Cord Blood Ireland has been designed to educate and share articles related to umbilical blood practices, associated costs & regulations in Ireland.
The primary purpose is to educate parents with accurate information and article links relating to medical therapies and storage options utilising cord blood specific to Ireland. Increasingly used as a rich source of embryonic stem cells, retaining and storing cord blood is dramatically rising.
While already used to treat 75 known illnesses, many parents decide to store these cells in specially designed storage banks which may become useful in the future should the child or close family member become ill.
Current cord blood uses can be segmented into three classifications:
i Standard Therapies
ii Therapies in Clinical Trials
iii Experimental Treatments
Standard Therapies Treatments can also be distinguished between:
i) Allogenic treatment – Where cells from a matching donor are received by the patient
ii) Autologous treament – Where the patient receives their own stored cells
for a full list of current therapies both allogenic and autologous see the Standard Therapy Treatments page
Therapies in Clinical Trials
A increasing number of diseases which have been identified as candidates for treatment by stem cell therapy are listed in the Clinical Trials page
For a full list of experimental stem cell treatments are listed in the Experimental Treatments page
Links to Categories & brief description
What is Cord Blood – Cord Blood history, medical uses, ethics and current affairs.
Cord Blood Banks – Services available and companies licensed for storage.
Storage Costs – Associated costs of storing cells and services available
Legislation – EU Directives and national legislative implementation of stem cell use.
Stem Cell Therapy – Current Treatments, Experimental Treatments and Therapies in Clinical Trials.