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We know your body’s capacity to repair itself, we see it on a daily basis. Our goal is to alleviate your pain, improve your joint function and get you to a point where you can either delay or completely avoid the need for joint replacement.

We have so much to tell you but, we will keep this one short. Get to know Macquarie Stem Cells and understand how we started as the very first clinic to ever perform this treatment for osteoarthritis in Australia.

There is a reason why we are the longest operational clinic and why we have treated more patients compared to anyone else in Australia.

Read our story just below.

Our Story...

After 20 years in general and cosmetic medicine, in 2004 Dr Ralph Bright encountered his first experience with ‘biological medicine’. Dr. Bright performed a cosmetic fat transfer into a patients leg to improve the appearance of a split skin graft after having a cancerous growth removed. Typically, you will need to transfer the fat a few times to achieve the desired shape.

  • Upon the very first transfer  the patient felt no pain since all of the nerve endings around the skin graft had been damaged from the previous surgery.
  • With the second injection this patient said ouch, she actually felt the needle but it was no big discomfort.
  • With third injection Dr Bright had to use local anaesthetic. It turned out, all of the nerve endings had ‘somehow’ grown back.

That’s when Dr. Bright read the work of Patricia Zuk which was published in 2001.  He had come to understand, body fat actually contains numerous different cell lines that can help repair damage in your body.

Moving forward to 2008, Dr Bright was invited to teach veterinarians how to perform liposuction on dogs. This struck him as odd… Why do dogs need liposuction?
After signing a confidentiality waiver they showed Dr Bright a dog who looked perfectly healthy and commented, “just 6 months ago this dog could not get off the ground because they were riddled with arthritis”.  The veterinarians were using the dog’s own body fat to treat the dog’s arthritis.

Later, in 2008 one of Dr Bright’s patients repetitively requested “I need this treatment for my arthritis, I need you to try it”.
After a lot of research, in 2009 Dr Bright agreed to treat her. This was Dr Bright’s very first patient for this process.
In fact it was the very first patient to ever receive treatment for their osteoarthritis using their own body fat in Australia.

That patient responded phenomenally well, so we treated a series of 6 patients and published these results in the medical journals.  These results prompted Dr. Bright to start the new medical company we got to know as ‘Macquarie Stem Cells’.

Fast forward 10 years, Macquarie Stem Cells now has multiple doctors, nurses, cell biologists, cell technicians, consultants with a team of allied health professionals. Our results are significantly better, with higher success rates for our patients receiving treatment. We also perform a significant amount of research using our own private funding, including an upcoming placebo controlled clinical trial.

That’s the thing about medicine and innovation, it’s scary and it’s risky… but, at the end of the day someone has to get up and lead the way. This is our way of giving back to the community.



Our aim is to provide a range of biological treatments in Sydney that alleviates any pain and discomfort you may experience on a day-to-day basis. As one of the leading biological treatment clinics around, Macquarie Stem Cells can help patients suffering from early stages of arthritis or even chronic osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis can be a very complex condition. It is not as black and white as repairing cartilage and expecting improvements in your pain levels. When patients suffer from osteoarthritis, the cartilage begins to thin and this leads to inflammation in your joints. As the inflammation continues your synovial fluid can become affected, as well as the surrounding structures of the joints such as the muscles, tendons, ligaments & blood vessels.

We have been working with many professionals and we understand the whole approach to treating and managing osteoarthritis. After you proceed with one of the range of treatments offered by us, you will need to rebuild lost strength and regain the flexibility of your joints once your arthritis pain improves. We will guide you through this process.

Please learn more by clicking through to the osteoarthritis treatment page by Macquarie Stem Cells.

Nerve Pain

Nerve pain can occur for patients who suffer from osteoarthritis, it is actually quite common since your joints are full of nerves that become inflamed. Once inflamed the nerves may continue to generate pain signals by themselves and not be a sign of new damage in the joint. This is typically felt as pain at rest for example when you are in bed resting with no weight on the joint. Biological treatment options offered by Macquarie Stem Cells can repair the inflammation surrounding these nerve cells. In cases where the nerve cells have taken damage, this treatment can promote repairs and growth of new nerve cells. This allows the nerves to return to normal function and alleviate the neuropathic pain (nerve pain).

To understand more about nerve pain, please click through to this link.

Tears or Damage to Muscles, Tendons, Ligaments & Cartilage

As arthritis settles into your joints, the supporting structures become weaker, your muscles, tendons, ligaments and cartilage can go through the process of degeneration as well. It can be very common for you to suffer partial or complete tears from having degenerative osteoarthritis, not just sports or high impact sports injuries. We understand your body naturally looks to repair any form of damage, however in certain cases it may only be able to do so with scar tissue. Treatments by Macquarie Stem Cells may be able to repair that damage without creating scar tissue. For pre-existing tears where there may be existing scar tissue formation, one of the treatments by Macquarie Stem Cells can soften the scar tissue formation and allow for a better range of motion, whilst reducing the risk of a re-occurring tear adjacent to the existing tear.

To understand more about treatment that applies to tears, please click through to this link.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

It’s important to note we do not treat rheumatoid arthritis as a standalone issue. However, it is quite common for patients who suffer from osteoarthritis to also have rheumatoid arthritis as a comorbidity. In the past we have treated patients whom suffer from osteoarthritis as well as rheumatoid arthritis, and we have noticed patterns where the patients immune system is able to enter into a period of remission, also known as ‘tolerogenesis’. Once the immune system attack has settled, this treatment will target the inflamed arthritic joints and start repairs in these areas, thus providing improvements to your pain levels as well as function of the joint.
At Macquarie Stem Cells, we have observed the CRP and RF levels of these patients blood test results and we have been able to confirm positive changes to inflammation and immune activity within your body.

Macquarie Stem Cells has provided the information above  so consumers can understand the services we provide. We don’t aim to encourage consumers to seek out such treatments prior to an assessment by a health professional to determine your suitability for treatment.  We aim to provide you with an unbiased range of treatments that are available aside from biological therapy, this is discussed in ‘supporting information>other-options’  page on our website.

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