National Marrow Donor Program® Increases Cord Blood Units

National Marrow Donor Program® Increases Cord Blood Units Available for Life-Saving Transplants.

The National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP) has added three new cord blood member banks, increasing the number of units on its public cord blood Registry by more than 20 percent.

Now listed on the NMDP Registry are units from the Carolinas Cord Blood Bank at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C.; the StemCyte Taiwan National Cord Blood Center; and the ZKRD German National Registry.

As a result, the NMDP has expanded access and increased the diversity of its public cord blood Registry to more than 36,000 units from 13 member U.S. cord blood banks and two cooperative affiliations to provide the single largest listing in the United States. These new units represent a diverse racial and ethnic mix that will increase the number of minority units, including a 37 percent increase in the number of Black and African American units.

Public cord blood banks collect and process cord blood from mothers who voluntarily donate their cord blood for use by unrelated recipients. The blood in the umbilical cord and placenta is unique because it contains large numbers of the types of cells used in transplantation. Collected after a baby’s birth, cord blood collection poses no risk to the mother or her child.

The NMDP is unique in its ability to provide a streamlined, single source for blood cells used for transplant – marrow, PBSC and umbilical cord blood – in a complete and convenient manner, and to quickly deliver the preferred source to the transplant physician. Thus, the increase in the number of cord blood units provides additional options for patients and their doctors, particularly for people of color.

The NMDP helps people who need a life-saving marrow or blood cell transplant by connecting patients, doctors, donors and researchers to the resources they need.

For more information about marrow and blood cell donation, please contact the NMDP at 1-800-MARROW-2. Online information is available at www.marrow.org

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