BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JUNE 2ND, 2016 (PRESS SEC) – D. Eugene Redmond Jr., MD has spoken out in support of the regenerative medicine project, in his capacity as President of the St. Kitts Biomedical Research Foundation. The Foundation is providing scientific advice to the government-approved private regenerative research project involving the use of plasma-based infusion therapies, which are being administered to a limited number of overseas patients by licensed local hospital staff.
As a longtime distinguished professor at one of the most well regarded universities in the world, Yale University, with joint appointments in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurosurgery, Dr. Redmond is known internationally as an acclaimed scientific researcher and the leader in the field of cellular repair in the nervous system for Parkinson’s disease.
Therefore, it was significant when Dr. Redmond unreservedly endorsed recent advances in medical tourism in St. Kitts and Nevis, with the release of a statement on June 29th, 2016. Regrettably, over the past two weeks, members and supporters of the Opposition have treated these medical advances as a political football, using them as a scapegoat to drum up calls for the resignation of not only the two Health Ministers, but also the Prime Minister.
“Unfortunately, the initial treatments of a potential therapy for a number of diseases generated a media controversy based on false and inaccurate information,” Dr. Redmond said, adding: “First, this treatment did not involve stem cells whatsoever. The fact that it has become a ‘stem cell controversy’ is a controversy based on total misinformation. Second, because a foreign expert was brought in to advise on the experiment, a claim was made that an unlicensed doctor was practicing in the Federation. The Brazilian doctor in question did not treat any person; all treatments were administered by licensed local hospital staff. Finally, claims have been made about the dangers of the treatments and possible risks to people in St. Kitts. Although every therapy may carry some risks, this one has extremely low risks to the participants and no risks whatsoever to any other person, medical personnel, or the hospital.”
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