Cord Blood Transplant Resources and Research

Support for cord selection and patient care

When you’re considering cord blood as a graft source for your patient’s transplant, you may have questions on cord selection, conditioning regimens or post-transplant care for your patients. Or, you may be looking for research to support your decisions.

On this page, explore support options available for you and your team and access journal articles related to cord blood transplantation.

Download the NMDP/Be The Match Cord Blood eBook

Cord blood unit selection and transplant support 

Cord Blood Consultation service

Our Cord Blood Consultation service provides you direct contact with an experienced cord blood transplant physician who works in a transplant center. The physician can help you select the best CBU for your patient and discuss conditioning regimens and prophylactic antivirals and antifungals.

Donor and cord blood unit selection guidelines

Access the 2019 unrelated donor and cord blood unit selection guidelines for a summary of current evidence-based research for search and selection, including non-HLA criteria such as CBU quality and cell dose. 

We’ve also summarized the guidelines for you in an on-demand webinar featuring our Director of Laboratory Services, Jason Dehn, and CIBMTR® Scientific Director, Bronwen Shaw, MD, PhD. Access the webinar

Search Strategy Advice

Our Search Strategy Advice service flags Cure-Ready CBUs. Cure-Ready CBUs provide you with access to ethnically diverse units with high TNC/CD34+ counts. We partnered with cord blood banks and labs to perform  high-resolution NGS typing and release testing/potency testing, which eliminates the typical 14-day wait for testing results. 

Cord blood bank Global Search Tool

Access an overview of domestic and international cord blood banks to help you select the best cord source for your patients. The report includes identification codes; the median turnaround time of typing and shipment requests; and location of source in the Unified List Type in MatchSource®.

“How to” guide to cord blood transplantation

Optimal Practices in Unrelated Donor Cord Blood Transplantation for Hematologic Malignancies offers cord blood transplantation best practices from patient and cord blood unit selection through post-transplant care.

Published in Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation, the how-to guide is based on the best practices of six U.S. transplant centers with experience in cord blood transplantation.

Cord blood transplant research 

Extending transplant availability to more patients 

Improving speed to transplant

Lower chronic graft-versus-host disease incidence 

Greater graft-versus-leukemia effect

Understanding main technical procedures by public cord blood banks


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