Canine stem cell study underway in Klamath Falls

Klamath Falls, Ore. – A Klamath Falls veterinarian is taking part in an experimental study for the treatment of arthritis in dogs, using canine stem cells.

Dr. Doug McInnis is taking part in a clinical trial using stem cells to treat osteoarthritis in dogs.

“We’re only the second site on the west coast.”  Notes McInnis.  “So we’re getting dogs in from the Bay Area up into Washington, and Oregon for the study.”

The study uses stem cells from the umbilical cords of puppies.

“Basically, by inputting the stem cells directly into the joint, it helps to heal the joint by improving the cartilage, and bone.”  Explains Dr. McInnis.

In the trial, 3 out of 4 dogs will be treated with stem cells, while the fourth will receive a placebo.

But, those dogs will receive free treatment once the study is complete.

“We were involved in the pilot group.”  Adds McInnis.  “And saw some phenomenal results with that.”

The study could help lead to F.D.A. approval of stem cell products for other ailments.

“So there’s potential not only for the arthritis, but other things in the future.”  McInnis noted.  “And possibly even with people one day.”

14 dogs are currently enrolled in the study.

McInnis says there’s room for up to 100.  “If you are interested, we have forms here, they can contact us, or see your veterinarian – of there’s also online enrollment as well at www.actcells.com  .”

Dr. McInnis is offereing treatment at West Ridge, and East Ridge Animal Clinics in Klamath Falls.

About 600 dogs will be enrolled nationwide in the year long study.

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle's job history is quite colorful. 

He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.

"The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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