The Hawaii Cord Blood Bank (HCBB) is an independent, non-profit community service organization which began operations in 1998 as a means to help the challenge of finding donors for Hawaii’s ethnically diverse patient population.
A growing proportion of Hawaii’s population is comprised of people from multiple race/mixed ethnicity backgrounds.
According to the 2010 census, there has been a 32% increase in the multiple race segment of our population over the last decade, and Hawaii leads this national trend with 23% of the State’s population reporting two or more races.
This becomes a challenge when patients from Hawaii are searching for a matching bone marrow or stem cell donor since the majority of donors in our national registry are Caucasian, while donors from minorities (African American, Asian, Pacific Islanders) are underrepresented.
We wish to thank the team at Hawaii Cord Blood Bank for this wonderful guest post and for the noble work they do everyday collecting cord blood and helping patients worldwide who are desperately waiting for a stem cell donor. You can learn more about the Hawaii Cord Blood Bank here.
Repairing Organs and Treating Neonatal Diseases with Stem Cell Therapy, presented by Dr. Bernard THEBAUD
Share the Science: Repairing Organs and Treating Neonatal Diseases with Stem Cell Therapy, presented by Dr. Bernard THEBAUD
Specialist in stem cell therapies for lung diseases, Dr. Thébaud is a senior scientist with the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and a neonatologist with the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, where he provides care to critically ill newborns. He is also a professor of Pediatrics at the University of Ottawa.
Dr. Thébaud obtained his medical degree at the University Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg, France in 1991 and trained in pediatrics and neonatology at the University Paris V in Paris, France, where he also obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. before completing a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Alberta.
He received the “Rising Star in Perinatal Research” award from the CIHR Institute for Human Development, Child and Youth Health in 2008, and the “Best in Current Canadian Child Health Research” Sanofi Pasteur Research Award in 2007. Dr. Thébaud currently holds the University of Ottawa Partnership Research Chair in Regenerative Medicine.
We wish to thank Dr. THEBAUD for his time and Mediware for their continued support in bringing you the Share the Science series to you.