What are stem cells? Learn all about it!

What are stem cells? Stem cells are naïve, undifferentiated cells, that are able to divide and mature into specialised cell types. Stem cells are essential for the development, maintenance and renewal of all tissues and organs in the body. Thus, stem cells have huge potential for the treatment of various diseases and conditions, as they can facilitate regeneration of damaged tissues, and provide nourishment to other cells in the surrounding environment.   What is cord blood? Cord blood refers to the blood remaining in the placenta and the attached umbilical cord following child birth. This blood…

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Cord Blood Offers a Cure for Sickle Cell Disease

Sickle cell

One of the greatest success stories of cord blood transplantation to date is its unrivalled ability to treat sickle cell disease (SCD).   “Expectant mothers who have a child with SCD should be counselled and informed about the importance of saving their baby’s cord blood for potential transplant of the child with SCD… SCD patients and parents of children with SCD should know about the ability of stem cell transplants to cure this affliction.” Dr. Naynesh Kamani, AABB   SCD is the most common inherited blood disorder in the UK,…

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The World’s First Cord Blood Recipient Delivers Life-Saving Cord Blood to 2-year-old Leukaemia Patient

First Cord Blood

Matthew Farrow, the world’s first ever umbilical cord blood recipient, has personally delivered a life-saving cord blood sample to a 2-year-old leukaemia patient from Orlando, Florida.   Matthew’s receives the world’s first cord blood transplant Matthew was five years old when his parents made the brave decision to allow an international team of medics to use a cord blood stem cell transplant to treat their son’s Fanconi Anaemia, a life limiting inherited bone marrow failure syndrome (IBMFS). Children with Fanconi Anaemia suffer from a range of symptoms including bleeding and…

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How this week’s cord blood breakthrough could help your child

cord blood breakthrough

In one of the most exciting breakthroughs for umbilical cord blood to date, Doctors at Duke University in North Carolina have received permission to offer cord blood stem cell therapy for a range of acquired neurological disorders including cerebral palsy and autism. Following the success of a series of trials at the leading medical university using cord blood to treat cerebral palsy, this expanded access trial will enable more children than ever before to receive a treatment proven to improve day to day functioning. “The registration of this clinical trial…

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Umbilical cord blood infusion used to improve motor skills in children with cerebral palsy

Cerebral palsy – cord blood stem cell infusion - cellplan

The NHS defines cerebral palsy as: “a group of lifelong conditions that affect movement and coordination, caused by a problem with the brain that occurs before, during or soon after birth.” Up until now, there has been no cure for cerebral palsy, but an exciting new study by leading stem cell scientists at Duke University, North Carolina, has successfully used umbilical cord blood to improve motor skills in some children with the condition, leaving specialists optimistic that cord blood stem cells will improve the lives of sufferers in the future. …

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Dr. Peter Hollands Explains How CellPlan Unlocks the Potential of Cord Blood Banking

Dr. Peter Hollands is the Chief Scientific Officer of Wide Cells Group PLC and a founding father of modern regenerative medicine. His stem cell research began at Cambridge University in the late1970’s and he continues to work at the threshold of human knowledge and understanding of stem cells and their therapeutic potential. We talked to Dr. Hollands about his own professional journey, and about how stem cell science has progressed during his career. Dr. Hollands also shared his insights into the future of regenerative medicine and the roles of umbilical…

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Neuroblastoma: Stem Cells Used to Treat Childhood Cancer


Neuroblastoma is a rare type of cancer that most commonly affects babies and young children. ‘neuro’ means nerve ‘blast’ means cells in early development ‘oma’ means a group of cells, or a tumour Like other cancers neuroblastoma can spread to other parts of the body, most commonly the bones, liver and skin. This happens in about half of children with neuroblastoma as the cancer spreads through the blood and lymphatic system. [ii] The cause of neuroblastoma is unknown and while there are very rare cases where children in the same…

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Leukaemia and stem cell transplantation

Leukaemia – cord blood stem cell transplantation - cellplan

Leukaemia is a cancer of the blood. There are around 9,500 new cases of leukaemia in the UK every year.[i] Leukaemia usually starts in the bone marrow, where  blood cells are made. It leads to the overproduction of abnormal white blood cells, the part of the immune system that normally defends the body against infection. In healthy people, stem cells (haemopoietic stem cells, or HSCs) in the bone marrow divide to produce more stem cells or immature cells that become mature blood cells over time. Bone marrow stem cells can…

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