|"John is a donor of stem cells umbilical cord"|
This initiative, linked to the network BrasilCord the Ministry of Health and with the collaboration of the transfusion centers from Unicamp and USP - Ribeirão Preto, aims to benefit thousands of Brazilians.
Current applications of stem cells in medicine - Stem cells from umbilical cord are used as an alternative to bone marrow transplant to treat leukemia, lymphoma, aplastic anemia and inherited disorders of blood, like sickle cell anemia and thalassemia. Stem cells are derived mainly from bone marrow and, in addition to its use in bone marrow transplantation, recently they have been used in the treatment of refractory cardiac vascular diseases. Other types of stem cells are derived from preimplantation embryos (blastocysts) have great potential for differentiation and, theoretically, could give rise to any tissue type.
World Overview - Banks Umbilical Cord Blood are being created in several countries, especially the global network NetCord, a nonprofit institution, established in Europe. This network, which already has about 180 thousand units frozen gathers associated banks in Europe, Australia, Israel, USA and Japan
In Brazil, the Ministry of Health regulates the operation of banks of umbilical cord blood. For operation of the bank RedeCord also will adopt the principles of ethical and technical NetCord.
Objectives RedeCord - In 5 years, the RedeCord should reach 10 thousand samples of umbilical cord blood among the 20 thousand samples provided for the initial phase of BrasilCord. Moreover, there is the possibility to exchange samples with foreign banks participating in the global network Netcord, increasing the chances of finding compatible cells for transplantation.