Events : Science & Technology

Talk on “Relevance of Cord and Cordblood Stemcell Banking”

Held on 31st October, 2006 at 6.00 PM

A TALK on “Relevance of Cord and Cord Blood Stemcell Banking” was arranged on 31st October, 2006 at 6.00 PM at Bangalore International Centre. Mr. Ambar A Rao, Executive Director, Cryo Stemcell Karnataka Pvt. Ltd., presented the talk on the subject through a power point presentation.

Mr P R Dasgupta, Director of the Centre introduced Mr Ambar A Rao.

Various invitees participated apart from the members from the Bangalore International Centre.

Mr Ambar A Rao, in his talk deliberated about Relevance of Cord and Cord Blood Stemcell Banking as below.

He talked about the process of Fertilisation and the stages of Embryo, and explained that Stem cells are basic cells that can develop into specialised cells during foetal development. They form part of the immune system. They are pluripotent in nature.

Sources of Stem Cells
He indicated that the sources of stem cells are Embryonic Stem Cells, Bone Marrow Stem Cells (Adult), Umbilical Cord & Cord Blood Stem Cells (Adult).

Diseases treatable with Stemcells:
Limb Amputations, Neurological Disorders, Spinal Cord Injuries, Heart Disease, Burns, Diabetes can be effectively tackled with stemcells.

Shri Rao outlined the application of Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cells (Haematopoietic Stem Cells) as under:

Shri Rao pointed out that there are two types of cord blood banking:

Note: HLA Typing is Very important for allogenic banking

Under the current system in India, only Auologous banking activities are going on. There are ethical, moral and legal issues on Allogenic Banking which are yet to be resolved. Also Allogenic Banking requires Human Leucocyte Antigen (HLA) typing which has its own attendant problems of matching and appropriate storage of stemcells.

Talking about Mesenchymal Stem Cells from Umbilical Cord Shri Rao stated that

Disease Treated By Mesenchymal Stem Cells

Mr Ambar Rao further explained the process of collection and storage of Cord Blood Stem Cells.

The presentation was followed by a lively discussion. Mr Ambar Rao answered to certain queries of the audience on the Cord Blood Stemcells The Talk ended with a vote of thanks by the Director of BIC, Shri P R Dasgupta.