Cerebral Palsy & Cord Blood

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a general term used to describe a group of neurological disorders that permanently affect muscle coordination and body movement. The types of injuries that most often cause the condition are usually not foreseeable or preventable:

  • CP is most often caused by brain injury or an abnormality occurring during pregnancy or during the early years of life. 125  

  • 1 in 323 children in the U.S. are identified with CP. 125

  • 60% of those with CP are full term babies, 40% are premature. 125 

NEW Phase II Clinical Trial Results 

Cord blood shown to be effective in lessening symptoms of CP

A phase II clinical trial at Duke University has demonstrated the effectiveness of using a child's own cord blood to treat cerebral palsy in some children. The study was made up of 63 children who had access to their own banked cord blood. The kids received one infusion of their own cord blood. This innovative research found that when kids received an adequate dose of their own cord blood, both brain connectivity and motor function improved. It's an exciting and encouraging development for families and a significant milestone in the evolution of cord blood use beyond traditional transplant medicine - into regenerative medicine. Results were published in Stem Cell Translational Medicine.

See how research helped Patrick ride with confidence.

Before Patrick received his own cord blood as part of this innovative research, "Things were so overwhelming for him and our family", Patrick's parents recalled. "He struggled with therapy, school...the normal daily activities you take for granted."  Watch Patrick's story below and see how he's taking on life today. 

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Science is moving quickly. Prepare for tomorrow today.

The results of the Phase II cerebral palsy and cord blood clinical trial were published just seven months after a Phase I clinical trial using a child's own cord blood in children with autism was proven to be safe. Additional clinical trials are now underway to determine the effects of using a child’s own cord blood or unrelated donor cord blood in children with autism and the safety of using a sibling’s cord blood to help treat cerebral palsy


For some families, having the opportunity to participate in innovative research like this is priceless. By banking cord blood today, you'll put your family in the position to take advantage of scientific advancements in the future.