A question that I am frequently asked is, “How do you find a stem cell clinical trial?”
The short answer is, go to ClinicalTrials.gov and search for a stem cell clinical trial specific to your condition.
There are three steps:
- Go to ClinicalTrials.gov
- Search by the phrase “stem cells”
- Identify a clinical trial specific to your medical condition
Below, I go into more depth on how to approach this process.
What is the Clinical Trial Tool, ClinicalTrials.gov?
ClinicalTrials.gov is website maintained by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) that is a “registry and results database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants from around the world.”
It is a phenomenal resource for finding for stem cell trial matched to your needs, because it contains approximately three-quarters of registered cell therapy trials worldwide.
However, it does not include all clinical trials worldwide, including some which may be listed on international registries. It is a fairly comprehensive, but not a complete, database of registered clinical trials.
Top 5 Tools for Finding a Stem Cell Trial
Other excellent registries that can be used to further your research for stem cell clinical trials worldwide are the European Union Clinical Trials Register and the Chinese Clinical Trial Registry (ChiCTR).
Canada also maintains a Clinical Trial Database that is sortable by various criteria, including medical condition. Finally, the World Health Organization (WHO) has an International Cinical Trials Registry Platform.
While there are a few other resources that you could use to search for clinical trials in other regions, I would not recommend them over the ones above. They lack the funding and continuous maintainance to be as thorough as the ones suggested above.
In my opinion, ClinicalTrials.gov is the ultimate place to find a stem cell clinical trial to match your medical needs, because of its size and continuous funding support from the U.S. government.
Having said that, here are the top 5 tools you can use to search for a stem cell trial, allowing you to find options in any region of the world.
Top 5 Tools for a Clinical Trial Search
- European Union Clinical Trials Register
- Chinese Clinical Trial Registry (ChiCTR)
- Canada’s Clinical Trial Database
- International Cinical Trials Registry Platform, by WHO
Current Landscape for Stem Cell Clinical Trials
Currently, 5561 clinical trials are found when the term “stem cells” is searched on ClinicalTrials.gov, indicating that there are thousands of stem cell trials worldwide that are recruiting patients or now underway. (Search executed November 7, 2016.)
Below is a map showing the location of current stem cell clinical trials.
Clearly, North America (3057 trials) and Europe (1288 trials) are “hotspots” for stem cell clinical trial activity.
Among the North American trials, nearly all of them (2938) of them are occurring in the United States (2935).
The next most active region is East Asia, with has 611 stem cell clinical trials.
Below is a summary of stem cell trial activity, broken down by region of the world.
Stem Cell Clinical Trial Activity, by Geographic Region
- North America – 3057 Trials
- Europe – 1288 Trials
- East Asia – 611 Trials
- Rest-of-World – 605 Trials
Searching for Your Stem Cell Trial, by Medical Condition
For your convenience, I have also provided links for common medical condition to help you find a stem cell clinical trial that matches your medical condition.
- Blood and Lymph Conditions
- Cancers and Other Neoplasms
- Eye Diseases
- Gland and Hormone Related Diseases
- Heart and Blood Diseases
- Immune System Diseases
- Muscle, Bone, and Cartilage Diseases
- Nervous System Diseases
- Nutritional and Metabolic Diseases
- Respiratory Tract (Lung and Bronchial) Diseases
- Skin and Connective Tissue Diseases
- Viral Diseases
- Wounds and Injuries
Go Forth and Find Your Stem Cell Trial
As a supporter of regenerative medicine, I wish you the best of luck with your search for a stem cell clinical trial. The good news is that there is a lot of funding supporting cell-based trials.
Are you trying to understand how stem cells could help you? Are you wondering if you condition might be treatable with stem cell therapy? If so, it is imperative that you understand the basics of stem cells.
Before you can assess whether they can help you or if they could hurt you, you need to under what a stem cell is, the different stem cell types, how they are used medically, and potential risks associated with stem cell treatment. Educate yourself with our Stem Cell Fact Sheet.