Abstracts Address Technical Topics

Microbial contaminations before and after cryopreservation is the topic of an abstract that provides insights into the effects of dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) and cryopreservation in units with positive sterility, says Sharon Miller, MT(ASCP),

CHS(ABHI), of the University of Colorado Cord Blood Bank, chair of the technical sessions at Cord Blood Connect. “The study suggests which organisms are less likely to be detected after DMSO exposure and freeze,” she said.

Another abstract in the manufacturing and cell engineering category identifies benefits of full HLA typing of cord blood units, for purposes other than hematopoietic reconstitution. “This abstract also considers the legal issues of how to retrospectively consent a cord blood donor for iPSC lines,” she said.

Recipients of the Best Abstract Awards will present their research orally during the “Pioneering Innovators” session on Saturday, Sept. 15. Afterwards, you can talk with abstract authors at a Poster Session Reception.

Technical sessions at Cord Blood Connect include:

  • Economics and logistics of cord blood banking
  • Cord blood collection procedures and public education
  • Manufacturing and quality specifications
  • International and domestic shipping and transplantation
  • Alternative uses for birthing tissues
  • Education for prenatal and pediatric health care providers

Preview the complete agenda for the congress.