Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Stem-Cell Research : Take It to the Bank

The cord blood bank, that is. The Nebraska Coalition for Ethical Research is putting on an event next month that will appeal to everyone. It's called, "Take It to the Bank: Saving Umbilical Cord Blood for Stem Cell Cures."

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One of the most exciting areas of stem-cell research involves umbilical cord blood. Cord blood is proving to be a treasure trove of stem cells capable of treating a variety of conditions.

NCER is bringing Dr. Gerry Sotomayor, a career obstetrician who is moving into full-time promotion of umbilical cord blood banking, to Omaha to explain how easy it is to save cord blood, and how stem cells retrieved from cord blood are being used to successfully treat neurodegenerative diseases, blood disorders, spinal cord injuries, and other conditions.

We are recruiting leading individuals and institutions, especially those in medical science, to help get the message out about how easy and beneficial it is to save cord blood. Our goal is reflected in the news story posted yesterday, which includes observations from Dr. Sotomayor. Click here for that story.

We understand that stem-cell research is controversial, but the purpose of this event is to accentuate the positive. The focus is the good news about banking and using cord blood. As the enclosed story indicates, the governor of Georgia has taken the lead in promoting cord blood banking in his state. Perhaps a similar effort can take root in Nebraska.

The event is Oct. 19 at Thompson Alumni Center on the UNO campus with light hors d'oeuvres at 6:30 p.m. and program at 7:15 p.m. followed by Q&A. It's free and open to the public.

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