November 09, 2021
Complimentary registration is available to the fifth annual World Cord Blood Day Virtual Conference, to be held this Sunday, Nov. 14. Each year, Save the Cord Foundation hosts this complimentary event in conjunction with World Cord Blood Day (Nov. 15) to promote understanding of and dispel common misunderstandings regarding cord blood.
This year’s opening session features a live-streamed presentation by Filippo Milano, MD, PhD, director of the Cord Blood Program at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, who will explore cord blood's evolution from medical waste to valuable source of stem cells that are used to treat more than 80 life-threatening diseases. The program also features on-demand presentations from leading cord blood transplant doctors and investigators on the latest cord blood research, including as a treatment for leukemia and lymphoma. In addition, speakers will highlight potential uses for cord blood in the fields of regenerative medicine and gene therapy. A full agenda is available online.
The World Cord Blood Day web page includes additional resources for organizations and individuals interested in participating, such as a global event calendar, educational games and videos, and cord blood facts. AABB encourages members of the blood and biotherapies community to share their World Cord Blood Day activities and follow along on Facebook and Twitter using the #WCBD21 hashtag.