Stem Cell Therapy for Autism in Malaysia: Cost and Clinical Trials 2020

Stem cell therapy for autism in Malaysia is an ongoing topic of research and is considered experimental by the medical community. Parents can find fee-for-service clinics that advertise stem cell therapy for autism, but most of these clinics promote their own approach, which creates a lot of confusion among parents about how to compare their treatment options.

There are various stem cell products in the Malaysian market. However, not all of the products contain 'live' stem cells. For stem cells to stay alive, it must be stored in a 'liquid nitrogen storage'. For live stem cells to reach the target organ, it needs to be administered intra-venously or intra-muscularly. Stem cells that are taken by the oral route will be digested and broken down in the stomach.

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Stem Cell Therapy for Autism Research Update

Stem cell therapy for autism is an ongoing topic of research and is considered experimental by the medical community.

According to the list of cord blood releases by the Cordlife Group, more than 10 cases were used for Autism Spectrum Disorders in Malaysia and Singapore.

Clinical trials have been performed to demonstrate safety and efficacy of stem cells autism management:

Dawson G, Sun JM, Davlantis KS, et al. Autologous cord blood infusions are safe and feasible in young children with autism spectrum disorder: results of a single-center Phase I open-label trial. Stem Cells Transl Med. 2017;6(5):1332–1339. [PMC free article]

A group of Chinese researchers (2013) transplanted 1 million /kg UC-MSCs (umbilical cord - mesenchymal stem cells) together with 2 million /kg cord blood (CB) MNCs (mononuclear cells), and 2 million /kg of CB-MNCs to patients with autism (n = 14 and n = 9, respectively) via IV and intrathecal routes.They reported improved Childhood Autism Rating Scale, Clinical Global Impression scale and Aberrant Behavior Checklist scores in both cell therapy groups compared with the control (n = 14), and there were no associated severe adverse effects.

Sharma A, Gokulchandran N, Sane H, et al. Autologous bone marrow mononuclear cell therapy for autism: an open label proof of concept study. Stem Cells Int. 2013;2013:623875. [PMC free article]

The list below is a summary of stem cell clinical trials for autism so far, restricted only to trials in North America and to trials using either cord blood Mono Nuclear Cells (abbreviated CB-MNC) or cord tissue Mesenchymal Stromal Cells (abbreviated UC-MSC).

Autologous Cord Blood Stem Cells for Autism
Cell Type and source: Own CB-MNC 
Cell dose (millions): 16 M/kg

Allogeneic Umbilical Cord Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy for Autism
Cell Type and source: Donor UC-MSC
Cell dose (millions): 0.5M/kg - 1M/kg

hCT-MSCs for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) (hCT-MSCs)
Cell Type and source: Donor UC-MSC
Cell dose (millions): 2M/kg - 6M/kg
hCT-MSCs are a product of allogeneic cells manufactured from digested umbilical cord tissue that is expanded in culture, cryopreserved and banked.


Stem Cell Therapy Cost for Autism in Malaysia 

As a guide, the cost of mesenchymal stem cells in Malaysia may cost from RM 50,000 to RM 80,000 (USD 14,300) for 100 million cells. The total cost will vary depending on the number of cells used, no. of sessions, laboratory investigations, facilities and the doctors' fee.


Best Stem Cell Therapy Clinics in Malaysia

There are many stem cell clinics out there and it may not be easy to select the right one. That's one of the reasons why we have filtered and shortlisted and selected a few stem cell clinics in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for you to choose. The stem cell clinics are based on Google Search Results, reviews and information available on blogs and forums.

Disclaimer: The stem cell clinics have been arranged in no particular order.

1) ARC Medical Group -  Contact Clinic 

ARC (Advanced Regenerative Centre) medical group has 2 branches in Klang Valley.


ARC Medical Wellness - Mid Valley Branch
31-11, Penthouse Signature Office Suite, The Boulevard, Mid Valley City,
Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

WhatsApp: +60 12 - 299 8845

ARC Wellness - Pantai Hospital Branch
Lot 3, Block A, Pantai Hospital (Bangsar), Jalan Bukit Pantai, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


2) Cell Therapy Centre - UKM Medical Centre (UKM Stem Cell)

Address: 12th Floor, Clinical Block, Bandar Tun Razak, 56000 Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Cell Therapy Center is one of the Center of Excellence in UKM Medical Centre (UKMMC) which provides cell-based therapy including hematopoietic stem cells, lymphocytes, dendritic cells, mesenchymal stem cells and mononuclear cells to patients with blood cancers, bone marrow diseases and degenerative diseases. The Cell Therapy Centre has the aspiration to be among the world leaders in research and development (R&D) of cancer immunotherapy and regenerative medicine.


