We are proud to announce the 4th Annual Arizona Cord Blood Conference: On the Horizon -- an innovative conference uniting the world's top experts in cord blood, local doctors and nurses, STEM students and members of the general public in a day of learning and sharing.
FREE EVENT. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Brought to you by the Arizona Department of Health Services, the Arizona Cord Blood Conference has become a unique opportunity for members of the medical community and the general public to come together. Now in its fourth year, this conference continues to grow and evolve. It is not an ordinary medical conference. Open to the public but designed for medical professionals and STEM students, this event is as much an opportunity for our speakers as it is for the attendees.
This a medical conference with a difference! The day is filled with highly informative presentations and workshops. These are key to those medical professionals in attendance wishing to obtain CME and/or CNE credits. The atmosphere is guaranteed to be lively and welcoming thanks to the unique mix of attendees at this conference. Doctors, nurses and midwives are given ample opportunity to actively engage with the speakers. Challenging questions are encouraged!
For those from Arizona, the team from the Arizona Public Cord Blood program is on hand to advise on cord blood donation. STEM students are also encouraged to ask questions which inevitably spark wonderful discussions between the speakers and attendees, giving each a unique opportunity to learn from each other. Expecting parents will gain a better understanding of their options for saving cord blood (via donation or privately) empowering them with the information they need to decide what the right choice is for their family.
The conversations are always open and constructive at this event, as an energy fills the room. The day is inspiring as much as it is educational. So, we are not surprised when speakers tell us they want to return! Nor are we surprised to learn about attendees who have left the event impassioned by what they have learned and eager to share it with others!
We would be honored to have you join us.
Register now to attend this free public event featuring the world-renowned cord blood experts.
4th Annual Arizona Cord Blood Conference: "On the Horizon"
April 4th, 2019 7am to 5pm
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Phoenix Tempe
2100 South Priest Drive, Tempe, AZ 85282, United States
*Free breakfast and lunch provided.
For students interested in possible STEM careers, this conference will provide a unique opportunity to learn directly from those in the cord blood industry and discover new opportunities that are emerging thanks to exciting research and current uses for cord blood stem cells. School groups are welcome (please contact us for details).
For health professionals, you will have the opportunity to meet with leading scientists in this field and understand how your practice could immediately have impact or benefit from cord blood collections. As a medical practitioner, you can earn CME or CNE credits at this free conference.
For hospital administrators and policy makers, this conference will be key to better understanding the current status of the cord blood industry and how we can work together to improve it.
Join us for an inspiring morning focused on patient advocacy and education at the Phacilitate World Stem Cell Summit in Miami, January 25, 2019.
Could cord blood advocacy help your business?
Organized in co-operation with Save the Cord Foundation and chaired by Christina Celluzzi from AABB, this 90-minute session will cover the importance of advocacy and education in the cord blood community. Featured speakers will include Charis Ober from Save the Cord Foundation, Lizette Dunay from the CP Alliance Research Foundation and Amnon Pelz from Taburit. Each speaker will highlight why cord blood education and advocacy are pivotal for business success and then go more in-depth during a dynamic panel discussing the power of partnerships.
Presentations will cover:
Learn how various groups can work together within an industry to encourage growth and sustainability within the sector. Discover the missing piece of the puzzle: Cord Blood Advocacy!
Learn more and register now for Phacilitate here.
Meet the speakers
After a seven year battle against cancer, Kristin Kleinhofer has said good-bye to cancer. Save the Cord Foundation recently sat down with Kristin to learn about an amazing turn of events that saved her life. Kristin participated in a cord blood clinical trial that saved her life.
Diagnosed with leukemia three times over a seven and a half year period left Kristin with few choices. Her doctors struggled to find an appropriate treatment for her. They knew she needed a stem cell transplant but had no luck finding a bone marrow donor. After some research, Kristin decided to participate in an innovative cord blood clinical trial led by Dr. Filippo Milano at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center .
We were so impressed by Kristin and fascinated to learn about her journey through this treatment program. Watch our interview with Kristin here.
Success for Kristin and many others
The key to Kristin's success was the fact that she and her medical team were willing to explore options beyond the classic cancer treatment options. They knew she needed a stem cell transplant but could not find a bone marrow donor. After a bit of research, she learned about an opportunity to participate in clinical trial using cord blood stem cells to treat patients with leukemia. This particular clinical trial was designed to compare traditional double cord blood transplants (often used to treat cancer patients in lieu of bone marrow) with a new technique using just one expanded cord blood unit. Kristin was randomly chosen to receive a double cord blood transplant and her treatment was a success. Others in the study received the expanded units. Their results were equally impressive.
To learn more about this study and other cord blood clinical trials done by the team at Fred Hutchinson, please click here .
I want to participate in a cord blood clinical trial . . .
Clinical trials are not for everyone. Patients must always do their research in detail and be ready to listen to the advice of their medical team should they advise against it. The rules for participating in clinical trials can vary wildly from one country to another. Likewise, insurance companies may or may not be willing to cover the cost. For many patients, like Kristin, temporary relocation is necessary not just for the patient but often other members of the family. All of these factors need to be considered.
If you would like to participate in a cord blood clinical trial, please see our short guide on cord blood clinical trials where you will learn
Disclaimer: Save the Cord Foundation does not operate, endorse or participate in any clinical trials. This story and the following links have been presented for informational purposes only. Information presented on this site is not intended to be comprehensive and does not imply endorsement of any kind. Likewise, this information is not intended as medical advice. Participation in any study or clinical trial should always be discussed in detail with your healthcare provider.