The University of Colorado Cord Blood Bank recently received a $1 million grant from HHS' Health Resources and Services Administration to help expand the inventory of its umbilical cord blood bank, the Denver Post reports. According to the Post, the grant is part of $12 million HRSA recently awarded to six umbilical cord blood banks nationwide (Auge, Denver Post, 11/13). The grant is part of the agency's effort to increase the supply of cord blood from 50,000 to 150,000 units. The funding is the result of a law (HR 596) approved last year that provides $79 million to collect umbilical cords for stem cell research. The measure established and authorized funding for an umbilical cord blood bank network for the purpose of stem cell research and treatment of diseases (Kaiser Daily Women's Health Policy Report, 10/17). According to Brian Freed, a professor of medicine at the CU Health Sciences Center, Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colo., is the only umbilical cord donation site for CU's blood bank. With the grant, CU plans to expand the collection sites to the University of Colorado Hospital and Denver Health Medical Center, according to the Post. The CU bank currently has 6,000 units, and if Congress continues funding the program, it could receive $6.6 million over the next three years with the aim of adding 4,600 additional units, the Post reports (Denver Post, 11/13).

A full list of HRSA's grants to cord blood banks is available online.

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