The Cord Blood Connect international congress is more than a scientific research conference. It’s a seminal event for keeping abreast of developments in the cord blood and perinatal tissue field, making connections with peers, and profiting from a wide array of education and training opportunities.
Here are three top reasons to attend:
- Experience world-class faculty and content. The congress features more acknowledged cord blood banking and therapy experts than any conference anywhere.
- Improve your technical skills. Participate in education and training sessions, developed by professionals who are familiar with the needs and interests of banking personnel.
- Network with your peers. Sessions have been designed to facilitate one-on-one and group participation.
What You Can Expect
Here’s a rundown of Cord Blood Connect preparations with just 35 days left until the Opening Session.
Scientific Program: Peruse the agenda. You’ll find renowned authorities leading sessions on state-of-the art science, reviews 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. Continuing medical education (CME) credit will be offered.
Technical Program: A wide spectrum of sessions on cord blood and perinatal tissue collection, processing, storage, release and bank administration. Personnel on the frontlines of cord blood banking will lead sessions on banking economics and logistics, manufacturing and quality specifications, international and domestic shipping and transplantation, alternative uses for birthing tissues, and education for prenatal and pediatric health providers. Continuing medical laboratory education (CMLE) credit will be offered.
Networking: The congress is purposely designed to promote interaction and networking among participants. 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.
Pre-Registration: Last year’s congress attracted 325 attendees from 33 countries, and pre-registrations for this year are even stronger. The registration fee has been kept low – less than half of similar conferences – so that cord blood banks and other facilities can send multiple staff members to cover concurrent sessions, network with others doing parallel activity in the field, and learn as a team.
Abstracts: The abstract review committee has accepted more than two dozen scientific and technical abstracts for poster presentation. Four have been selected as Best Abstracts for oral presentation. You can meet all the authors in a poster session on Saturday evening.
Collaborators: Fifteen 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 will hold a pre-congress day of sessions Sept. 12 on topics such as global perspectives of cord blood transplants, serious clinical events and reactions, and analysis of cellular viability in thawed cord blood. 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 Perinatal Stem Cell Society will be conducting a pre-congress day of sessions, also on Sept. 12, that focus on current perinatal product offerings by cord blood banks and provide insights into the perinatal tissue industry and “361” FDA-regulated products. This pre-congress day also requires a separate registration.
Exhibits: The “Solutions Center” exhibit hall has been enlarged this year. You can visit with representatives of companies that provide products and services to the cord blood community.
Corporate Support: The commitment of industry to Cord Blood Connect is phenomenal. Major funding has come from Cord Blood Registry (Platinum support); PerkinElmer Viacord (Gold support); Celularity, Cryo-Cell International, Gamida Cell, StemCyte and the National Marrow Donor Program (Silver support).
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. The hotel and environs were overwhelmingly applauded by last year’s attendees.
If you attend only one cord blood meeting over the next 12 months, this is the one you won’t want to miss . . . . the one that everyone will be talking about.