Regenerative Medicine & Cord Blood Stem Cells

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

The importance of regenerative medicine.

It's estimated that 1 in 3 people will benefit from regenerative medicine in their lifetime. And thanks to ongoing research efforts using cord blood families are benefiting from regenerative medicine today. Check out below for info on the latest regenerative medicine clinical trials using cord blood: 

A clinical trial at Duke University recently showed that an infusion of a child's own cord blood appears to improve brain connectivity and motor function in children with cerebral palsy.  Twenty ViaCord families participated in this exciting research. Results were published in Stem Cell Translational Medicine. A third study is now underway to determine safety of using a sibling's cord blood. 


After demonstrating that it's safe for child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to receive cord blood, a clinical trial is now underway to determine the effects of using a child's own cord blood or unrelated donor cord blood in children with autism. ViaCord families are participating in this innovative research to help kids with conditions once thought untreatable.


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.


  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

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

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