Save the Cord Foundation at University of Arizona Collaborator Fair
Save the Cord Foundation is always on the road connecting with families, medical professionals and members of the cord blood research community. We recently attended a remarkable event at the University of Arizona called the Collaborator Fair.
The concept of this fair was simple:
“. . . to catalyze partnerships and provide information about collaborative support across the Phoenix Metropolitan region.” (source: http://eepurl.com/bvvlVH )
Researchers, clinicians, funders and foundations were welcomed under one roof to learn and share from each other. We were encouraged to connect on multiple levels with an emphasis on making innovation in Arizona our #1 priority.
Some of the key topics discussed included:
- Molecular and Cellular Biology
- Pathology and Diagnostics
- Pharmacology and Therapeutics
- Preclinical and Clinical Trials
- Public Health and Prevention
In particular, Jennifer Botsford, Program Manager of the Arizona Biomedical Research Commission, gave a great presentation about the work the commission is doing within the state and, in particular, spoke about the incredible success of our public cord blood program. This program is a perfect example of how both public and private collaborators are needed to ensure the success of public cord blood donation programs. Indeed, this particular program is built on partnerships with groups both in Arizona and out crossing both public and private barriers.
This is what makes the great state of AZ so special! It’s all about research and networking. Kristen Wilt from TMC and Charis Ober, STCF had the opportunity to hear global, cutting edge researchers talk about their projects, discoveries and then network with other event participants to connect and collaborate at this amazing event. Kristen and Charis spoke to many attendees about saving cord blood and the AZ Public Cord Blood Program. The AZ Public Cord Blood Program has now had 22 life saving units of cord blood go to transplant around the world to treat some of the 80 life threatening diseases such as sickle cell anemia and leukemia..