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World Cord Blood Day 2020: Discover Cord Blood's Potential in Stem Cell Transplants and Regenerative Medicine Following Covid-19

World Cord Blood Day 2020 (November 17th – free events online and across the globe) will provide an opportunity for parents, students, doctors, nurses, and midwives to learn about the current uses of cord blood in life-saving stem cell transplants, particularly during Covid-19, and potential future applications in regenerative medicine. 

TUCSON, Ariz., (Aug. 5, 2020) - On November 17th, 2020, students, expectant parents and healthcare professionals are invited to participate in free educational activities being held online and around the globe as part of World Cord Blood Day 2020 (www.WorldCordBloodDay.org). In addition, a free online conference will feature renowned researchers and transplant doctors leading introductory presentations for the public as well as academic lectures specifically designed for healthcare professionals. Attendees will learn about cord blood's vital role in stem cell transplants, particularly during Covid-19, and discover its exciting potential in regenerative medicine. Registration is now open (free, public welcome).

For more than 30 years, cord blood has been used in stem cell transplants to treat over 80 life-threatening diseases including sickle cell anemia, thalassemia, lymphoma and leukemia. Since the onset of Covid-19, transplant doctors have expressed a renewed interest in cord blood because most units currently banked were collected well before the pandemic and are now readily available. Cord blood also holds great promise in regenerative medicine to potentially treat autism, cerebral palsy, hearing loss, stroke, spinal cord injury and more. Yet, cord blood is still thrown away as medical waste in the majority of births worldwide.

"Covid-19 has changed the world overnight. For World Cord Blood Day 2020, our expert speakers will explore cord blood's potential in this new environment while encouraging families and healthcare professionals to continue collecting and storing this vital source of stem cells, whether through cord blood donation or family banking," said Charis Ober, Executive Director of Save the Cord Foundation and organizer of World Cord Blood Day.

World Cord Blood Day 2020 is organized by Save the Cord Foundation (a 501c3 non-profit) and is officially sponsored by Quick Specialized Healthcare Logistics, recognized leader in healthcare and life science shipping and logistics, delivering customized solutions that save lives. Inspiring Partners include Cord Blood Association, Be the Match (NMDP), World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA-Netcord), AABB and FACT. 

Visit www.WorldCordBloodDay.org to learn more and register for the free online conference. Show your support on social media:  @CordBloodDay, #WCBD20 and #WorldCordBloodDay.

About Save the Cord Foundation

Save the Cord Foundation (a 501c3 non-profit) was established to advance cord blood education. The Foundation provides non-commercial information to parents, health professionals and the public regarding methods for saving cord blood, as well as current applications using cord blood and the latest research. Learn more at www.SaveTheCordFoundation.org.

About Quick Specialized Healthcare Logistics

Quick is the trusted logistics leader serving the Healthcare and Life Science community for almost 40 years. Quick safely transports human organs and tissue for transplant or research, blood, blood products, cord blood, bone marrow, medical devices, and personalized medicine, 24/7/365. Quick's specially trained experts work with hospitals, laboratories, blood banks and medical processing canters, and utilize the safest routes to ensure integrity, temperature control and chain of custody throughout the transportation process. Learn more at www.quickhealthcare.aero.