The Cord Blood Connect international congress this year will be on two non-consecutive days, Sept. 10 and 17.
The scheduling of the congress takes advantage of the online format. Participants won’t have to be tied to a laptop, tablet or smart phone for consecutive days.
Each day the congress will be webcast live for morning and afternoon viewing in the Western Hemisphere, and afternoon and evening viewing in Europe and Africa. The live webcast will enable real-time panel discussions and audience Q&A. A taped-delay of each full day will be replayed for daytime viewing in Asia, Australia and the Pacific Rim.
For the 12 months after the congress, all sessions will be available for on-demand access by congress registrants who missed or want to re-watch sessions.
The congress agenda is still being finalized, but the preliminary scientific and technical sessions include:
- the latest advances and game changers in cord blood transplantation
- COVID-19 impact on banking and opportunities for treatment
- ways in which registries are expanding donor availability and access
- regenerative medicine and immunotherapies
- gene therapy with emphasis on sickle cell disease
- birthing tissues as a platform for cellular therapies
- the status of mesenchymal cell technology and clinical trials
- cord blood and tissue banking ethics, legislation and regulation
- diversity in cord blood collections, transplants, family banking and rare diseases
“During these challenging times, it’s more important than ever to stay connected and share information,” said CBA President Joanne Kurtzberg, MD. “As excited as we were about a robust, memorable in-person congress in Miami Beach, the decision to convene online was driven by concern for the health and safety of our attendees, faculty, exhibitors and staff.”
Details about registration, abstract submission and exhibits will be announced in the coming days.