Your Invite to the #BANKVIACORD Twitter Party

When it comes to cord blood banking, we know how important it is to do your research. We also know how it can be a little overwhelming to sort through all the information that is out there.  We’d like to make that process a little bit easier by having some fun with a scavenger hunt and giving away some awesome prizes! Read More

Back-to-School #VCGrad Photo Contest

Calling all future graduates!

The first day of a new school year is definitely a big deal, no matter what grade your little scholar is starting.  But, we want to take a minute and fast forward to an even bigger day (that will probably be here before you know it!) – Graduation.  Read More

International Society for Cellular Therapy
(ISCT) 2015

ViaCord Speaker Spotlight

Therapeutic Potential of Heterogeneous Cells Isolated Directly from Cord Tissue
Morey Kraus, Chief Scientific Officer

The International Society for Cellular Therapy (ISCT) is a global society of clinicians, regulators, technologists, and industry partners with a shared vision to translate cellular therapy into safe and effective therapies to improve patients’ lives.  Each year ISCT gathers for an annual meeting that brings great minds together to share work and progress toward  advancing therapies for the benefit of patients worldwide.

This year, over 1200 international delegates are expected to be in attendance at the 21st annual ISCT meeting.   Attendees can expect to hear from clinicians, laboratory professionals, industry leaders from cellular therapy companies, and ViaCord’s very own Chief Scientific Officer, Morey Kraus!  Not only is Morey part of the speaker program, he – along with a team from ViaCord – will also have an abstract poster on display.
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Autism and Cord Blood

Collaborating for a Cause: Autism
A Cord Blood Clinical Trial Underway

ViaCord supports Phase 1 Clinical Trial with Duke University Medical center to study safety of cord blood infusion in children with Autism.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of U.S. children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has sharply increased to 1 in 68 – up 30% from two years ago when the CDC estimated that 1 in 88 children had the disorder. The data also showed that ASD is almost five times more common among boys than girls:
1 in 42 boys versus 1 in 189 girls.1

ASD is a group of disorders characterized by “persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across multiple contexts and restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities.” Although the exact causes of ASD are still unknown, research suggests that both genes and environment play important roles. 2

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Stem Cells In The News

A new edition of Stem Cells In The News is out! Take a quick break, pick up recent stories, and be on your happy (and informed) way…

Stem cells act as ‘first aid kits’ in repairing damaged immune response
via Science Daily

For the first time ever, researchers have shown the process by which stem cells “communicate” with other cells to help modify damaged immune responses around them. The research team, led by the University of Cambridge (UK) highlighted that by understanding this process better, researchers can identify ways of maximizing the efficiency of stem-cell-based therapies. Read more about the fascinating research here.

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One Little Girl’s Big Dream Makes a Big Difference during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month | ViaCord

Helping fight childhood cancer one step at a time. Throughout September thousands of feet across the country have been hitting the pavement with one goal in sight – walk/run ONE MILLION MILES. Why? Because every step taken will help raise money for childhood cancer research through Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation’s (ALSF) ‘Million Mile Run. With so many lives affected by this devastating disease, including some ViaCord families, we were both excited and honored to come together as Team ViaCord to contribute as many miles as possible!

Alex’s Legendary Lemonade Stand Is Born

At 4-years-old Alexandra “Alex” Scott was a girl on a mission to help find a cure for all childhood cancers.  A cancer patient herself, diagnosed shortly before her first birthday with neuroblastoma, Alex told her parents she wanted to raise one million dollars for the cause. How did she plan to do this? The best way a kid knows how – with a lemonade stand in her front yard, of course! In 2004, when Alex sadly lost her battle with cancer at age 8, the foundation bearing her name
pledged to carry on her dream of finding a cure through raising funds for research.  The ‘Million Mile Run’ was created specially in support of September’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

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