OIRM statement on Gordie Howe and experimental stem cell therapies

June 12, 2016, Toronto ON - Dr. Duncan Stewart, President and Scientific Director of the Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine has issued the following statement related to Mr. Gordie Howe and experimental stem cell therapies:

“We are saddened to hear about the recent passing of hockey legend Gordie Howe and offer condolences to his family and friends. Mr. Howe and his family were very open in speaking about the experimental stem cell therapy he received and in doing so, helped to open conversations and increase awareness of stem cell tourism. Because the therapy was not conducted as part of a research-based clinical trial, we will probably never know if the procedure or the stem cells had any affect on Mr. Howe’s health. Such unapproved therapies should be strongly questioned by any who would seek it as a treatment option. More information about stem cell tourism and what to ask can be found at closerlookatstemcells.org