‘New’ Just Doesn’t Cut It

A convention industry newsletter this past week said that “Too many meetings incorrectly focus on what’s new, when they should be centered on what’s important.”

The organizers of Cord Blood Connect have been guided by this truth in creating the sessions that await you at the international congress next month in Miami Beach.

Again this year, the congress agenda will have three major components:

  • A scientific track in which investigators report on important preclinical and clinical studies that are pushing forward the boundaries of cord blood and perinatal tissue therapies.
  • A technical track that explores best practices in cord blood collection, processing, storage, release and administration.
  • Plenary sessions presenting strategic information and ideas that are important for everyone in the cord blood community.

Add to these a poster session, presentation of best abstracts, commercial exhibits, welcome reception and ample opportunities for peers to network and connect.

“The congress is structured not only to meet everyone’s professional needs and interests, but also to encourage networking because we know often the most valuable information can come from discussion with peers outside of formal presentations,” said CBA President Joanne Kurtzberg, MD.

An example of “what’s important” is the President’s Session on Sunday, Sept. 15, that will address pressing issues in regulations, ethical research and clinical trials. The head of the FDA Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Peter Marks, MD, PhD, will explain his agency’s approach to regulation of products derived from cord blood. The same session will help answer questions about who owns stored cord blood units and cord tissue, and who has the right to decide how they are used. The session will conclude with a panel, including cord blood bankers, who will discuss the implications.

Pre-registrations are exceeding last year’s inaugural congress attended by representatives of 33 nations. Although the deadline for guaranteed housing has passed, there are still some guest rooms at the group rate available at the headquarters Loews Miami Beach Hotel.