Friday, Aug. 31, is the final day for pre-registration rates for the Cord Blood Connect international congress. Beginning the next day, on-site registration rates apply.
More than 300 have registered for the congress, and all space has been sold in the Solutions Center exhibit hall. An updated agenda can be accessed online.
Scientific Program: Renowned authorities will lead CME-accredited sessions on the state of cord blood science, a review of clinical outcomes, advances in hematopoietic cell transplantation, engineering of cord blood grafts, cord blood-derived
immunotherapies, the potential power of mesenchymal stem cells, emerging uses of cord blood in regenerative medicine, and understanding and optimizing approaches to regulation of cellular therapies.
Technical Program: Meanwhile, personnel on the frontlines of cord blood banking will lead CMLE-accredited sessions on banking economics and logistics, cord blood collection and public education, manufacturing and quality specifications, international and domestic shipping and transplantation, alternative uses for birthing tissues, and education for prenatal and pediatric health providers.
Networking: The congress is designed to promote interaction and networking among participants. Several of the sessions have been structured for “TED talk”-type presentations and “speed dating” at breakout tables. A mobile app will feature a “Meet Up” function that enables attendees to request and accept one-on-one meetings at suggested times and places.
Ancillary Programs and Events: Fourteen organizations within, or closely allied to, cord blood banking and therapies have helped with the design and development of the congress. Some will have their own adjacent workshops, conferences, meetings and social events. For example, AABB is sponsoring the Welcome Reception. WMDA/NetCord and FACT have organized a pre-conference workshop on global perspectives of cord blood transplants, ethical dilemmas, and common deficiencies in accreditation. FACT also will be conducting a half-day Quality Boot Camp, and a half-day cord blood bank inspector training program. Separate registration is required. The day after the congress, a by-invitation Regenerative Medicine InterCHANGE conference will bring together representatives of at least 15 health care organizations to discuss issues in the fast-evolving field of regenerative medicine.
Celebration: Although principally a forward-looking event, Cord Blood Connect will also pay homage to those who have built the foundation upon which the community stands. “The Innovators” is a plenary session that will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the first cord blood transplant and the achievements of the Original Pioneers as well as Today’s Pioneers in the field. Eliane Gluckman, MD, who performed the first cord blood transplant in 1988, will be presented with CBA’s first Lifetime Achievement Award. Several others involved in that event also will be on stage, including the first cord blood transplant recipient (five years of age at the time of his transplant).
Exciting Venue: And not to be overlooked, the venue, Loews Miami Beach Hotel, is oceanside in the heart of the fabled South Beach neighborhood with its trendy restaurants, shops and attractions.