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EPN 2018

Haruo Shintaku

Haruo Shintaku, Speaker at Pediatrics Conferences
Osaka City University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan
Title : Regenerative therapy in neonates with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy


Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) is considered to be a major cause of cerebral palsy (CP) in neonates with moderate or severe asphyxia. To date, therapeutic hypothermia (TH) has been the only effective treatment for HIE to prevent the development of CP. However, even if infants are treated with hypothermia, nearly half of them die or left with moderate to severe neurological impairments as yet. A recent publication in the United States, indicated benefits of autologous umbilical cord blood stem cell transplantation combined with TH for HIE, drawing attention to cell therapy for perinatal brain injury. Regenerative medicine by umbilical cord blood stem cells (UC-BSCs) or UC mesenchymal stromal cells (UC-MSCs) which combines the action of suppressing early inflammation and the action of promoting regeneration is expected as a remarkable excellent therapeutic method as a treatment for HIE. UCBSCs was collected aseptically and prepared by using SEPAX which need more than 40ml of UC blood. UC-MSCs were collected aseptically and isolated from UC, and cryopreserved after culture. Infants admitted to the NICU of 6 hospitals in our research group will be eligible if they are ≥36 weeks’ gestational age and birth weight ≥1800 g with HIE and meet the cooling criteria. UCBSCs therapy for neonatal HIE in addition to TH was performed in 6 newborn patients. All of them have discharged NICU without support of ventilator and survived from 9 months to 3 years. UC-MSCs have been defined and characterized as follows; (1) abundant sources and ease of collection, storage, and transport; (2) low immunogenicity with significant immunosuppressive ability. Autologous UCBSCs for newborn HIE is safe and feasible, and warrants a larger and controlled phase II study. UC-MSCs therapy will give the possibility of treatment to patients who could not get UC blood.


Haruo Shintaku completed his Medicine, in 1982. He worked for Osaka City University Hospital from 1982-1985. From 1985-1986, he went abroad to Switzerland and worked for Zurich University as a research fellow. Since 1988, he became the assistant of department of pediatrics, Osaka City University and became the assistant professor in 1994, the associated professor in 1999, the chief professor in 2010 of department of pediatrics, Osaka City University graduate school of medicine. From 2018, he became the program-specific professor, donated course Disability medicine and regenerative medicine in Osaka City University Graduate School of Medicine.