COVID-19 and Stem Cell Q&A with Dr. Shamonki, Chief Medical Officer

CBR’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jaime Shamonki answers questions from our social media community about COVID-19 and stem cells.  Join the conversation and DM us your questions on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter!

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20 thoughts on “COVID-19 and Stem Cell Q&A with Dr. Shamonki, Chief Medical Officer

  1. Hi hope everyone is healthy and safe!! I have my sons cord blood saved . I was wondering if it would help me with my auto immune disease. I have severe inflammation and am on Rituxin ,but it is not working. Would this help my condition. Thanks and stay healthy 😁

    1. Hi Theresa, Our genetic counselor’s are happy to discuss your specific situation and address your questions. You can reach our clinical team by calling 1.888.240.1996 or by going online to CBR’s client portal at http://www.cordblood.com. Thanks and have a safe day!

  2. Dr. Jaime Shamonki did an outstanding job discussing these issues. The most informative, straight to the point, sincere message I have heard on this topic to date. Thank you. God bless you and your family.

    1. Thanks Veronica! Let us know if you have any other questions for us. We’ll be sharing more updates as soon as we have them. Stay safe!

    2. Hi Veronica, I’ll be sure to pass on your thanks to Dr. Shamonki. More updates to come, so keep an eye on our blog and our social channels.

    1. Hi Anne Marie, Let us know if you have other stem cell x COVID-19 related questions, happy to help where we can! 🙂

  3. The need might be immediate to save lives. You have had my daughters stem cells for 12 years and just NOW you are ‘investigating’ (did you say MSC) cells and their
    Possible use?! Sounds like NIH researching what happens when monkeys drink alcohol?? Hurry up!!!!!

    1. Hi John, While research has been taking for several years using MSCs from cord tissue for a number of different conditions, Covid-19 is a new disease. Since the first reported case in November, the research community has launched a number of studies to learn about this virus and how best to treat it. We expect to see more clinical trials examining both cellular therapies and other drug-based interventions in the coming weeks and months. Connect with CBR here on our blog or our social channels to stay on top of the latest research. Thanks for being a part of the CBR family.

    1. Hi Natasha, We haven’t seen any clinical trials evaluating stem cells for dyslexia. The underlying causes of dyslexia are still poorly understood which makes it difficult to identify potential drug targets or cell-based interventions. If you have any other questions please feel free to reach out here on our blog or our social channels where we are always providing new research that we find. Stay safe out there!

  4. In your response to the first question, you say that stem cell treatment for COVID-19 would not be available for use in the next few months because the process takes a long time to demonstrate safety, efficacy, etc. Where are you in that process?

    1. Hi there, Bill. Thanks for reading! The FDA is fast-tracking new interventions through a Coronavirus Treatment Acceleration Program that is designed to bring new therapies to COVID-19 patients as quickly as possible while supporting research to determine whether those therapies are safe and effective. Our Medical Advisory Board and Dr. Shamonki are constantly keeping up to date on new developments and as they become available we will let all of our parents know.

  5. Hello Dr. Jamie,

    My daughter just got diagnosed with a Wilm’s Tumor and is undergoing chemo to reduce the size of the tumor on her left kidney to then, remove the damaged kidney. Do you know if our stem cell’s can help us during this time?

  6. My wife has a chronic lung infection ( MAI ). Have the cord blood stem cells ever been studied in the treatment of this condition?

    1. Hi Jonathan, Thanks for reaching out. Our genetic counselor’s are happy to discuss your specific situation and address your questions. You can reach our clinical team by calling 1.888.240.1996 or by going online to CBR’s client portal at http://www.cordblood.com. Stay safe out there!

  7. Dear Dr. Shamonki—Thank you very much! Your brilliance, professionalism, and compassion have given me peace of mind. Additionally, you’re rocking that hairstyle.

    1. Hi DeLane, We’ll be sure to pass the kind words along to Dr. Shamonki! And yes, we agree, she sure is rocking that hairstyle while slaying being a stem cell expert! 🙂

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