Cuban and US specialists to discuss use of stem cells
HAVANA, Cuba, Apr 18 (ACN) Scientists from Cuba and the US will exchange experiences on the use of stem cells in the treatment of multiple sclerosis during the second edition of an event on this subject, based in Havana on May 4 and 5.
Experts from universities and hospitals in Cleveland (Ohio), Texas, Minnesota, including the Baylor College of Medicine (Texas), will travel to the Caribbean nation to meet with Cuban colleagues at the International Neurological Restoration Center (CIREN by its Spanish acronym).
During the 2nd CIREN-USA Clinical-Scientific Exchange on Multiple Sclerosis, specialists will discuss novelties in the diagnostic techniques and stem cell therapy in the treatment of multiple sclerosis, event organizers told ACN.
In Cuba, stem cell treatment is still in the research phase and is not applied to patients, hence the importance of the bilateral meeting to "directly asses and know the experiences of these techniques" in USA for its future application on the island.
The first edition of this event was held in 2016, with a positive balance for both countries "because of the value of the exchange and recognition of the high professional level of the specialists who attended it", says the note.
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic disease of the central nervous system and its prevalence is increasing, with a presence in one in 500 people.
The most affected ones are young adults, aged between 18 and 35, most frequently women.
This type of bilateral meetings is part of the diplomatic thaw between Cuba and the United States, which began in December 2014 after more than half a century of enmity.
Since then, Washington and Havana have signed agreements for bilateral cooperation in a number of areas, including health and medicine, which has been given more impetus since the new standardization process was launched after the re-establishment of relations in July 2015.
On April 6, specialists from Cuba and the United States held the first meeting on advanced ultrasound in Havana, attended by 12 experts from the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) and 8 from the Inter-American Association of Echocardiography (ECOSIAC).
321 Cuban delegates, representing 90 percent of the professionals of that specialty in the Caribbean island, also attended the event.