A new scientific technology has proven successful in allowing patients’ own modified cells to treat Crohn’s disease.
Crohn's is a disease that causes extensive pain in the abdominal area, and patients are at an increased risk of other diseases and cancer. Currently, it is not curable.
But after extensive research and observation of patients' white bloods cells, researchers have discovered a cell therapy that takes patients’ cells and grows them in a special culture where they can grow like healthy cells. Doctors can then reintroduce the healthy cells back into the patients through intravenous infusion, thereby combatting the effects of Crohn's.
Lead professor Graham Lord says that “This is the next frontier in cell therapy, as we’re going beyond treating the symptoms of Crohn’s disease, and trying to reset the immune system to address the condition.”
This progress encourages hope not only for a cure for Crohn’s disease but also other autoimmune diseases.