Dubai Stem Cell Congress

Dubai Stem Cell Congress (DSCC) brings together leading experts and professionals in the fields of Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine from across the globe. Initiated & empowered by Hortman Stem Cell Laboratory, the congress aims to provide a platform for exchanging insights and experiences in stem cell research and to support the advancement of stem cell therapies in the region.

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Matthew Farrow - Patient Ambassador of Hortman Stem Cell Laboratory

Matthew Farrow

The World’s First Successful Cord Blood Transplant – USA

In 1987, at the young age of 4, an American boy named Matthew Farrow was diagnosed with Fanconi Anaemia. It is a rare genetic disease that causes congenital defects, abnormalities of the skin, short stature, kidney problems and a shortened lifespan. The umbilical cord blood sample was collected after Matthew’s sister was born, then cryogenically frozen and stored at a facility in Indianapolis. It was then flown to Paris where the procedure was performed by Dr. Eliane Gluckman of the Hôpital Saint-Louis. Matthew’s cord blood stem cell transplant was a success and he was cured of Fanconi anaemia. He hopes that his story of being the world’s first successful umbilical cord blood transplant recipient will encourage more parents to consider preserving their child’s umbilical cord blood – an important decision that could protect their child’s health in the future.
Mahra Aldarmaki - Patient Ambassador Hortman Stem Cell Laboratory

Mahra Aldarmaki

Thalassemia Survivor & Cord Blood Transplant Recipient – UAE

Mahra was born on 26th August, 2008. When she was 4 months old, she was diagnosed with Thalassemia. This meant that every 3 weeks she needed blood transfusion. When her mother gave birth to a baby boy, Mohammad Naji, his cord blood stem cell was collected. Fortunately he was a perfect match for his sister, Mahra. When Mahra (recipient) turned 2 years old and Mohammad (donor) turned 1 year and 2 months old, they travelled to UK to conduct bone marrow transplantation using HSC from Mohammad’s cord blood stem cell and bone marrow. The transplantation was very successful and Mahra now is a 14 year old survivor from Thalassemia, due to stem cell therapy!

Diane Paradise - Patient Ambassador of Hortman Stem Cell Laboratory

Diane Paradise

6-time Lymphoma & Breast Cancer Survivor & Cord Blood Transplant Recipient – USA

Diane was diagnosed with lymphoma at the age of 25 years old. She is 5-time lymphoma survivor who received a Double Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cell transplant on December 3, 2013. She is currently celebrating 9-years lymphoma-free.

Linda Kosinski - Patient Ambassador of Hortman Stem Cell Laboratory

Linda Kosinski

15 year Leukemia survivor & Cord Blood transplant recipient – USA

Linda was diagnosed with Philadelphia Positive Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia at age 38 when her children were just 1, 3 and 5 years old. Currently, she is a 15 year survivor. Thanks to becoming a cord blood transplant recipient.