3) Stem Cell Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur

Address: No. A413, 4th Floor, Block A, 8, Jalan Bukit Pantai 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Dr Malinee A. Thambyayah - Pediatric Neurologist
MBBS (Delhi), DCH (Lon & Glas), MRCP (UK & Ire), FRCP (Glas)

Her interests and subspecialties include Integrative Rehabilitation for Brain Injury Using Stem Cells, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), Nutritional Medicine and biomedical treatment in autism.



With 3 branches in Klang Valley, 2 in Kuala Lumpur and one in Petaling Jaya.

Beverly Wilshire Medical Centre - HQ
Address: Level 6, 8 & 9, Kenanga Tower, No. 237 Jalan Tun Razak, 50400 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Maintain your vibrancy and vitality even as you age with medical grade stem cell therapy. Beverly Wilshire Medical Centre has a dedicated team of doctors and nurses and the ambience of a five star hotel equipped with the latest monitoring devices so you can feel assured of both safety and comfort. Our treatment includes follow-ups to ensure the best long-term outcome is achieved. Various package available, please enquire to know your best suited package.

The accumulated free radical damage that you sustain everyday increases over time and your body naturally responds with consequences of premature aging and degenerative diseases. Your body cells are attacked daily, thousands of times by these free radicals which reduce your quality of life that could be inverted with our stem cell therapy packages.


5) Celestica Life Sdn Bhd - Stem Cell Kuala Lumpur

Based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, CelesticaLife is an advanced wellness clinic specializing in preventive and regenerative medicine. Delivering personalized treatments to manage diseases and delay the onset of ageing, we aim to empower you to regain control of your health and your ageing process.

The team is deeply honored to be recognized as the ‘Best Anti-Ageing Service Provider in Asia Pacific” by the Global Health Awards in 2019. This serves as an affirmation of the patented technology and cellular treatments that the team has tirelessly worked on to give our clients nothing but the best treatments.

Complementing the wellness experience is CelesticaSpa, a health sanctuary which offers luxurious massages to improve well-­being for a holistic wellness journey.

Location: Level 5, Intercontinental Hotel, No. 165, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


6) Cell Malaysia Stem Cell Therapy

Cell Malaysia is situated in Malaysia and is a specialist centre that provides pioneering stem cell therapy techniques to patients from all over the world to help reduce the effects of the aging process.

Cell Malaysia, owned by Chamrun Health Sdn Bhd (1321092-P), was established in 2010 as a one-stop Stem Cell Therapy service provider assisting patients worldwide seeking for Stem Cell therapy through our panel of specialised doctors with years of experience in this field having treated hundreds of patients in the past decade.

Cell Malaysia operates in ReGen Rehab Hospital, their partnered medical centre that specialises in medical rehabilitation to transform care and rebuild lives. ReGen is the first private rehabilitation hospital in Malaysia to obtain a Stem Cell Therapy license from the Ministry of Health with dedicated rehabilitation gyms & facilities.

The stem cells use by Cell Malaysia are Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs), derived from the Wharton’s Jelly of the umbilical cord of a newborn baby with a high viability rate. These cells are of very high quality, processed ethically at our lab in Putrajaya, Malaysia. The MSC cells go through various layers of tests at each stage of isolation and expansion to ensure the best quality of cells.

Address

Lot 8, Jalan Bersatu, Jalan 13/4, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Reviews

4.7/5 (Google)


Cautionary Remarks 

Stem cell therapy for autism is still considered a non-standard and an experimental treatment that is under research. When a clinic gives you promises that you will see gains, and/or claims that the same stem cell therapy can cure everything, run! In real medicine, results are not guaranteed and there are no cure-alls. Be wary of advice from people who have “done their research” by watching YouTube videos. Real research is published in peer-reviewed journals, and you can search the journals via PubMed or Google Scholar. 

Please remember that this article is not a substitute for medical advice from a qualified medical doctor in Malaysia. To know more about stem cell therapy for autism in Malaysia, please feel free to contact us >
 


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