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.

Cord Blood to Treat Autism & Other Brain Disorders: New Studies at Duke

Cord Blood to Treat Autism & Other Brain Disorders: New Studies at Duke

Cord Blood to Treat Autism & Other Brain Disorders: New Studies Launching at Duke

Cord blood to treat autism?

Cord blood to treat autism?


Duke Medicine is leading the way in cord blood research as their team of specialist prepare to undertake major studies to explore the use of umbilical cord blood to treat autism, stroke, cerebral palsy and related brain disorders.  The group was just awarded $15 million from the Marcus Foundation to support this research.

As stated by Duke Medicine News and Communications, . . .

The award from The Marcus Foundation, an Atlanta-based philanthropic organization, will fund the first two years of a planned five-year, $41 million project by Joanne Kurtzberg, MD, chief scientific and medical officer of Duke’s Robertson Cell and Translational Therapy Program, and Geraldine Dawson, PhD, director of the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Scienes.

A leader in cord blood research, Dr. Kurtzberg serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of Save the Cord Foundation and has participated in our Share the Science Series with Mediware.

Regarding this study, Dr. Kurtzberg was quoted saying. . .

“The whole program has enormous potential,” said Kurtzberg, who is also director of the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Program and the Carolinas Cord Blood Bank. “Autism, stroke and cerebral palsy are all neurologic conditions that impair function and quality of life for these children and adults. If we can make that better, it will have a huge personal and societal impact.”

According to the article, the study itself will involve a variety of participants. . .

The project will consist of a series of clinical trials using umbilical cord blood cells to treat a total of 390 children and adults with autism, 100 children with cerebral palsy and 90 adults with stroke. Based on previous research, Kurtzberg and Dawson hypothesize that cord blood may promote repair of dysfunctional or damaged areas of the brain.



 $15 Million Award to Go Toward Exploring New Treatments for Autism, Other Brain Disorders


We are so happy to see that research to use cord blood to treat autism and other brain disorders is getting the funding it needs.  We look forward to learning more!


Could Cord Blood Prevent Type 1 Diabetes?

Could Cord Blood Prevent Type 1 Diabetes?

Could Cord Blood Prevent Type 1 Diabetes?

Yes, we hope so!  All eyes are on the CellCARE cord blood bank in Australia as they begin the WORLD’s FIRST clinical trial in this area.


According to CellCARE . . .

Australian researchers at the Institute of Endocrinology and Diabetes, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (Institute), in a world first, will investigate the potential to prevent or delay the onset of type 1 diabetes in high-risk children using cord blood.

The CoRD study is aimed at children with a close relative with type 1 diabetes, who have their cord blood stored. The study is expected to take 5 years to complete with 400 – 600 participants required for screening and at least 20 participants proceeding to cord blood reinfusion.

Photo courtesy of CellCARE Australia and The Sydney Morning Herald

Photo courtesy of CellCARE Australia and The Sydney Morning Herald

This is truly exciting and once again reiterates the many possible uses for cord blood.

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