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Recorded Presentation: Share the Science Exclusive with Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg at AABB 2017


Thanks to those who attended our live event at AABB in San Diego. If you missed it, or would like to rewatch, Dr. Kurtzberg has supplied the audio recording and slides from her presentation, “Novel applications of cord blood derived therapies for genetic and acquired brain diseases.”


Cord blood cells can work through paracrine and trophic mechanisms to help endogenous cells heal brain tissue damaged by disease or injury. Learning from observations made using unrelated donor umbilical cord blood transplant after myeloablative chemotherapy to treat children with certain inherited metabolic diseases, cord blood therapies have been developed to treat children with acquired brain injuries, like hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, cerebral palsy, and autism. Results of preclinical and IND-enabling studies will be presented to provide information about safety and potential mechanisms of action of cord blood cells in this setting. Data from early phase human clinical trials for safety and efficacy in these diseases will be presented by the speaker.


  • The history and evolution of cord blood banking and transplant
  • About quality measures of cord blood units
  • About new clinical applications for cord blood therapies

Joanne Kurtzberg, MD,  discusses the safety and feasibility of using autologous cord blood infusion in young children with autism spectrum disorder.



Joanne Kurtzberg, MD

Director, Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Program

Chief Scientific and Medical Officer, Robertson Clinical and Translational Cell Therapy Program

Director, Carolinas Cord Blood Bank

Co-Director, Stem Cell Laboratory

Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg is an internationally renowned expert in pediatric hematology/oncology, pediatric blood and marrow transplant, umbilical cord blood banking and transplant, and novel applications of cord blood in the emerging fields of cellular therapies and regenerative medicine.

Over the last two decades, Dr. Kurtzberg has established an internationally known pediatric transplant program; one of the largest unrelated donor cord blood banks, the Carolinas Cord Blood Bank, in the world; and the Julian Robertson Cell and Translational Therapy Program (CT2) at Duke.

Dr. Kurtzberg has published more than 300 peer-reviewed papers, multiple chapters, and scientific reviews. She is a member of the American Society of Hematology, the American Association of Blood and Marrow Transplantation, the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, the International Society of Cellular Therapies, the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Consortium (PBMTC), and other organizations. She serves on the Board of the Foundation of Accreditation of Cellular Therapies, Advisory Council of Blood Stem Cell Transplantation to Health and Human Services. Dr. Kurtzberg was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the PBMTC in 2012.


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