September 2016 Issue

Cats With Gum Disease Sought for Study

A clinical trial using their stem cells will evaluate treatment for gingivostomatitis.

Cornell is seeking cats with chronic, non-responsive gingivostomatitis for a clinical trial using stem cells. The disease causes severe, painful inflammation affecting the gums and mucosa in the mouth. The cause remains unknown. The Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service at Cornell University Hospital for Animals will use the catsí own stem cells in the research. Current treatments are less than ideal, unpredictable and associated with possible complications.

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