First patient enrolled in stem cell therapy trial for traumatic injury

December 30, 2020

The first patient has enrolled in a Phase II clinical trial evaluating a stem cell therapy for the potential early treatment of traumatic injuries and their subsequent complications at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

The MATRICS-1 (MultiStem® Administration for Trauma Related Inflammation and Complications) study is being conducted at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), trauma is the leading cause of death for individuals under the age of 45 and the third leading cause of death in the U.S., accounting for approximately 180,000 fatalities each year. It is also a leading cause of serious disability, especially among young people and members of the military that suffer trauma.

The randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled study is led by Charles S. Cox Jr., MD, the George and Cynthia Mitchell Distinguished Chair in Neurosciences in the Department of Pediatric Surgery at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth and co-director of the Red Duke Trauma Institute at Memorial Hermann-TMC.  Read more