‘Cord Blood Connect’ Will be Sept. 10 and 17

Virtual platform makes it easy to connect to this year's international congress

The Cord Blood Connect international congress this year will be on two non-consecutive days, Sept. 10 and 17.

cord_blood_connect_2019_adThe scheduling of the congress takes advantage of the online format. Participants won’t have to be tied to a laptop, tablet or smart phone for consecutive days.

Two Thursdays

The congress sessions will be webcast live on two Thursdays, from 10 am-5 pm in the Eastern time zone of North America, which will be 5 pm-12 midnight in central Europe. For Asia, Australia and the Pacific Rim, the day’s programming will be re-transmitted overnight so that it can be seen from 7 am-2 pm in Beijing, 8 am-3 pm in Tokyo and 9 am-5 pm in Sydney.

All sessions will also be archived for on-demand viewing by congress registrants in the weeks and months after the live webcasts.

Preliminary Agenda

The congress agenda is still being finalized, but the preliminary scientific and technical sessions include:

  • the latest advances and game changers in cord blood transplantation
  • COVID-19 impact on banking and opportunities for treatment
  • ways in which registries are expanding donor availability and access
  • regenerative medicine and immunotherapies
  • gene therapy with emphasis for sickle cell disease
  • birthing tissues as a platform for cellular therapies
  • the status of mesenchymal cell technology and clinical trials
  • cord blood and tissue banking ethics, legislation and regulation  
  • diversity in cord blood collections, transplants, family banking and rare diseases

Abstract Submission

You are cordially invited to present your research to the congress. The deadline for abstract submission is July 31.

New this year will be “e-posters.” Instead of preparing the traditional 4’ x 8’ posters to be pinned to cork boards, authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit a narrated PowerPoint presentation that can be accessed on-demand during the congress and for the next 12 months. Viewers will be able to comment or ask questions via e-mail.

Also new this year are two additional abstract categories: COVID-19 scientific investigations, and COVID-19 cord blood bank management (including collection, processing and release for administration).

As in past years, accepted abstracts will be published in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine, indexed in the medical literature, and eligible for Best Abstract awards including oral presentation during the congress.

Exhibits and Support

If you have an interest in exhibiting at, or providing sponsorship support for, this year’s virtual congress, information is available online.

“During these challenging times, it’s more important than ever to stay connected and share information,” said CBA President Joanne Kurtzberg, MD. “As excited as we were about a robust, memorable in-person congress in Miami Beach, the decision to convene online was driven by concern for the health and safety of our attendees, faculty, exhibitors and staff.”

Details about registration, abstract submission and exhibits will be announced in the coming days. You can subscribe to the congress blog at www.blog-cord-blood-connect.org to keep up to date on all developments.