Cord Blood Research & Clinical Trials

In the late 1980s,  doctors began treating blood cancers and leukemia with cord blood stem cells.  Up until then, patients could only utilize bone marrow stem cells. There were many cases that bone marrow treatment failed, or a bone marrow match could not be found.  Researchers continue to explore new applications for the use of cord blood stem cells every day around the world.   Today, over 80 diseases have been treated with cord blood units! The FDA regularly reviews the results of clinical trials for new treatments.

Researchers continue to conduct cutting-edge clinical trials in areas such as:

  • Early hearing loss in infants
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Autism
  • Cleft Pallets
  • Congenital Pediatric Disorders

Bringing opportunity to CNY!

At Upstate Cord Blood Bank we offer families the option to donate the cord blood to research if it is not clinically useful. Therefore, the stem cells will not go to waste as they are invaluable to improving medical research.  This is especially beneficial for studies seeking to advance new treatments for cancer and chronic diseases. This makes the Upstate Cord Blood Bank in  Syracuse, New York a valuable resource for physicians, researchers, and businesses across the US.


The Bank operates under strict guidelines and protocols established by state and federal health organizations for quality assurance. This includes NYSDOH, FDA, FACT, AABB, CLIA, and CAP.  Regular inspections and testing are done to ensure that our facility remains a safe haven for banked cord blood.  Above all, this makes it possible to work with the regional hospitals and providers to enable mothers in the Central New York area the opportunity to donate their cord blood to the public bank.