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Donating cord blood for research

Since 2003, researchers at Sunnybrook have been collecting and studying stem cells from umbilical cord blood. The aim of the study is to gain knowledge about the development of the human immune system, and the hope is that the results may eventually lead to therapeutic uses of stem cells.

The cord blood collected will not be used to treat patients; rather, it will be used to better understand how stem cells and T cells work. There is no cost to you to participate in this study. Interested in donating your umbilical cord blood for research use? Talk to your caregiver at Sunnybrook.

Insception Lifebank Cord Blood Program

Cord blood is used to treat over 75 life-threatening diseases, including a range of cancers, genetic diseases, and blood disorders. Insception Lifebank has released more units for transplant than all other family banks in Canada combined.

Emerging research is discovering new uses for cord blood. In fact, Insception Lifebank has already released stored samples allowing patients with banked cord blood to participate in leading edge clinical trials for diabetes and cerebral palsy.

Insception is an independent vendor in the hospital. A portion of revenues generated from its Sunnybrook location is paid to physicians and the hospital and is directed towards supporting clinical research, education, medical equipment and other investments in patient care.

The Insception Lifebank office is located at Sunnybrook's Bayview Campus, on M-wing, 7th floor, room M7-001. Call 1 (866) 606 2790 to speak to a cord blood consultant today, or visit