord. hMSCs are capable of differentiating into the major specialized cells of the tissue in which they resided, therefore helping to repair and regenerate damaged tissues and organs. With its regenerative and curative potential, hMSCs have been studied in numerous clinical settings, including musculoskeletal, vascular, respiratory, and cardiac diseases. Nonetheless, while the outcomes of numerous preclinical and clinical studies support the potential of hMSCs in various clinical fields, multiple challenges are yet to be addressed to achieve successful clinical translations.

In view of the growing need for hMSCs, this issue aims to discuss the recent advances on the use of hMSCs for various clinical settings, which will help us to better understand their therapeutic impact. It is also essential to understand all the steps required in developing a stem cell therapy, including bioprocessing, safety and efficacy assessment, cell administration route, and delivery strategies. This will aid in establishing the strategies to maximize the therapeutic efficacy of hMSCs. This special issue invites researchers, industrials, biomedical engineers, technologists, and healthcare professionals specialized in cell and molecular biology, regenerative medicine, and biotechnology to share their knowledge by contributing original basic and applied research articles, clinical studies, and review articles.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Mesenchymal stem cell therapy for musculoskeletal diseases
  • Mesenchymal stem cell therapy for vascular diseases
  • Mesenchymal stem cell therapy for respiratory diseases
  • Mesenchymal stem cell therapy for cardiac diseases
  • Bioprocessing of hMSCs, for example, cryopreservation, cell expansion, or cell differentiation
  • Evaluation of different delivery strategies and administration routes of hMSCs
  • Strategies to improve safety and efficacy of hMSCs

Authors can submit their manuscripts through the Manuscript Tracking System at

Submission DeadlineFriday, 25 May 2018
Publication DateOctober 2018

Papers are published upon acceptance, regardless of the Special Issue publication date.

Lead Guest Editor

  • Jane Ru Choi, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

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