Cord Blood Uses and Innovations with Dr. Curtis Cetrulo
For parents all around the world, it starts with a question. . . should I save my baby’s cord blood? To help answer this question we sat down with Dr. Curtis Cetrulo (Former Professor OB/GYN and Maternal Fetal Medicine Tufts University School of Medicine) to learn about the current cord blood uses and innovations while getting a bit of insight on what the future holds for cord blood. This discussion blew our minds and we talk with cord blood experts every day!
In this fast-paced 15 minute interview, Dr. Cetrulo took this very technical topic and put things into simple layman’s terms. He also opened our eyes to the latest research using perinatal stem cells, including cord blood stem cells.
What are perinatal stem cells? You often here us talking about cord blood stem cells but what does the term “perinatal stem cells” mean? “Perinatal stem cell sources include: amnion, amniotic fluid, cord blood, cord tissue/wharton’s jelly, as well as placental blood and placental tissue. Perinatal stem cells are formed around the time of birth and are classified as adult stem cells but they really are more primitive then stem cells found in bone marrow or adipose tissue or other traditional sources of adult stem cells and as such, have greater therapeutic potential.” (Source: http://perinatalstemcells.com/about/ , accessed on October 31, 2015)
If you are a parent looking for guidance and clarification on what to do with your child’s cord blood, please take a few minutes to watch this video. It is like having a personal consultation with your OBGYN. Dr. Cetrulo takes the time to speak with honestly about the changing world of medicine and why you should save your baby’s cord blood and cord tissue.
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As we begin preparations for the Annual Perinatal Stem Cell Conference in March 2016, this discussion with Dr. Cetrulo has given us a preview to what topics will be discussed. Undoubtedly, the use of perinatal stem cells in regenerative medicine will be one of the most talked about topics. In particular, we are looking forward to hearing more about how perinatal stem cells are being used in sports medicine. On Thursday evening, March 3rd, there will be a panel of leading sports medicine surgeons and stem cell practitioners dedicated to this topic, including Dr. Cetrulo’s son who is a Surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital. The “Sports Medicine Panel” is free and open to the public so we would like to encourage you to attend. This is a prime opportunity to meet the doctors and researchers who are pushing for real breakthroughs in medicine and are finding immediate applications for perinatal stem cells in sports medicine.
If you would like to learn more about perinatal stem cells or are interested in attending the annual conference, please visit: http://perinatalstemcells.com/annual-conference/agenda/
Save the Cord Foundation wishes to thank Dr. Cetrulo and the entire team at the Perinatal Stem Cell Society for making this interview possible.
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