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May

Hamad Emirati boy cured of sickle cell disease by cord blood
May 2018   Hamad is an eight-year-old Emirati boy who was cured of Sickle Cell Disease thanks to the cord blood stem cells from his younger brother, Abdullah, that were stored by CryoSave Arabia.
Leading sponsors of clinical trials with expanded cord blood
May 2018   Each year there are about 20 clinical trials using cells that have been isolated and expanded from cord blood. We review the leading products in this arena and their sponsors.

April

Apratim
Apr 2018   Apratim Dey Singha of Kolkata, India, traveled to Duke University to receive cord blood therapy for autism. Nine months later, his social and communiation skills have significantly improved.
GMFM-66 scores for Cerebral Palsy motor skills
Apr 2018   We compare 4 different stem cell therapies for cerebral palsy in terms of their improvement to the Gross Motor Function Measure (GMFM) score.

March

Cord Blood Insurance by Lloyd's of London
Mar 2018   Preservation of cord blood in a family bank is a biological insurance policy, but to pay for the cost of cord blood therapy the family would benefit from a financial insurance policy.
Regulatory T cells made from cord blood to treat Type 1 Diabetes
Mar 2018   Researchers at the Cleveland Cord Blood Center are studying T cells from the donated umbilical cord blood of newborns as a potential cure for Type 1 Diabetes.

February

Dr Yihua An
Feb 2018   Dr. Yihua An is the leading researcher in China in the field of stem cell therapies to treat neurological conditions, using UC-MSC, neural stem cells, and other adult stem cells. Dr. An’s team has registered the world’s first phase 3 trials in ClinicalTrials.gov for stem cell therapy of cerebral palsy and spinal cord injury. Dr. An holds multiple Chinese patents related to the preparation and delivery of stem cells for the treatment of brain injury. He has published more than 80 research papers and registered over 27 clinical trials. As of December 2015, Dr. An and his team have treated more than 10,000 patients.
PBKM of Poland donated the initial inventory to start Bank of Life in Ukraine
Feb 2018   The first public (donor) bank of cord blood, founded by the Bank of Life Charitable Foundation, started its work in Ukraine. The bank PBKM of Poland provided the initial inventory to launch this project.

January

umbilical cord under lab hood from Beeravolu N. et al. 2017; Jove DOI: 10.3791/55224
Jan 2018   Responsible cord blood banks should provide parents with quality testing results for their baby’s umbilical cord tissue, similar to their quality reports for cord blood storage.
Perinatal Stem Cell Society
Jan 2018   The 4th annual International Perinatal Stem Cell Society conference is taking place March 1-2, 2018 in Salt Lake City, Utah. A working group will convene to formulate voluntary minimum standards for all products derived from perinatal tissues.