Survey of parents' interest in stem cell therapy to treat CP and autism launched

February 13, 2015

NeuroDevNet's Neuroethics research group is surveying parent interest in stem cell treatment for their children with cerebral palsy and autism.

Project Lead Dr. Nina Di Pietro, based at the University of British Columbia, is also seeking to understand where parents obtain their information in the course of finding out about this treatment option, which must be pursued at considerable risk and expense overseas due to lack of availibilty in Canada.

Interactions with stakeholders, particularly occupational therapists, first brought the issue to the awareness of the neuroethics research group, according to Dr. Di Pietro.

The survey is open until March 13, 2015 and it should take about 10 minutes to complete.

Interested in participating?  If you receive an error after clicking on the embedded link, please copy and paste the entire link into your browser’s web address bar and press enter.

Questions about the survey? Please contact project leader Dr. Nina Di Pietro at or 604-822-0748.

Image left: A student at work in the wet lab, one of the settings where Dr. Michael Fehlings, NeuroDevNet investigator, conducts stem cell studies in cerebral palsy.