Navigation Links
University of Colorado gets federal award for Cord Blood Bank

AURORA, Colorado (Oct. 6, 2010) The University of Colorado Cord Blood Bank, a component of ClinImmune Labs and the University of Colorado School of Medicine, has been awarded $6.3 million to collect and bank umbilical cord blood, with an emphasis on donors from minority groups.

The three-year grant is from the Health Resources and Services Administration, a division of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Umbilical cord blood, collected from the placenta after a baby is born, is rich in stem cells and can be used to treat patients with blood-related illnesses such as leukemia.

ClinImmune Labs is an academic component of the medical school that provides genetic testing for transplant patients in addition to stem cell processing and umbilical cord blood banking. The bank will use the funding to support an additional 5,000 cord blood units.

"We are so grateful to the Colorado women who selflessly donate their babies' cord blood to our public bank and to the hospitals that collect this life-saving product," says Brian Freed, PhD, professor of medicine and immunology at CU's School of Medicine and executive director of ClinImmune Labs.

The grant will also allow expansion of cord blood collection to Arizona in collaboration with the Arizona Biomedical Research Commission.

This contract will focus on collecting cord blood from minorities in order to expand the cord blood bank's genetic diversity and increase the chances for minority patients requiring cord blood transplantation to find a genetic match.

Freed says having the right cord blood available can be a matter of life and death.

"Currently, almost 10,000 leukemia patients needing a bone marrow transplant die every year in the U.S. because they cannot find a suitably matched stem cell donor," Freed says. "Cord blood transplants now make up one quarter of all bone marrow transplants in this country, compared to less than 2 percent in 2000. Caucasian patients have a 90 percent chance of finding a well-matched cord blood donor, but African-American patients have only a 50 percent chance."

Three Colorado hospitals will participate as part of the federal contract renewal: Denver Health Medical Center and Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver, and Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins. In addition, the cord blood bank is expanding cord blood collections to women delivering at other hospitals throughout Colorado through the Adult Stem Cell Cure Fund.


Contact: Dan Meyers
University of Colorado Denver

Related medicine news :

1. University of Virginia Health System Medical Laboratories Selects Sunquest's Specimen Collection Solution
2. Akron Institute of Herzing University Launches Its First Bachelors Degree Programs to Prepare Students for Even Greater Success in Business, Health Care and IT
3. Most pandemic plans in Ontario hospitals have not been tested: Queens University study
4. San Diego State University and BIOCOM Institute Receive $4.95 Million Grant: The BRIDGE Project, Linking Education to Employment in San Diegos Life Sciences Industry
5. Smithsonian Institution, Arizona State University announce education and research partnership
6. Untreated poor vision in elderly linked to dementia, University of Michigan study shows
7. Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. President Joseph F. Page to Speak at University of Michigan
8. Arizona State Universitys Decision Theater offers balance to an off-kilter world
9. Forest City Announces Joint Venture with Health Care REIT for University Park Life Science Properties
10. Herzing University Online Launches Master and Bachelor of Science Degrees in Nursing
11. Nurtur Acquires ActivHealth and Wellness by Choice; Gains Exclusive Partnership with Duke University Center for Living
Post Your Comments:
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... , ... TherapySites, the leading website and online ... Counseling Association. This new relationship allows TherapySites to continue to extend their ... benefits and promotional offers. , "TCA is extremely excited about this new partnership, ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... Quality metrics are proliferating in ... ways they remain in the eye of the beholder, according to experts who offered ... The American Journal of Managed Care. For the full issue, click here . ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... NC (PRWEB) , ... June 26, 2016 , ... Brent Kasmer, a legally blind and ... to be personalized through a fitness app. The fitness app plans to fix the two ... currently only offer a one size fits all type program , They don’t ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... The temporary closing of Bruton Memorial Library on June 21 ... brings up a new, often overlooked aspect of head lice: the parasite’s ability to live ... not a common occurrence, but a necessary one in the event that lice have simply ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... ... non-athletes recover from injury. Recently, he has implemented orthobiologic procedures as a method ... —Johnson is one of the first doctors to perform the treatment. Orthobiologics are ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/26/2016)... June 27, 2016 Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (Nasdaq: ... under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as ... Celator Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ("Celator"; Nasdaq: CPXX ) ... Daylight Time). As previously announced on May ... definitive merger agreement under which Jazz Pharmaceuticals has commenced ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... June 24, 2016  Global Blood Therapeutics, Inc. (GBT) ... developing novel therapeutics for the treatment of grievous ... the closing of its previously announced underwritten public ... the public offering price of $18.75 per share. ... offered by GBT. GBT estimates net proceeds from ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... BEIJING , June 24, 2016 Dehaier ... or the "Company"), which develops, markets and sells medical ... China , signed a strategic cooperation agreement with ... as "Hongyuan Supply Chain") on June 20, 2016, to ... Under the strategic cooperation agreement, Dehaier will leverage Hongyuan ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: