WCBD 2019 Virtual Online Conference
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Over 30 Years of Success in Cord Blood Transplants
Session will run approximately 9am -11:20am Eastern Time
Welcome & Intro – Charis Ober (Save the Cord Foundation): Overview of the purpose of World Cord Blood Day and the day’s agenda highlighting over 30 years of success in cord blood transplants.
Interview with Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg (Duke Department of Pediatrics, Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development): World-renowned cord blood expert, Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg will speak about the evolution of cord blood transplants over the years and why cord blood holds so much potential in regenerative medicine.
“Introduction to Cord Blood for Parents” – Special educational video in collaboration with Carolinas Cord Blood Bank: Learn the facts about cord blood, as we walk together through the lab at Carolinas Cord Blood Bank and watch Dr. Kurtzberg start the cord blood transplant process with a young child.
“Cord Blood Stem Cell Transplantation: Increasing Access to Transplant Care” – Dr. Karen Ballen (University of Virginia - School of Medicine): Dr. Ballen will discuss her research and why for those waiting for a stem cell transplant, access equals success. By providing better access to cord blood stem cell transplants, can transplant doctors increase the odds of success for their patients?
Interview with a Cord Blood Recipient (received donated cord blood) – Alexes Harris, Ph.D.: Alexes Harris was devastated when she was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. Rather than settling for a less than optimal bone marrow match, Dr. Filippo Milano at Fred Hutch introduced Alexes to another option with better outcomes: a stem cell transplant from donated umbilical cord blood. Discover Alexes’ amazing journey to recovery.
Interview with Dave Murphy and Monroe Burgess from Quick Specialized Healthcare Logistics: Charis Ober leads an in-depth interview with the cord blood transportation experts at Quick Specialized Healthcare Logistics. Time is always critical for the transport of organs and cord blood units; however, many other criteria must be met along the way. Learn how Quick works behind the scenes and discover how the team responded on 9/11 when air traffic in the US was brought to an immediate halt.
Meet the Inspiring Partners of World Cord Blood Day 2019: Charis Ober will introduce each of the Inspiring Partners and explain their roles within the cord blood industry.
* There will be a short 10 minute pause
between the morning and afternoon sessions*
New Directions in Cord Blood Research
Session will run approximately 11:30am - 3:15pm Eastern Time
Welcome Back– Charis Ober (Save the Cord Foundation): Review of the morning session and introduction to the afternoon sessions.
Educating the Next Generation: Meet the Interns at Save the Cord Foundation: Today’s students are tomorrow’s doctors, nurses, lawmakers and parents. We owe it to them to educate them on cord blood’s vital role as a medical resource. Meet the interns from Save the Cord Foundation at the University of Arizona who play an active role in educating their peers and the public at large.
Clinical Trial Update: Potential Use of Cord Blood for Spinal Cord Injury – Dr. Wise Young (Rutgers University & the WM Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience): In this interview, Dr. Wise Young will walk us through the latest advances in his research to potentially treat chronic spinal cord injury with a combination of cord blood stem cells and lithium. He will also address the potential use of cord blood units that are sometimes rejected by public banks simply because they are too small for traditional transplant use. He explains why even the smallest quantities of cord blood are precious.
“Cord Blood-Derived Cellular Therapy” – Dr. Elizabeth Shpall (MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas): In this presentation, Dr. Elizabeth Shpall will highlight recent advances in cord blood expansion and cord blood-derived cellular therapy. She will discuss how these advances have influenced her own work and go in-depth regarding her own clinical research using cord blood tissue MSCs. She will review why and how cord blood tissue could be used and why it may be superior to MSCs sourced from bone marrow.
Clinical Trial Update: From Expansion to Potential HIV Treatment – Dr. Filippo Milano (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center): In this brief interview, Dr. Filippo Milano reviews successes from recent clinical trials and highlights new international co-operative efforts between his team at Fred Hutch and Dr. Guy Sauvageu from the IRIC in Canada. He will also discuss the recently launched ground-breaking clinical trial he is leading to study the potential use of cord blood to cure/prevent HIV.
Interview with Cord Blood Recipient (received his own cord blood) - Luke Fryer and his family: Luke’s parents had no idea if they would ever use their child’s privately banked cord blood. They just knew that what they did for one child, they would do for all their children. It was a choice they did not regret. Luke was diagnosed with cerebral palsy after missing many of his milestones as a baby. His parents put their hope in cord blood and a clinical trial being led at the time by Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg when Luke was 18 months old. Now, Luke is a thriving, active 10-year-old. Watch Luke in action!
(Hint: he loves basketball!)
Clinical Trial Update: Cord Blood for Autism, CP & Stroke – Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg (Duke Department of Pediatrics, Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development): Dr. Kurtzberg’s research has focused on children with selective inborn errors of metabolism. Her work has shown that cord blood cells, administered intravenously after myeloablative therapy engraft in the brain. In addition, DUOC-01, a cord blood derived cellular therapy that promotes myelination, is undergoing testing to augment standard umbilical cord blood treatment in children with leukodystrophies. In this presentation, Dr. Kurtzberg will discuss her on-going research using cord blood to potentially treat autism, cerebral palsy and stroke. She also will explore the potential use of DUOC-1 and highlight the importance of quality control considering the numerous new potential clinical applications of cord blood.
Closing & Thank You – Charis Ober (Save the Cord Foundation): Review of the day, thank you to speakers, social media, etc.