UC Davis Veterinary Clinical Trials

Using stem cells to help cats with gingivostomatitis after having received a full dental extraction

Help us treat cats with gingivostomatitis!

Feline chronic gingivostomatitis (FCGS) is a painful disease in cats that needs medical or surgical treatments. A stem cell therapy where stem cells are taken from fat tissue is a new potential therapy for chronic inflammatory diseases. This cell therapy MAY help to correct abnormalities that may be involved with stomatitis in cats. Moreover, stem cells may help in regenerating damaged tissues. In this study, we will evaluate the effectiveness of using stem cells to treat cats with gingivostomatitis that have had full or near-full mouth extractions.

Stem Cell Study

Comparing How Stem Cells are Given to Horses with Laminitis

Help us understand more about stem cell therapy administration to horses with laminitis!

Degenerative disorders of the equine foot, such as laminitis are a major cause of foot lameness in horses. Unfortunately, laminitis is not only a devastating and expensive disease to treat, but there is also no true cure for the disease. Stem cell therapy is currently being examined at as a potential treatment for laminitis based on the ability of stem cells to replicate themselves, regenerate tissue, and repair damaged tissue. The purpose of this study is to assess the best administration method for mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). The clinical use of stem cells is still in its early stages, and determination of the ideal route to administer these cells in horses affected by laminitis is worth further investigation.

Stem Cell Study

Assessing a Stem Cell Therapy for Intra-articular Lesions in Horses

Help us find a treatment for intra-articular lesions in horses using stem cells!

Intra articular disorders in horses remain as a major source of lameness and decrease performance. Conventional treatments are often long and expensive with less than optimal results and failure to return to a previous level of performance in the majority of cases. When intra articular lesions heal, scar tissue cannot be as functional as the original tissues, therefore the development of methods for regenerating tissue is our goal for an efficacious treatment. The purpose of this study is to assess stem cell therapy as a potential treatment for intra-articular lesions. The clinical use of stem cells is still in its early stages, and determination of the ideal dose to administer these cells is worth further investigation.

Stem Cell Study

Assessing a Stem Cell Therapy for Tendonitis and Desmitis in Horses

Help us find a treatment for tendonitis and desmitis in horses using stem cells!

Tendon and ligament injuries are a common cause of lameness in horses frequently associated with high expenses and failure to return to a previous level of performance. Conventional treatment regimens have various outcomes and mostly result in the formation of non-elastic scar tissue which plays a major role in the high incidence of recurrence. Scar tissue cannot be as functional as tendon and ligament tissue and the goal for an efficacious treatment is therefore the development of methods of regenerating the tissue and lessening the amount of scar tissue formation. The purpose of this study is to assess mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) therapy as a potential treatment for tendonitis and desmitis. The clinical use of stem cells is still in its early stages, and determination of the ideal dose to administer these cells is worth further investigation.

Stem Cell Study

Assessing a Stem Cell Therapy for Tendon and Ligament Injuries in Horses

Help us find a treatment for tendon and ligament injuries in horses using stem cells!

Tendon and ligament injuries are a common cause of lameness in horses frequently associated with high expenses and failure to return to a previous level of performance. Conventional treatment regimens have various outcomes and mostly result in the formation of non-elastic scar tissue which plays a major role in the high incidence of recurrence. Scar tissue cannot be as functional as tendon and ligament tissue and the goal for an efficacious treatment is therefore the development of methods of regenerating the tissue and lessening the amount of scar tissue formation. The purpose of this study is to assess stem cell therapy as a potential treatment for tendon and ligament injuries. The clinical use of stem cells is still in its early stages, and determination of the ideal dose to administer these cells is worth further investigation.

Stem Cell Study

Assessing a Stem Cell Therapy for Spina Bifida in English Bulldog Puppies

Help us find a treatment for spina bifida in dogs using stem cells!

Spina bifida (SB) occurs due to malformation of the spinal cord and/or vertebrae during pregnancy. It markedly affects the quality of a dog’s life. They have difficulties walking, or cannot walk at all, and are incontinent, predisposing them to repeated skin and urinary tract infections. As such, they do not make good pets for people and most often they are euthanized at a young age. The purpose of this study is to assess the efficacy of a novel stem cell therapy for spina bifida in English Bulldogs and compare the effects of reparative surgery alone to surgery plus a gel matrix and stem cell therapy for these dogs. Normal, healthy English Bulldogs will also be enrolled. Information collected from these dogs will be compared to the bulldogs with spina bifida to give us information on what the normal bulldog spine looks like and how the bulldog breed normally moves. With this information we can get a better sense of how well our treatment works in bulldogs who have spina bifida.

Other - Stem Cells
Any, age Less than 10 weeks of age

Assessing a Stem Cell Therapy for Inflammatory Brain Disease in Dogs

Help us find a treatment for inflammatory brain disease in dogs using stem cells!

Inflammatory central nervous system disease is a severe inflammatory disease in dogs, which can cause severe disease in the brain and spinal cord, causing dogs to become very sick. None of the current treatments are ideal, predictable and without possible complications. In recent years, stem cells have shown some promise as a potential treatment option for chronic inflammatory diseases, therefore, the purpose of this study is to assess the efficacy of stem cell therapy on dogs with inflammatory brain disease.

Other - Stem Cells
Any, age None specified

Stem cell therapy for gingivostomatitis in cats before a full-mouth teeth extraction

Help us find a treatment for feline gingivostomatitis using stem cells!

Feline chronic gingivostomatitis (FCGS) is a painful disease in cats that needs medical or surgical treatments. A stem cell therapy where stem cells are taken from fat tissue is a new potential therapy for chronic inflammatory diseases. This cell therapy MAY help to correct abnormalities that may be involved with stomatitis in cats. Moreover, stem cells may help in regenerating damaged tissues. In this study, we will do an early intervention using stem cells to treat cats with gingivostomatitis before full-mouth extractions (but after periodontal treatment and extractions of selected teeth affected by periodontal disease) and that have a poor quality of life.

Stem Cell Study