July is Cord Blood Awareness Month, an internationally recognized campaign that helps mothers, families, physicians, and researchers learn more about cord blood and cord blood banking. Cord blood is the blood left over in the umbilical cord immediately following the birth of a newborn baby and is a rich source of hematopoietic stem cells. Cord blood stem cells can develop into other blood cell types, including oxygen-carrying red blood cells as well as disease fighting immune cells that have the ability treat life-threatening illnesses or conditions, such as leukaemia, spinal cord injury, Type 1 Diabetes, and cerebral palsy.
The cord blood awareness campaign continues until the end of this month, but the cord blood collection process occurs year round. To learn more, here are a few clips from a presentation by Dr. Ian Rogers, presented at the StemCellTalks symposium in Toronto in March 2010.
About the author: Gary Parkinson is a content writer, who discusses the latest trends and stories in the cord blood industry on Insception Lifebank. Creative and informative, Gary keeps his eyes, ears, and searches open to find the latest stories that could help other families potentially change their lives using umbilical cord blood stem cells.
Our regular feature, Right Turn, showcases the “lighter” side of stem cells and regenerative medicine. Every Friday, we will bring you cartoons, photos, videos and other content that may be just as thought provoking as the written submissions that you are used to finding here, but they definitely won’t be blogs.
As always, we welcome your feedback and we also welcome suitable submissions. Be creative! Use the right (!) side of your brain. Make us laugh! Let’s see if we can make this new direction a positive one for all of us. Send your submission to info(at)ccrm.ca.