'Cord Blood Connect' Presentations Are Online

Videos can be accessed and streamed free of charge

If you couldn’t attend the 2022 Cord Blood Connect international congress, missed some sessions that were concurrent, or simply want to see a session again, most presentations are posted online for playback.

The videos are “open access,” meaning that they can be viewed free of charge. The CBA Board of Directors has allocated funds for the open access to make the scientific and technical information widely available, in keeping with the association’s purpose of advancing cord blood and birthing tissue therapies and banking.

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Louise Ristau Appointed CBA Executive Director

Succeeds Alan Leahigh, the Association's Founding Executive Director

The Cord Blood Association has named veteran association executive Louise Ristau, CAE, as its next executive director. She succeeds Alan Leahigh, the association’s founding executive director.

The appointment of Ms. Ristau, announced by CBA President Joanne Kurtzberg, concludes a robust search process that began when Mr. Leahigh announced that he would retire at the end of 2022. Ms. Ristau has been onboarding since attending the Cord Blood Connect international congress in September.

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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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