Autism and Cord Blood

Autism is a disorder that affects the brain's normal development of social and communication skills and appears in the first 3 years of life.103 Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a range of disorders characterized by “persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across multiple contexts and restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities.” Although the exact causes of Autism Spectrum Disorder are still unknown, research suggests that both genes and environment play important roles.102

In May 2014, the CDC published updated prevalence statistics. The data presented by the CDC reports that 1 in 68 children are identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder. And the data also showed that ASD is almost five times more common among boys than girls: 1 in 42 boys versus 1 in 189 girls.101  

Video: Autism & Cord Blood Research Overview

Watch a 1 minute video showing progress in using cord blood to help kids with Autism.

Phase I Clinical Trial Results Released

Novel research results from Duke University’s Robertson Clinical and Translational Cell Therapy Program were recently published and indicate encouraging developments related to using a baby’s own cord blood stem cells to help kids with Autism. Read full study results here.

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.

Phase II Clinical Trial Underway

Duke University Medical Center has moved into a Phase II Clinical Trial of cord blood infusion for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The goal of the study is to determine if there is a benefit from an intravenous infusion of autologous (the child’s own) or unrelated donor cord blood to children with ASD. Visit clinicaltrials.gov to learn more about the study and requirements for participation.