Adipose Tissue Collection for the Study of Mesenchymal Stromal Cells


About this study

The goal of this study is to collect adipose tissue from healthy and disease patients to understand the biology and potential therapeutic use of mesenchymal stem cells. Adipose collection occurs under local anesthesia with an abdominal biopsy that collects about two grams of fat. The fat is used to isolate and grow mesenchymal stem cells. These function of these cells will be tested for their therapeutic potential.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Healthy donor, or a donor with a specified disease condition
  2. Age ≥18 years
  3. Full understanding of the requirements of the study and willingness to comply
  4. Females of childbearing potential must have a negative pregnancy test prior to the adipose tissue collection
  5. Can provide written informed consent and complete HIPAA documentation after the nature of the study is fully explained and prior to any study-related procedure

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Active infection
  2. Any evidence or expectation of abnormal wound healing
  3. Taking anticoagulant medications (significant amounts)
  4. Any illness or condition which in the judgement of the investigator, or the donor’s physician, will compromise patient safety
  5. Pregnant or nursing females

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Allan Dietz, Ph.D.

Open for enrollment

Contact information:

Sarah Wolhart R.N.

(507) 284-5985

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