Recorded Webinar with Dr. Heidi Elmoazzen: Maximizing Opportunities for Transplant: Strategies to Improve the Quality of Cord Blood Inventory

Share the Science

Watch the recorded webinar to hear Dr. Heidi Elmoazzen, director of the Cord Blood Bank and Stem Cell Manufacturing of Canadian Blood Services, discuss strategies to improve the quality of inventory in cord blood banks and strategies to increase the utilization of banked cord blood units.

 Webinar Summary

Dr. Elmoazzen discusses strategies for improving the quality of inventory in cord blood banks as well as strategies for increasing the utilization of banked cord blood units. She also addresses some of the factors, including ethnic diversity, total nucleated cell (TNC) count, processing parameters, HLA typing (resolution and NIMA) as well as accreditation, that can help improve selection of cord blood units for transplant. Recently, several authors (Magalon et al., 2015) published data suggesting that characteristics of cord blood units influence their utilization and that this information can be used to model the economic viability and therapeutic value of cord blood banks. Dr. Elmoazzen discusses these authors’ study and examines their cord blood unit utilization score.

You Will Learn:

  • Strategies to improve ethnic diversity within cord blood banks
  • Strategies to improve cord blood inventory
  • The benefits of NIMA typing
  • About the cord blood unit Utilization Score (Magalon et al., 2015) and how to apply it to their cord blood inventory

Heidi Elmoazzen, Ph.D., discusses strategies to improve ethnic diversity and the overall quality of cord blood inventory in order to increase the selection of cord blood units and maximize opportunities for transplant.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Heidi Elmoazzen is the director of Canadian Blood Services’ Cord Blood Bank and Stem Cell Program and is responsible for overseeing the national public cord blood bank and autologous stem cell program.

Dr. Elmoazzen obtained her doctorate degree in medical sciences from the University of Alberta with a concentration in cryobiology. She then went on to do a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Mass. Following her fellowship, she became an instructor at Harvard Medical School and an assistant in bioengineering in the Department of Surgery and Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Her area of research was focused on fertility preservation and developing novel biopreservation techniques for stem cells and reproductive cells.

Her main areas of expertise and experience include bio-preservation, stem cell banking and translational medicine. She has published two book chapters on stem cell preservation as well as more than 30 journal papers. She also has more than 80 contributed and invited presentations at various national and international meetings.



columbusMediware and Save the Cord Foundation are proud to bring you this exclusive speaker series to discuss the topics you and your peers are most interested in. Join us as we feature your colleagues to discuss their latest research, opinions on industry news and so much more. We look forward to having you on board for this exciting series!