Cord blood therapies: researchers to separate hope from hype

Dr. David Allan

Stem cell therapies based on umbilical cord blood hold significant promise, but few have been scientifically proven. Dr. David Allan is developing policies around the use of cord blood that will protect Canadians from the possible dangers of unproven therapies. His team will create a continuously updating bank of clinical studies that support the use of umbilical cord blood cell therapies, so Canadians can know which treatments are proven and which are still experimental. They will also identify the gaps between what the clinical evidence shows and what the public expects from these therapies. Finally, the team will develop processes that will ensure fair access to banked cord blood for regenerative therapies, and design search algorithms that are compatible with national and international registries.