World Cord Blood Day 2022 – Official Virtual Conference

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Date(s) - 15 Nov 2022
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM


World Cord Blood Day 2022 – Official Virtual Conference

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About this event

World Cord Blood Day 2022:

FREE ONLINE EVENT from November 15th, 2022

(On-demand sessions available via Eventbrite until December 15th)

Free. Open to all  – Learn more at


New, super simple registration process! Register FREE on Eventbrite with just your name and email to access the livestream launch, all on-demand sessions, be invited to the live roundtable and more.

Speakers for the virtual conference:

Opening Session Livestream:

Dr. Maegan Capitano (Indiana University), protégé of the late Dr. Hal Broxmeyer, to discuss history of cord blood stem cells from discovery to application.

On-Demand Sessions:

Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg (Duke University / Marcus Center for Cellular Cures) to give an in-depth update on advances in clinical trials using cord blood and cord tissue in regenerative medicine for cerebral palsy, autism, HIE and stroke.

Dr. Koen van Besien (University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center) to discuss the potential of haplo-cord transplants in cancer and HIV treatments.

Dr. Yvonne Bryson (UCLA) to discuss the potential use of cord blood in HIV treatments with a focus on the “New York Patient” – third person in the world to be cured of HIV.

Bestselling author, Delia Ephron (You’ve Got Mail, The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants) who received a lifesaving haplo-cord transplant for leukemia, will discuss her latest book and memoir, “Left on 10th: A Second Chance at Life.”

Leukemia specialist, Dr. Gail Roboz (Weill Cornell / New York Presbyterian) who treated Delia, will discuss the important role of cord blood in cancer treatments.

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Learn about cord blood stem cells.

Cord blood stem cells are currently used to treat over 80 different life-threatening diseases such as leukemia, lymphoma and sickle cell anemia. Cord blood stem cells are also proving critical to new areas of cell therapy to potentially treat HIV and regenerative medicine to potentially treat spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, autism and much more.

Using cord blood is no longer science-fiction or just a “hope.” It is being used on a daily basis. ​To date there have been over 40,000 cord blood transplants worldwide.

Yet, sadly, most of the general public is not aware of the need to preserve this valuable natural resource. In the majority of births (easily over 98% in some countries), cord blood is thrown away as medical waste. Why? Why throw it away if it can help someone? The answer is lack of awareness and cord blood education.

Without updated information regarding cord blood, doctors and parents will continue to throw it away. . . a wasted opportunity.

Governments and policy makers worldwide need relevant and accurate information about cord blood stem cells in order to establish policies that help the greater good without hampering innovation. Tomorrow’s parents also need unbiased and accurate information on cord blood so that they can make the best best choice for their families and their communities.

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Knowledge is power. Learn about cord blood stem cells because even just one conversation could save a life.

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