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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Busting Cord Blood Myths with Facts

CBA members submitted the myths; an association task force provides the facts

Have you, from time to time, heard a comment about cord blood banking that simply isn’t true?

The CBA Website Task Force recently asked that question of association members, and invited them to submit erroneous information and misunderstandings that they’ve heard when talking with expectant parents or others in the lay public.

The task force then took the most troubling, misinformed myths and developed an answer for each.

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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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