Maimonides Medical Center
In 2005, Gift of Life launched a cord blood donation program (www.jcord.org) that collects from Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. The cost of the program is borne by Gift of Life fund-raising. In order for their cord blood donations to be listed on the NMDP network, obstetricians who collect for Gift of Life must undergo training and regular proficiency testing.
Gift of Life operates a cord blood laboratory at the U. Mass. Memorial Medical Center, which has AABB accreditation. The Medical Director of the laboratory is Rajneesh Nath, MD. Also, Gift of Life has their own Medical Director, Michael Schuster, MD. The Gift of Life laboratory uses the state of the art, fully automated Sepax processing system from Biosafe. The Sepax processing kit is a sterile, single-use, functionally closed system, so that the cord blood never comes into contact with the external environment.
There are research publications on "HLA polymorphism" among people of Jewish heritage (go to PubMed and search on these keywords), which show that they are more likely to find a donor match in their own ethnic type, and next among other Mediterranean groups.