Save the Cord Foundation and Mediware recently welcomed Dr. Heidi Elmoazzen from the public cord blood bank at Canadian Blood Services for an informative cord blood webinar as part of our on-going Share the Science series.
Dr. Heidi Elmoazzen is the Project Director of the National Cord Blood Bank and Stem Cell Manufacturing at Canadian Blood Services.
During this insightful cord blood webinar, Dr. Elmoazzen discussed strategies for improving the quality of inventory in cord blood banks as well as strategies for increasing the utilization of banked cord blood units.
She spoke about some of the factors, including ethnic diversity, total nucleated cell (TNC) count, processing parameters, HLA typing (resolution and NIMA) as well as accreditation, that play an important role in the selection of cord blood units for transplant.
Dr. Emoazzen’s presentation also examined recent data regarding the Cord Blood Unit Utilization Score (Magalon et al., 2015) and how to apply it in a given cord blood inventory.
If you are a health professional or work in the cord blood industry, we highly recommend taking a little time today to watch the live recording of this cord blood webinar (available online here).
Likewise, please join our professional community at Save the Cord Foundation where we keep you in the loop on the latest research, best practices and key events in cord blood industry.
Who’s speaking next? Register for the next SHARE THE SCIENCE event here.
Discover some of our other articles that give an in-depth view of the cord blood research and best practices:
- Share the Science with Dr. Susana Gomez from Anthony Nolan UK: “Quality in Cord Blood Banking”
- Share the Science with Dr. James Baumgartner from the Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Center at the Florida Hospital for Children “Cord Blood in Acquired Hearing Loss and Pediatric Stroke”
- #WeCanICan: Beat Cancer with Cord Blood (on-going series)
- “Could cord blood treat Type 1 Diabetes?”