'Cord Blood Connect' Will Again Be Virtual

Sessions, e-posters and exhibits will be live-streamed on Sept. 23 and 30

The CBA Board of Directors has announced that this year’s Cord Blood Connect international congress will again be a virtual event. Based on the popularity of last year’s scheduling, the sessions will be on non-consecutive days, Sept. 23 and 30.

In reaching their decision, the directors acknowledged that an end to the COVID-19 pandemic hopefully is within sight. But they agreed that the risk to health and safety of participants remains too great to convene an in-person gathering this September.

Last year’s online congress demonstrated that the cord blood community could still successfully share information, advance cord blood and perinatal tissue science and technology, and stay connected.

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President Biden Signs NCBI Re-Authorization

New law also supports advancement of regenerative medicine

President Joe Biden has signed into law the Transplant Act which re-authorizes the National Cord Blood Inventory at up to $23 million per year through Fiscal Year 2025.

The law also renews the C.W. Bill Young Cell Transplantation Program that provides lifesaving bone marrow and umbilical cord blood transplants for patients suffering from blood cancers, disorders and diseases. Funding for that program is up to $30 million per year over the next five years.

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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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