World Cord Blood Day 2017: Official Launch (press release)

World Cord Blood Day 2017: Official Launch (press release)

Inaugural event, World Cord Blood Day 2017, highlights non-controversial source of stem cells

World Cord Blood Day (November 15th) provides an opportunity for parents and health professionals to learn about current cord blood applications and ground-breaking research

Tucson, Arizona – March 27th, 2017: Expectant parents and health professionals across the globe are invited to participate in the first ever World Cord Blood Day to be held on November 15th, 2017.

More than 35,000 cord blood transplants have been performed worldwide since 1988 to treat over 80 life-threatening diseases including sickle cell anemia, thalassemia, lymphoma and leukemia. In the emerging field of regenerative medicine, cord blood holds great promise in treating autism, diabetes, hearing loss, stroke, brain injury and more. Yet, cord blood is still thrown away as medical waste in the majority of births worldwide. The purpose of World Cord Blood Day is to educate expectant parents and health professionals about the current applications for this non-controversial source of stem cells and to highlight the exciting research happening in this field of medicine.

“We are excited about this opportunity to expand cord blood education worldwide while providing a platform for discussion focused exclusively on this valuable medical resource,” said Charis Ober, Executive Director of Save the Cord Foundation.

Organized by Save the Cord Foundation, World Cord Blood Day is officially sponsored by Quick Specialized Healthcare Logistics (www.quickhealthcare.aero), a recognized leader in medical shipping and logistics. Inspiring Partners for this inaugural event include the Cord Blood Association, Be the Match (NMDP), World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA – Netcord), AABB and FACT. As Inspiring Partners, these organizations will provide industry-specific and medical expertise.

“As the most experienced global transportation provider of cord blood for processing and transplant, we are proud to be a sponsor of World Cord Blood Day and are dedicated to supporting the life science community by providing innovative logistics solutions that help save and improve lives. Our 36 years of life science experience makes the difference when it comes to product security, integrity and chain of custody during the transportation process,” said Dave Murphy, Executive VP of Quick’s Life Science Division.

In addition to free events to be held around the globe, World Cord Blood Day will host a free virtual conference (free, open to the public and health professionals) on November 15th. The program will include introductory presentations appropriate for the public as well as academic lectures specifically designed for health professionals, led by renowned researchers and transplant doctors. In parallel, social media (#WCBD17) will be used to build cord blood awareness and encourage participation in the day’s events.

Visit www.WorldCordBloodDay.org to learn how you can participate or host an event.

 

About Save the Cord Foundation
A 501c3 non-profit, Save the Cord Foundation’s vision is to make saving umbilical cord blood the standard of care in birthing hospitals across the U.S. and around the globe. Save the Cord Foundation provides non-biased information to expectant parents and the public about the options for saving umbilical cord blood by public donation, private banking and donation to research. A nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, Save the Cord Foundation was established to create and expand cord blood education and create awareness for the need to preserve and share this valuable, lifesaving medical resource.

For more information on Save the Cord Foundation, please visit www.SaveTheCordFoundation.org.

About Quick Specialized Healthcare Logistics
Quick is the trusted logistics leader serving the Healthcare and Life Science community for over 36 years. Quick safely transports human organs and tissue for transplant or research, blood, blood products, cord blood, bone marrow, medical devices and personalized medicine, 24/7/365.  Quick’s specially trained experts work with hospitals, laboratories, blood banks and medical processing centers, and utilize the safest routes to ensure integrity, temperature control and chain of custody throughout the transportation process.

For more information about Quick Specialized Healthcare Logistics, please visit www.quickhealthcare.aero.

Share the Science: Dr. Moshe Israeli – Role of Cord Blood in Stem Cell Donor Search

Share the Science: Dr. Moshe Israeli – Role of Cord Blood in Stem Cell Donor Search

Register now to hear Dr. Moshe Israeli, director of the tissue typing laboratory at Rabin Medical Center in Israel, discuss the fascinating clinical world of immunogenetics and the role of cord blood in stem cell donor searches.

Save the Cord Foundation and Mediware, Inc. are proud to welcome Dr. Moshe Israeli for our next edition of Share the Science on March 14th, 2017. Share the Science is a free webinar series focused on the cord blood industry and the latest research in this field.  As always, we invite both health professionals and the general public to join us for this enlightening presentation.

Dr. Moshe ISRAELI
from the Rabin Medical Center in Israel
“Stem Cell Donor Search in the Global Village: What Lies Ahead?”

Tuesday, March 14: 1:30 CT/2:30 ET

Free to register. Open to the public.

Register for SHARE THE SCIENCE with Dr. Moshe Israeli: Stem Cell Donor Search in the Global Village

For this edition of Share the Science, Dr. Israeli will explain the challenges of finding a suitable matched donor and the new promise of using cord blood for transplants. He will also explore the growing complexity of global searches and the impact genetics is playing in creating new challenges. Dr. Israeli will discuss:

  • The basics of immunogenetics and the challenges of tissue typing
  • Immunological challenges of a stem cell transplant
  • The process of a global stem cell donor search and, in particular, a cord blood stem cell search
  • How today’s “global village” is creating new challenges for the transplant community

As the director of the tissue typing laboratory of the Beilinson Hospital, Rabin Medical Center in Israel, Dr. Israeli is responsible for all immuno-genetic diagnostic testing of all organ and stem cell transplants carried out by the Clalit Health Services organization in Israel. In addition he serves as the quality manager of the Bedomayich-Chayi public cord blood bank in Jerusalem.

Dr. Israeli has a PhD in transplant immunology from the Bar-Ilan University and has completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands. He has presented lectures in multiple international meetings and has received several awards in his field of expertise, such as the J. Marilyn McQueen Award for outstanding scientists on behalf of the American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ASHI), The Wolf Foundation Scholarship for outstanding researchers, and others.

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Share the Science is made possible thanks to the generous support of Mediware, Inc.

 

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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