In partnership with our collection site hospitals, Canadian Blood Services’ Cord Blood for Research Program distributes cord blood products that do not meet the criteria for storage in Canadian Blood Services' Cord Blood Bank to approved research projects. Women who deliver at any of the four collection sites are given the option to consent to donate their baby’s cord blood for biomedical research in the event the cord blood collection does not qualify for transplant. Women considering the research option are provided the research information in their registration package.
Research projects must be approved by the Cord Blood for Research Program. Lay summaries of approved research projects are posted here to provide donors with information on the type of research supported by the program. Research projects that promote advances in the field of transfusion, cellular therapy, and transplantation medicine will be given priority in the distribution of cord blood products for research.
Canadian Blood Services is committed to supporting research in our partner hospitals in addition to the Cord Blood for Research Program. We work closely with our hospital researchers to provide cord blood and/or placenta samples that support research studies that are compatible with cord blood collection. Mothers may be approached by a hospital researcher who will explain the research study and answer any questions. Alternatively, mothers may be asked to participate in research by a hospital researcher who is not associated with the Cord Blood Bank whether she consents to research on the consent form.
For more information on donating cord blood for research, please email email@example.com or call 1 888 2 DONATE.
If you are a researcher and have questions about obtaining cord blood products for research, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.