SHARE THE SCIENCE at AABB : “Using Cord Blood to Help the Brain” presented by Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg

SHARE THE SCIENCE at AABB : “Using Cord Blood to Help the Brain” presented by Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg

SHARE THE SCIENCE welcomes Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg for an exclusive presentation at the AABB Conference.

UPDATE: This presentation was given live at the AABB conference on October 26th. If you are interested in viewing a recording of this presentation, please send an email with your request to . All requests will be reviewed by Dr. Kurtzberg prior to release. Thank you.

Save the Cord Foundation and Mediware are pleased to announce this exclusive opportunity for those in the medical community to learn about the latest research in the cord blood industry from Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg who is one of the most well-known and respected doctors in this field. Dr. Kurtzberg will be presenting “GAME CHANGERS: Using Cord Blood to Help the Brain.”  Director of Carolinas Cord Blood Bank and CSO of Robertson Clinical and Translational Cell Therapy Program, Dr. Kurtzberg will discuss the evolution of cord blood banking and transplantation, new clinical applications for cord blood therapies and using cord blood to help the brain.

Share the Science AABB Dr Kurtzberg press release


This presentation will be given live at the AABB Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA.
Attendance will be limited.
Please register early to secure your place. 


Summary of the presentation:

Cord blood contains stem and progenitor cells of hematopoietic lineage. It has been banked and successfully used as a source of cells for hematopoietic reconstitution in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) from related and unrelated donors for more than two decades. Cord blood cells are immunologically tolerant and able to be transplanted without full HLA matching, providing increased access to transplantation for patients who lack fully matched related or unrelated donors.

HSCT, using unrelated donor umbilical cord blood, has been used to treat children with selective inborn errors of metabolism since 1995. Studies in these children have shown that cord blood cells, administered intravenously, home to and engraft in the brain. These observations led us to hypothesize that cord blood cells might also have efficacy treating patients with acquired brain injuries. Preclinical work in animal and in vitro models demonstrated that cord blood cells could decrease inflammation, phagocytize debris, promote neurogenesis, promote oligodendrocyte proliferation, induce myelination and protect neurons from hypoxic injury. Clinical studies to date have been performed to demonstrate the safety of intravenous infusions of autologous cord blood, and efficacy studies are underway in babies with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy and in young children with cerebral palsy, congenital hydrocephalus and autism. With encouraging early results and the knowledge that many patients will not have access to autologous cord blood, allogeneic studies in adults with ischemic stroke was recently initiated. The long-term goal of these studies is to develop a variety of allogeneic cord blood products that can help patients with acquired and genetic brain injuries.

  • The history and evolution of cord blood banking and transplantation;
  • The differences between public and family banks;
  • About quality measures of cord blood units; and
  • About new clinical applications for cord blood therapies.


And don’t forget. . . 

Register for FREE Share the Science Webinar with Dr. Susana GOMEZ
Susana Gomez from Anthony Nolan Foundation on Share the Science

Share the Science featuring Dr Susana Gomez from the Anthony Nolan Foundation


Join us for a much anticipated free webinar with Dr. Susana Gomez on October 15th, 2015 from 11am CST from Anthony Nolan Cell Therapy Center in the UK.  Dr. Susana Gomez, will speak about the important role that cord blood banks play in stem cell transplantation, the quality assays and standards that must be met, and the importance of the validations and qualification processes.

Since 2008, Dr. Susana G. Gomez has served as head of cord blood bank at Anthony Nolan Cell Therapy Centre (ANCTC), which is a FACT NetCord accredited facility in Nottingham (UK). She is also the designated individual (DI) for the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) license, and she has a Visiting Fellow in College of Science in Nottingham Trent University.

Dr. Gomez, who has a Ph.D. in heamatotoxicity, started her career at the Andalusian Centre for Molecular Biology and Regenerative Medicine (CABIMER). She has been involved in clinical trials and has extensive experience in mesenchymal stem cell research as well as GMP compliance.

Join us as Dr. Gomez discusses quality in cord blood banking and let’s learn how the industry can continue to achieve amazing results by maintaining a strict standards throughout.


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Save the Cord Foundation and Mediware wish to thank both Dr. Kurtzberg and Dr. Gomez for participating in our Share the Science series.

National Association of Hispanic Nurses Learns About Cord Blood

National Association of Hispanic Nurses Learns About Cord Blood

National Association of Hispanic Nurses Learns About Cord Blood at 2nd Annual Conference for Phoenix Chapter

Save the Cord Foundation recently attended the 2nd Annual Conference of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (site) in Arizona for the Phoenix Chapter where we spoke directly with both new and experienced nurses about cord blood.  In partnership with the Arizona Public Cord Blood Program, we presented a variety resources and explained the importance of cord blood preservation as it is used to treat over 80 different diseases.

Hispanic nurses association learns about cord blood

Our goal at the conference was to give the necessary tools and information to these medical professionals so that they could inform their patients correctly and in an unbiased way about cord blood and the public donation programs available to them. It was also an opportunity to clarify common misunderstandings cord blood.  In many hospitals, cord blood collection is still very new and the medical staff in those facilities are asking for better information from reliable sources such as, the state authorities and non-commercial groups such as Save the Cord Foundation.

Kristen Wilt and Wendy Barett talk about cord blood with nurses association

Kristen Wilt and Wendy Barrett talk about cord blood with National Association of Hispanic Nurses

Joining Save the Cord at this event was Kristen Wilt from the Tucson Medical Center and Wendy Barrett from Dignity Health at St. Joseph’s Hospital.  They both spoke extensively with nurses about the public cord blood donation programs at their own hospitals. Nurses were able to ask direct and technical questions about the cord blood collection process for both patient and staff. Kristen and Wendy were especially proud to remind the nurses in attendance about the amazing success of the Arizona Public Cord Blood Program despite being such a young program. Of the several thousand cord blood units collected through this program for the National Cord Blood Inventory, we are proud to say that 22 people have received transplants globally from this program! Those are amazing statistics that just show how valuable cord blood is in treating sickle cell anemia, lymphoma, leukemia, numerous blood cancers and more.

Obviously, we enjoy speaking with the medical community and we were thrilled to see such enthusiastic support for cord blood preservation at this event.  However, we realize that we did not get a chance to speak with everyone and many may not have been able to attend this event. For those of you we missed, we encourage you to. . .

  1. Explore our RESEARCH archives to learn about the latest research
  2. Share our VIDEOS with your colleagues to see how you can present the facts about cord blood and answer those difficult questions that patients ask
  3. Refer to the Arizona PUBLIC Cord Blood Program and the participating hospitals to see how this type of program might work for your hospital
  4. Join our PROFESSIONAL Community at Save the Cord Foundation to stay on top of the latest developments in cord blood uses and research via free educational webinars and our quarterly updates

Join the Professional Community at Save the Cord Foundation

Learn why cord blood is truly a non-controversial source of stem cells.

Listen to what these experts have to say (video available in both English and Spanish):

We wish to thank the new Phoenix Chapter President Dr. Veronica Vital, PhD, RN and former President Dr. Adriana Perez, PhD, ANP-BC of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, the largest chapter of Hispanic Nurses in the country, for welcoming Save the Cord Foundation and our partners from the Arizona Public Cord Blood Program at this wonderful event. 

Get involved. Communication is key to cord blood awareness. Help us to reach parents and medical professionals like yourself with the facts on cord blood. We work with the top experts in the industry and help give a voice to both parents and professionals alike. Work with us, donate to support our cause, host a house party. . . help us to educate others about this life saving medical resource before it is thrown away.

About Save the Cord Foundation

Save the Cord Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization, was established to promote awareness of the life-saving benefits of cord blood based on unbiased and factual information. The Foundation educates parents, health professionals and the general public about the need to preserve this valuable medical resource while providing information on both public cord blood donation programs and family cord blood banks worldwide.

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