The United Nations recently declared February 11th as “International Day of Women and Girls in Science.” Save the Cord Foundation is proud to celebrate this important day focused on women in STEM by honoring Dr. Eliane Gluckman, cord blood transplant pioneer and visionary.
Dr. Eliane Gluckman is a living legend. She successfully performed the world’s first cord blood transplant in 1988 with her colleague Hal Broxmeyer, PhD. Since that revolutionary moment, more than 35,000 cord blood transplants have been performed worldwide. Today, cord blood stem cells are recognized as viable treatment in 80+ diseases.
Dr. Gluckman paved the way for entire fields of medicine including research in cerebral palsy, autism, hearing loss, perinatal stroke, traumatic brain injury, diabetes, HIV and even sports medicine. In particular, her work has had major implications on how high risk cancer patients are treated as cord blood stem cells are often used in lieu of bone marrow stem cells for various reasons.
Her work has opened so many doors of opportunity to other scientists and doctors around the world. It is fair to say that her discoveries have already helped today’s generation of doctors and patients in amazing ways. However, the potential for the next generation of scientists and doctors is limitless thanks to her research. We are witnessing a real shift in medicine thanks to visionaries like Dr. Gluckman.
A key component of Dr. Gluckman’s work has been to establish groups like Eurocord and Netcord who have helped not only promote research and awareness but have been instrumental in providing guidance to this growing industry which Dr. Gluckman’s work essentially created.
Dr. Gluckman has received many honors including:
- Ham-Wasserman-Lecture of the American Society of Hematology in 2001 and recognized as a Legend in Hematology by the American Society of Hematology;
- Légion d’honneur and the Ordre du mérité in France;
- Honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Basel in 2005.
Having published more than 800 articles in peer reviewed international journals, her work continues to have great impact on . . .
Stem Cell Transplantation, Aplastic Anemia, Fanconi Anemia, congenital bone marrow failure, hemoglobin disorders, hematopoiesis and umbilical cord blood (biology, transplantation and innovative therapies)
To learn more about Dr. Eliane Gluckman and her work, please explore these sites:
To learn more about International Day of Women and Girls in Science, please visit the official website of the United Nations.
If you are pregnant, please plan as soon as possible to discuss cord blood preservation options with your doctor. Whether you choose to donate your baby’s cord blood or to privately bank it, this is a personal choice (explore your options to donate or privately bank here). However, please do not throw this valuable medical resource away.
Give life twice. #SaveTheCord.