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Stem Cells and Parkinson’s Disease: The Facts

Ms Francine Carew-Jones, Prof Glenda Halliday, Prof Cynthia Shannon Weickert, and Assoc Prof Kay Double Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute

Stem cells and their potential for the treatment of a wide variety of medical conditions, including Parkinson’s disease (PD), are often in the news. Yet many people are unsure what the term “stem cell” refers to, nor whether stem cells might offer new treatment methods for PD. In this brief article we will describe in simple terms what constitutes a stem cell and the potential of stem cells for new PD treatments.