Register Now for Cord Blood Connect

Thirteen organizations are collaborating on CBA-hosted conference

Registration is open for Cord Blood Connect, the international congress that embraces all components of the cord blood community – public and private banking, clinical and laboratory investigations, manufacturing, administration, training and education.

Here are your links for the congress that will be held Sept. 14-16 in Miami Beach:

    Preliminary Agenda including sessions, topics and presenters
    Congress Blog to receive congress updates as they become available

CBA members can register for $510, saving $200 compared to the non-member rate.

2018 Cord Blood ConnectCollaborators

Collaborating with CBA in the development of the congress, being held for the first time, are 13 nonprofit organizations within, or strongly tied to, cord blood banking:

  • AABB
  • American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation
  • Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research
  • Eurocord
  • European School of Haematology
  • Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy
  • International Society for Cellular Therapy
  • Perinatal Stem Cell Society
  • National Marrow Donor Program / Be The Match
  • Parent’s Guide to Cord Blood Foundation
  • Regenerative Medicine Foundation
  • Save the Cord Foundation
  • World Marrow Donor Association / NetCord

Oceanside Venue

Cord Blood Connect will convene at Loews Miami Beach Hotel, located oceanside in the heart of the fabled South Beach neighborhood with its trendy restaurants, shops and attractions. 

September provides some of the best “off season” savings, and special rates have been negotiated to make conference housing affordable for teams of cord blood bank personnel.  Learning together as a team will be a theme of the conference.

Preliminary Agenda

Two planning committees have been at work on the agenda since November.  Click here to see session, topic and speaker details.

A scientific team, led by Colleen Delaney, MD, MSc, of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, is developing concurrent sessions on:

  • Late-breaking updates on clinical outcomes of cord blood transplantation
  • Cord blood-derived immunotherapies
  • Engineering of cord blood grafts, including cell expansion and homing
  • MSCs derived from birthing tissues – manufacturing and regulation, preclinical characterization and clinical studies
  • Emerging uses of cord blood and cord tissue cells in regenerative medicine for cardiovascular, neurologic, pulmonary and orthopedic conditions

An education and training team, led by Sharon Miller, MT(ASCP), CHS(ABHI), of Colorado Cord Blood Bank, is developing education and training sessions on:

  • Economics and logistics of cord blood banking and cord blood therapies
  • Cord blood collection procedures and public education
  • Manufacturing and quality specifications – point/counterpoint for family and public banking
  • International and domestic shipping and transportation
  • Education for prenatal and pediatric health care providers

In addition, there will be plenary sessions on:

  • The state of the cord blood banking community
  • Government regulations and their impact on emerging regenerative therapies
  • Pioneering investigators, caregivers and patients
  • Clinical outcomes for non-hematopoietic diseases
  • The future of cord blood – an examination of the “what ifs.” Are we utilizing all of the components of cord blood, cord tissue and other birthing tissues? Are we prepared to scale-up for expanded use? What do we need to do to prepare?

Other Features

Add to the above a poster session, presentations of best abstracts, commercial exhibits, and ample opportunities for peers to network and connect. The objective is an innovative gathering unlike anything that has been experienced within the cord blood community.

“We want this meeting to invigorate and inspire the cord blood community,” said CBA President Joanne Kurtzberg, MD. “The congress is being structured not only to meet everyone’s professional needs and interests, but also to encourage networking because we know often the most valuable information can come from discussions with peers outside of the formal presentations.”

“We want each of our collaborating organizations to view the congress as their own for workshops, committee meetings and networking,” added CBA Vice President Kenneth Giacin, MS, MBA. “The conference name, Cord Blood Connect, denotes the coming together of the nonprofit organizations, as well as the multi-national dimensions of the field. Connect also references the linkage between investigators and banking service providers, and the mutual interests of public and private banks.”

Pre-Congress Cord Blood Day

The World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA-NetCord) and the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) will provide a full day of presentations and workshops on Friday, Sept. 14, prior to the evening opening session of Cord Blood Connect.

Presentations beginning at 8:00 am will include global perspectives of cord blood transplants, ethical dilemmas in cord blood banking, common FACT-NetCord accreditation citations, and an overview of a WMDA international cord blood bank survey.

The afternoon will have two concurrent sessions concluding at 5:00 pm: a cord blood banking Quality Boot Camp, and a training session for FACT cord blood bank inspectors.

A separate registration is required for the WMDA-NetCord and FACT pre-congress Cord Blood Day.  For information contact FACT at [email protected] or 1-402-559=1050.

Member Discount

CBA individual members can register for $510, saving $200 compared to the non-member registration fee.

If you aren’t a CBA individual member, you can apply while registering. The usual $99 annual membership dues have been reduced to $50 for non-members who complete an application while registering online for Cord Blood Connect.

Details about the international congress are being updated regularly through September at the registration website for the congress at