Cord Blood Connect Acclaimed a Total Success

Kurtzberg re-elected president; two new directors appointed to Board

The inaugural Cord Blood Connect international congress won plaudits from attendees, faculty, guests and exhibitors, with nearly a third of those attending from 33 countries.

Joanne Kurtzberg, MD, director of the Carolinas Cord Blood Bank, Durham, N.C., was re-elected president at the CBA Board of Directors meeting.  Appointed to fill vacancies on the board were John E. Wagner, Jr., MD, professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota, and Wolfgang Knirsch, PhD, chief executive officer, Vita 34 AG, Leipzig, Germany.

Eliane Gluckman, MD, who performed the first successful umbilical cord blood transplant in 1988, received the first CBA Lifetime Achievement award. Presenting the award was Matthew Farrow who, at age 5, was her patient for that transplant.

CBA leaders announced that Cord Blood Connect will return to Loews Miami Beach Hotel on Sept. 13-15, 2019.

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Top 10 Essentials for Cord Blood Banking

Board of Directors adopts policy on banking specifications and procedures

The CBA Board of Directors has adopted as official policy Top 10 Essential Requirements for Cord Blood Banking. The policy is a statement of procedures and specifications that always should be met when banking cord blood.

The draft essential requirements were circulated to CBA members for review and comment prior to adoption as association policy.

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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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