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.

Cord Blood World Europe 2017: Educational Approaches

Cord Blood World Europe 2017: Educational Approaches

The Cord Blood World Europe conference in London is just around the corner and Save the Cord Foundation is pleased to announce that we will be participating again this year. Our team will be leading a unique roundtable/workshop called “Educational Approaches” building on themes of collaboration presented by key speakers at this event.

The Cord Blood World Europe conference has evolved over the years into a dynamic platform for collaboration and discussion amongst the cord blood industry’s leading experts. Each year the event welcomes numerous researchers and visionaries from all over the world who have one thing in common. . . cord blood.  Born out of demand from feedback over the years Cord Blood World Europe aims to bring together public and private banks, clinicians, researchers, regulatory bodies and solution providers to tackle the challenges and opportunities facing the industry. The conference focuses on the continued need to increase the number of parents who privately store or donate cord blood, reduce costs, increase utilisation, advance regenerative applications and improve quality.

Cord Blood World Europe 2017
17-18 May 2017
Business Design Center, London
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In 2017, there will be a special emphasis placed on new collaborations developing in this maturing industry. The conference will serve as a springboard for discussions both publicly and privately on how to move forward globally with research and current cellular therapies using cord blood. In addition to lectures from renowned cord blood pioneers such as Dr. Colleen Delaney of NoHLA Therapeutics/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center and Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg of Duke University, a series of panel discussions with cord blood experts from both the public and private arenas will allow participants to dig deeper into various topics and seek real world answers to challenges they face as a cord blood bank, a researcher, an oncologist, a charity, etc.

Just to name a few of the presentations/discussions we are looking forward to. . .

  • Keynote presentations from Dr. Colleen Delaney from NoHLA/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center and Professor Vanderson Rocha of Eurocord
  • Research focused presentations from Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg of Duke University and Dr. Jaap Boelens of UMC Utrecht
  • Panel discussion on “The Advantages of Banking Other Tissue, and the Effect This Will Have on the Cord Blood Industry”
  • Panel discussion on “Cord Blood Expansion: How Close Are We to a Solution for this Bottleneck?”
  • Break out session on “Patient Advocacy” highlighting differences in US and UK mandates
Exclusive Roundtable/Workshop: EDUCATIONAL APPROACHES
Building on themes of collaboration, Save the Cord Foundation will lead a special roundtable/workshop called “Educational Approaches.” This roundtable/workshop will focus on the art of communication and education within the industry. Our team will work with participants in small group sessions to develop educational messages for various audiences. All participants will be given the option to feature their educational messages on our website at Save the Cord Foundation along with a backlink to their website where their teams will be encouraged to build on this message. The goal is to start a series of conversations across the globe, targeting a variety of audiences and building on what is presented at Cord Blood World Europe 2017. PLACES ARE LIMITED.

Please note, places are very limited for the “Educational Approaches” roundtable/workshop with Save the Cord Foundation. Please reserve your spot for the conference and the roundtable via the Terrapin website: http://www.terrapinn.com/conference/cord-blood-world-europe/index.stm

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Intel ISEF 2017: STEM Students from 75 Countries to Learn about Cord Blood from STCF & StemCyte

Intel ISEF 2017: STEM Students from 75 Countries to Learn about Cord Blood from STCF & StemCyte

Recognized as the world’s largest international pre-collegiate science competition, Intel ISEF is sometimes referred to as the “Olympics of Science Fairs” welcoming the brightest STEM students from more than 75 different countries.  This year Save the Cord Foundation is proud to announce that we will be there!! Together with our friends at StemCyte, Inc., we will be bringing cord blood education to the Next Generation of scientists, doctors, nurses and community leaders via this prestigious event.

Each year, millions of students compete worldwide in local and school-sponsored science fairs for an opportunity to showcase their independent research and compete for approximately $4 million in prizes at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF 2017), a program of Society for Science & the Public. Visit the official site here.

Nearly 5000 students, their teachers and mentors from more than 75 different countries attend this event annually. The research presented by students is of the highest calibre.  For example, last year’s Gordon E. Moore Award winner was Han Jie (Austin) Wang, an 18-year-old from Canada who broke new ground with his research: Boosting MFC Biocatalyst Performance: A Novel Gene Identification and Consortia Engineering Approach.

 

Intel ISEF 2017 at the Los Angeles Convention Center:  May 14-19th, 2017
Schools and the general public are welcome on “Intel ISEF Public Day” on May 18th, 2017

Learn more. Register to attend Intel ISEF 2017.

Despite decades of use in the treatment of 80+ diseases in more than 35,000 transplants worldwide, the topic of sourcing stem cells from cord blood has never been formally presented at Intel ISEF. Thus, Intel ISEF 2017 presents a unique opportunity for our team to break new ground by introducing this topic tomorrow’s leading scientists, doctors and community leaders.  Together, StemCyte, Inc. and Save the Cord Foundation will form a dynamic team whose goal will be to increase cord blood awareness and spark an interest in cord blood research by these outstanding STEM students.

STEM students prepare for Intel ISEF

Preparing for the arrival of 1700 finalists at Intel ISEF

During the course of this multi-day event, our team will be welcoming students, their teachers and representatives from countries around the world to engage in a variety of interactive demonstrations regarding the collection of cord blood, the preservation process, testing and eventual use of these valuable, non-controversial stem cells. In addition, the team will be hosting a symposium dedicated to cord blood featuring one of the world’s outstanding neuroscientist, Dr. Wise Young, M.D., Ph.D.. Dr. Young is the Global Medical Director for StemCyte, Inc., Distinguished Professor, founding director of the W.M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience.

Wise Young Intel ISEF - StemcyteDuring the symposium, Dr. Young will speak about cord blood’s critical role in regenerative medicine and potential treatments using cord blood for spinal cord injuries.  An engaging speaker and pioneer in the field, Dr. Young will speak to students about ground-breaking clinical trials he is leading across China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and as well as those more recently the United States, Norway and India. Dr. Young will also discuss the growing need for cord blood globally with regards to current applications and potential developments in the medical world that could stimulate a sudden increase in demand.

Students who attend Intel ISEF will be encouraged to participate in the NEXT GENERATION: Cord Blood program and to share this program with others in their communities when they return home. Students will have the opportunity to register for a free NEXT GENERATION account and newsletter focused exclusively on cord blood.

A word about our partner for this special event. . .

StemCyte, Inc. is a hybrid cord blood bank (providing both public and private cord blood banking) with locations in the US, India and Taiwan.  As one of the largest and most racially diverse cord blood stem cell banks in the world, StemCyte is actively involved in the development of new umbilical cord blood-based cell therapies. The Company supports the largest clinical study for using unrelated cord blood transplantation for thalassemia, one of the most common genetic diseases in the world, and the developments of trials investigating regenerative spinal cord therapies. To learn more visit StemCyte’s official site.

We wish to thank StemCyte,Inc. for their generous support.

 

 

Photo credits:
Top photo: Nathan Han, of Boston, Massachusetts, who won the Intel ISEF 2014 Gordon E. Moore Award, celebrated with the finalists from Massachusetts (Chris Ayers Photography/Society for Science & the Public)
Middle photo: Preparations behind-the-scenes for Intel ISEF (April Rietze Photography/Society for Science & the Public)
Bottom photo: Dr. Wise Young (Rutgers University/W.M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience)

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