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Cord Blood Bank

  • Dr. Dunia Jawdat

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King Abdullah International Medical Research Center  Cord Blood Bank (KAIMRC CBB) is a non-profit public cord blood bank. The KAIMRC CBB has been established and authorized to function as a public bank for cord blood units, which can be used to provide treatment for patients who require clinically approved Cellular Therapy (i.e. unrelated use), or for intended families with history of hematological disorders.

Cord blood is the blood that remains in the vein of the umbilical cord and placenta at the time of birth. Recent literature demonstrates that umbilical cord blood is rich in hematopoietic stem cells, which differentiate to all other blood cells and is the foundation of our bodies’ immune system. Cord blood stem cells are already being used to treat nearly 80 diseases, including leukemia, lymphoma, anemia, and inherited metabolic disorders. Over 30,000 transplants have been performed worldwide using stem cells from umbilical cord blood. Since stem cell technologies continue to advance, the opportunities to use preserved cord blood stem cells are steadily increasing.

The KAIMRC CBB is responsible for prospective donor mothers’ recruitment and consent, cord blood collection, processing, testing, cryopreservation, storage, banking, listing, selection and distribution of collected cord blood units.

Cord blood units that do not meet the criteria can be collected and stored for further research purposes to improve the clinical results of such treatment.

As part of our mandate, CBB activities are conducted within a quality system in compliance with national and international standards. On September 15, 2015, KAIMRC CBB received the FACT (Foundation for Accreditation of Cellular Therapy) Accreditation for banking cord blood for both public and intended patient’s family use by demonstrating compliance with the NETCORD-FACT International Standards for Cord Blood Collection, Processing, Testing, Banking, Selection and Release. KAIMRC CBB is the first cord blood bank in the Kingdom and in the Arab world to be recognized and accredited by FACT (http://www.factwebsite.org/Inner.aspx?id=1215&blogid=86&terms=news).

Education

2000-2005 PhD student, Department of Pathology, Faculty of  Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

1998-1999 Internship in Clinical Laboratory Sciences, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center (KFSH & RC), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

1993-1998 Bachelor Degree of Applied Medical Sciences, Division of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Experience

2015  Associate Professor of Immunology, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

2012  Cord Blood Bank, Director, King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

2012    Laboratory Consultant in Pathology/ Immunology, Ministry of National Guard Health Affairs, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

2010  Research Scientist, King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

2009-2015 Assistant Professor of Immunology, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

2009-2010 Associate Research Scientist, King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

2005-2006 Postdoctoral Researcher in Immunology, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada.

Skills & Research Interests

Stem Cell Transplantation

Cord Blood Units

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