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Cord Blood Bank of Arkansas opens at UAMS

June 02, 2017

Cord blood cells that are harvested after the birth of healthy children have the potential to drastically change the lives of hundreds of millions of Americans through their use in bone marrow transplants and have tremendous promise for regenerating diseased or injured tissues. With the opening of the cord blood bank, Arkansans in all corners of the state now have the opportunity to donate these blood cells for their family's use, public use or research. The statewide cord blood banking network aids in collecting, processing and storing donations. UAMS has one of the largest adult blood cell transplant centers in the country and is the state's central cord blood bank and storage site.

Other speakers at today's opening included Peter Emanuel, M.D., director of the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute; Sharon Bale, a member of another family helped by the use of cord blood; Jennifer Maune, executive director of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; Rep. Jon Woods of Springdale and Art Horne, executive director of development at UAMS.

"With further research and the operation of the efficient national cord blood banking system, more than 100 million Americans and 2 billion people worldwide could potentially be treated or cured of diseases," Fox said. "The next critical step is to let Arkansans know how easy it is to make a difference by donating cord blood following the birth of a healthy child."

Before giving birth, donors request an easy-to-follow kit from the Cord Blood Bank of Arkansas to give their doctor at the time of birth. From there the donated cells are delivered to UAMS for storage. The bank accepts cord blood for public use, private use or research.

SOURCE University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences