Moving cord blood research from the lab to reality, parents and health professionals need to understand the evolving landscape of the cord blood industry. The following are additional highlights from the Cord Blood World Europe Congress 2016 held in London:
- Improving cord blood’s lifesaving power – Dr. Filippo Milano: The more we use cord blood to treat patients, the more we learn. As with any medicine or treatment, we are always trying to make it better. That is the exact focus of the cord blood program at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center.
Dr. Coleen Delaney and Dr. Filippo Milano are leading the way in improving outcomes for transplant patients. With more than 300 cord blood transplants to date, Dr. Milano confirmed. . .
Outcomes for our patients reflect this effort, with survival rates equivalent to patients receiving unrelated donor bone marrow or peripheral blood hematopoietic cell transplants.
Likewise, the team has been instrumental in finding ways multiply or expand the number of stem cells in each cord blood donation. This is a breakthrough discovery which could potentially benefit patients around the world undergoing a transplant or chemotherapy. Learn more about the Cord Blood Program at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center here.
- Expanded Use of Public Cord Blood Banked Units – Dr. Beth Shaz: As the Chief Medical Officer for the world’s first and largest public cord blood bank, New York Blood Center’s National Cord Blood Program (NCBP), Dr. Shaz was quick to highlight the many uses for donated cord blood. She also pointed to cell expansion techniques of human cord blood progenitor cells that are now available and promise to improve patient outcomes.
The NCBP is always looking for additional ways to use cord blood. Dr. Shaz mentioned the possibility of creating the next generation of products from high quality public cord blood units through the reprogramming of CD34+ cells into pluripotent stem cells. Learn more about the New York Blood Center’s National Cord Blood Program here.
- Need for More Cord Blood Donations from Ethnic Minorities – Dr. Moshe Israeli:
The world’s population is mixing more and more everyday. This is a beautiful thing. A wonderful new blend of cultures and ethnicities is being created. However, for patients in need of a stem cell transplant this blending creates a major challenge! Finding a match in this new “blended” world can be extremely difficult. Luckily, cord blood has fewer matching criteria than bone marrow but that does not make it “one size fits all.”
Until science proves otherwise, cord blood must still be matched to the recipient. As with bone marrow, we are constantly faced with a challenge to attract ethnic minority donors. Dr. Israeli demonstrated this by using a case from his cord blood bank in Israel. He highlighted how much faster the Israeli population is “blending” as compared to other parts of the world.
Learn more about the Bedomaich Chayi Public Cord Blood Bank here.
- Bringing True Social Change – NEXT GENERATION: Cord Blood – Charis Ober: The state of Arizona has served as a learning lab for the cord blood movement. Ms. Ober discussed her experience as a cord blood educator and emphasized the necessity for teaching our youth about the science behind cord blood, how it is being used currently, the exciting research that is happening in the field and the potential for STEM careers in this area. Save the Cord Foundation officially launched the NEXT GENERATION: Cord Blood program globally at the London conference ( #NEXTGENERATION )
This program is unique in that it provides easy to use educational tools adapted for each age group. The program is open to all schools (from kindergarten to university level). It is a non-commercial program supported and promoted through official partners of the program better known as “Cord Blood Education Champions.” Find out more about NEXT GENERATION: Cord Blood here.
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