Regenerative Medicine & Cord Blood Stem Cells

Over the last few years, cord blood applications have expanded beyond transplant medicine into areas of regenerative medicine ('regen med') including autism and brain injuries.


Reg med is the science of living cells being used to potentially regenerate or facilitate the repair of cells damaged by disease, genetics, injury or simply aging by stimulating the body's own repair mechanisms.

Why Cord Blood Stem Cells?

Why cord blood stem cells? Think about it: the natural power and purity of your newborn's cord blood are responsible for healthy development during gestation. So it makes sense that they are the ones most likely to be called upon when studying ways in which science can help restore health.

Featured Article - CNN: Stem Cells Offer Hope for Autism

CNN recently reported on details of the Phase 1 Clinical Trial featuring a ViaCord family who participated in this novel study. See how cord blood is offering hope for many families like them.

How is cord blood being used today in regenerative medicine research studies?

Click the arrows below to see what areas of regenerative medicine are using cord blood stem cells in research.


  1. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) - click again for details on clinical trials.

Brain Injury

  1. Cerebral Palsy - click again for details on clinical trials.

    • Phase I Clinical Trial - demonstrated safety of using a baby's own cord blood in children with cerebral palsy.
    • Phase II Clinical Trial - designed to determine efficacy for own cord blood for treatment of spastic cerebral palsy.
    • A third study is underway to determine safety when using a sibling's cord blood.
  2. Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HI) 108.

  3. Stroke 68

Cardiac Problems

  1. Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrom (HLHS)119.

Acquired Hearing Loss

  1. Acquired Hearing Loss118.

Autoimmune Deficiencies

  1. Type I Diabetes (T1D) 84

Breaking News: Autism and Cord Blood

Duke University Medical Center published it's Phase I Cord Blood and Autism Clinical Trial results demonstrating safety of using a child's own umbilical cord blood to help treat Autism.

[INFOGRAPHIC] A Timeline of Progress - Cord Blood and Regenerative Medicine.

For some families who have faced life-altering medical conditions, participation in “Regen Med” research with their banked cord blood was a once-in-a-lifetime gift that cannot be measured.  Open the infographic to view a quick summary of the progress being made with clinical research trials using cord blood.

[Video] Regen Med In Action - Brady's Story

More than 150 ViaCord families have used their banked cord blood to participate in Phase I and Phase II Clinical Trials for Cerebral Palsy or Autism. Click the image to see how this developing science is helping kids today.