Developing Educational Resources to Advance Umbilical Cord Blood Banking and Research: A Canadian Perspective

Carla Pereira Beak, Sophie B. Chargé, Rosario Isasi, Bartha M. Knoppers

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In 2013 Canadian Blood Services (CBS) launched the National Public Cord Blood Bank (NPCBB), a program to collect, process, test, and store cord blood units donated for use in transplantation. A key component of the creation of the NPCBB is the establishment of a program that enables cord blood not suitable for banking or transplantation to be used for biomedical research purposes. Along with the development of processes and policies to manage the NPCBB and the cord blood research program, CBS-in collaboration with researchers from the Stem Cell Network-have also developed educational tools to provide relevant information for target audiences to aid implementation and operation. We describe here one of these tools, the REB Primer on Research and Cord Blood Donation (the Primer), which highlights key ethical and legal considerations and identifies Canadian documents that are relevant to the use of cord blood in biomedical research. The Primer also introduces the NPCBB and describes the systems CBS is implementing to address ethical issues The Primer is intended to assist research ethics boards in evaluating the ethical acceptability of research protocols, to facilitate harmonized decision-making by providing a common reference, and to highlight the role of research ethics boards in governance frameworks With the Primer we hope to illustrate how the development of such educational tools can facilitate the ethical implementation and governance of programs related to stem cell research in Canada and abroad.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)443-450
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Cord blood donation
  • Education
  • Ethics
  • REBs
  • Research
  • Research ethics boards

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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