'Cord Blood Connect' Exceeds High Expectations

Congress brings future therapies and banking into sharper focus

The Cord Blood Connect international congress, held Sept. 13-15 in Miami Beach, focused on the future of cord blood and birthing tissue therapies and their potential and novel applications for transplantation and regenerative medicine.

Authorities from throughout the international cord blood community addressed pertinent topics in both the scientific and technical aspects of banking and therapies.

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Joanne Kurtzberg Re-Elected President

Colleen Delaney new vice president; Charles Lu joins the Board

Joanne Kurtzberg, MD, director of the Carolinas Cord Blood Bank, has been re-elected president of the Cord Blood Association. Newly elected as vice president is Colleen Delaney, MD, MSc, of Nohla Therapeutics. Charles Lu, MBA, of StemCyte, Inc., joins the CBA Board of Directors.

The election of officers and directors occurred at the annual meeting of the association’s Board of Directors at the Cord Blood Connect international congress in Miami Beach.

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Benefits of Membership

The CBA is an international, non-profit organization that promotes both public and family cord blood banking, with the objectives of saving lives, improving health and changing medicine.

Our priorities are advocacy, quality products and services, market expansion, research and development, and public and professional education. If you share these interests, you are cordially invited to join with us.

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Information for Expectant Parents

Expectant parents are faced with important decisions, even before their baby is born. One of the most important is a life-altering decision about whether to bank their baby’s umbilical cord blood, or donate it to help others. If the precious stem cells in cord blood are not banked, they are discarded as medical waste.

There’s no one choice that’s right for all parents. But health care professionals and parents have developed guidelines to help with the decision.

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