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