Donna Regan Appointed to Federal Advisory Council on Blood Cell Transplantation

St. Louis, Missouri
Thursday, March 06, 2008

 

Donna M. Regan, MT(ASCP)SBB, Executive Director of the St. Louis Cord Blood Bank, has been appointed to serve on the Advisory Council on Blood Stem Cell Transplantation (ACBSCT) by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary, Mike Leavitt. She is among 23 members chosen for their expertise in various areas of science and medicine involved with stem cell transplantation.  “I am truly honored to work with this fine group of people to advance the understanding and application of cord blood cells for the benefit of patients everywhere” says Regan.

 

The ACBSCT advises Health and Human Services Secretary, Mike Leavitt and Health Resources and Services Administrator, Elizabeth Duke on broad program policy areas focusing on activities of the C. W. Bill Young Cell Transplantation Program and the National Cord Blood Inventory (NCBI). These programs are designed to increase the number of transplants using blood stem cells from adult donors and cord blood, expand the inventory of cord blood from diverse populations, and enhance the number of cord blood units available for research.

 

Regan has worked with the St. Louis Cord Blood Bank since 1995, a program which has produced 17,000 high quality, stem cell products from umbilical cord blood donations.  The program is registered with the Food and Drug Administration and holds accreditation by the AABB (formerly the American Association of Blood Banks). The St. Louis Cord Blood Bank has distributed more than 1275 products for unrelated transplant.

 

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Cord blood is the blood that remains in the placenta and umbilical cord when a baby is born. It contains adult stems cells that can be used to treat over 70 diseases including leukemia, lymphoma, and sickle cell anemia. The collection procedure is completely painless for mother and baby. It does not interfere with the birthing process. And, if there is any concern about the safety of mother or baby, collection does not occur.

 

Established in 1995, the St. Louis Cord Blood Bank is the second largest independent public cord blood bank in the world. It accepts only donations of umbilical cord blood, then processes, stores, and makes them available to patients in need of stem cell therapy. These cord blood units are listed with the National Marrow Donor Program. Mothers and families interested in donating cord blood should call 314-268-2787 or 888-453-2673 for more information.

 

The St. Louis Cord Blood Bank operates at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center and is affiliated with the St. Louis University School of Medicine.