Cord Blood and Diabetes

Cord Blood and Diabetes

Has your child been newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes?

Did you bank his/her cord blood?

An exciting new study at the University of Florida is looking at the potential for stem cells from umbilical cord blood to treat type 1 diabetes.

If so, your child may be eligible to participate in this study if:

  1. they have type 1 diabetes; and
  2. they are more than 1 years old, and
  3. you stored their umbilical cord blood in an approved bank.

Cord blood must have been stored in an American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) or the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapies (FACT) approved blood bank.

AABB list:
FACT list:

Animal and human studies have shown that cord blood contains a large number of cells that can help regulate the immune system. In animals with type 1 diabetes, cord blood has been used to successfully treat diabetes. We believe that giving umbilical cord blood back to children with recent onset type 1 diabetes may help these children maintain some of their own insulin production by repairing their immune system. However, this is NOT a cure.

As of June 1, 2007 13 subjects are enrolled, we are seeking 10 more subjects.

There are NO other therapies (chemotherapy/radiation) used in this study.

There is no cost to you for the cord blood infusion or study associated labs.

This study requires traveling to the University of Florida. Funding from Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation will reimburse your travel expenses.


Michael J. Haller, M.D.
Pediatric Endocrinology
University of Florida

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