|Year : 2016 | Volume
| Issue : 5 | Page : 1101
Cell therapy for neurological disorders
Sunil K Pandya
Neurosurgeon, Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
|Date of Web Publication||12-Sep-2016|
Sunil K Pandya
Neurosurgeon, Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Pandya SK. Cell therapy for neurological disorders. Neurol India 2016;64:1101
It is heartening to read Dr. Prakash Tandon and Dr. Pankaj Seth come out with their review of the use of stem cells in the treatment of neurological disorders. A glaring deficiency in the section entitled 'Extent of misuse' is the omission of any reference to the several malpractices prevalent in India.
The respect in which Dr. Tandon is held will ensure study of this paper. With some luck, it may also stimulate corrective action. Such a review in our premier neurology journal was long overdue. Fortunes have been made in India by a few claiming to cure a variety of neurological diseases and the consequences of spinal cord injuries using stem cells. These were highlighted in 2008 in India  and abroad but to little effect.
I have been given to understand that there is no agency in India that can monitor such practices, much less penalize those indulging in them. In the process, innumerable individuals and families of modest or poor means have been impoverished in their quest for some improvement in an afflicted loved one. This is especially true after the sudden emotional shock from a spinal injury that has rendered a young person paraplegic.
May I plead that NEUROLOGY INDIA and the Neurological Society of India pursue the cause of these individuals and families and ensure that all those offering hope on unscientific grounds be put out of business? I use the last words advisedly.
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Tandon PN, Seth P. Cell therapy for neurological disorders: The elusive goal. Neurology India 2016;64:612-23.
Pandya SK. Stem cell transplantation in India: Tall claims, questionable ethics. Indian J Med Ethics 2008;5:15-7.