Volume 2.00 | Jan 7

Cord Blood News 2.00, January 7, 2010.
In this issue: Science News  |  Current Publications  |  Industry News  |  Policy News  |  Events


Sheep’s Own Cord Blood Helps Heart Damage
In a study with sheep, self-donated, also called autologous, cord blood stem cells played an important role in heart repair following surgery. [University of Rostock, Rostock]

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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Study Shows that Protein Linked to Leukemia “Bookmarks” Highly Active Genes During Cell Division
Newly formed cells inherit the knowledge of which genes need to become highly active right away thanks to a helpful protein that “bookmarks” these genes during the division of their parent cell. [Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor]

3D Printer Builds Artificial Blood Vessels
A San Diego company is developing technology to “print” artificial blood vessels for transplant. The initial goal is to create an arterial graft for use in coronary bypass surgery. [Organovo Inc, San Diego]

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Human-Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells from Blood Cells of Healthy Donors and Patients with Acquired Blood Disorders
Researchers report derivation of induced pluripotent stem cells from postnatal human blood cells and the potential of these pluripotent cells for disease modeling. [Blood]

Autologous Umbilical Cord Blood Mononuclear Cell Transplantation Preserves Right Ventricular Function in a Novel Model of Chronic Right Ventricular Volume Overload
Researchers aimed to evaluate the feasibility and efficacy of autologous umbilical cord blood mononuclear cell transplantation on right ventricular (RV) function in a novel model of chronic RV volume overload. [Cell Transplant]

Life-Sparing Effect of Human Cord-Blood Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Experimental Acute Kidney Injury
In search for new sources of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) for renal repair in acute kidney injury (AKI), researchers investigated the potential of human cord blood MSCs to cure mice with AKI. [Stem Cells]

Clinical Expansion of Cord Blood-Derived T Cells for Use as Donor Lymphocyte Infusion after Cord Blood Transplantation
When exposed to allogeneic targets, expanded cord blood (CB) T cells proliferated at comparable levels to their ex-vivo and adult blood counterparts. Clinical expansion of CB T cells for donor lymphocyte infusion is feasible and may be a future modality for treatment of graft failure or relapse after allogeneic stem cell transplantation. [J Immunother]

Ex-vivo Expanded Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cells Retain Capacity for Myocardial Regeneration
The aim of this study was to investigate the ex-vivo expansion potential of UCB-derived HPCs and the ability of these expanded cells to migrate to the site of damage and improve ventricular function in a rodent model of myocardial infarction. [Circ J]



China Cord Blood Corporation Announces Full Exercise of Over-Allotment Option
China Cord Blood Corporation announced that the underwriters of its recent public offering of common stock have exercised the remaining portion of their over-allotment option, which will result in the issuance of an additional 181,000 ordinary shares.

School of Medicine Receives $30 Million Grant to Coordinate a Consortium of National Stem Cell Experts
A University of Maryland School of Medicine researcher will lead the coordinating center for a consortium of the nation’s most prominent scientists in the field of stem cell research. The coordinating center will be funded by a $30 million grant over seven years.


House Targets Blood Banks, Bill would Force Blood Banks to More Fully Open Financial Books to the Public
Efforts to reform Florida’s blood-banking industry are spreading from the state Senate to the House, where a legislator has filed a bill that would force the centers to more fully open up their financial books to the public. [Florida Senate, United States]

Fourth Edition Cord Blood Standards Published
The fourth edition of the NetCord-FACT International Standards for Cord Blood Collection, Processing, and Release for Administration has been published. The accompanying Accreditation Manual, Inspection Checklist, Document Checklist, and crosswalks to the third edition are also available. [Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy, United States]

Cancellation of Notice NOT-CA-09-017, Clarification of Page Limitations for Research Plan in PAR-09-026 Collaborative Research in Integrative Cancer Biology and the Tumor Microenvironment (U01) (NOT-OD-10-029) [National Institutes of Health, United States]

Notice on P40 Page Limits (NOT-RR-10-002) [National Institutes of Health, United States]

Academic Research Enhancement Award (Parent R15) (PA-10-070) [National Institutes of Health, United States]

Technologies and Software to Support Integrative Cancer Biology Research (R43/R44) [Small Business Innovation Research, United States]

UK Stem Cell Tool Kit, A Regulatory Tool For Those Conducting Human Stem Cell Research in the United Kingdom [Medical Research Council, United Kingdom]


2010 BMT Tandem Meetings
February 24-28, 2010
Orlando, United States

36th Annual Meeting of the European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation
March 21-24, 2010
Vienna, Austria

12th Biennial CBMTG Conference
April 7-10, 2010
Vancouver, Canada

16th Annual ISCT Meeting
May 23-26, 2010
Philadelphia, United States 

8th Annual International Umbilical Cord Blood Transplantation Symposium
June 3-5, 2010
San Francisco, United States

Select Bioscience’s World Biobanking Summit
August 24-25, 2010
Edinburgh, Scotland

36th Annual ASHI Meeting
September 26-30, 2010
Hollywood, United States



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