/R E P E A T/ - Media advisory - Cord blood bank

    OTTAWA, June 1 /CNW Telbec/ -

    WHAT:  Media briefing - Charting a course for a national public cord
           blood bank in Canada - A stakeholder consultation hosted by
           Canadian Blood Services

    WHEN:  Sunday, June 3, 2007 - 3:30 PM (Eastern Time)

    WHERE: Château Laurier, 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa, Ontario - Media briefing
           in L'Orangier room. (For participation via teleconference,
           call: 1-800-796-7558)

    WHO:   Organizations participating in the consultation:

           - Canadian Blood Services           - The Leukemia & Lymphoma
           - Héma-Québec                         Society of Canada
           - Health Canada                     - Tom Baker Cancer Centre
           - The Ottawa Hospital               - Thalassemia Foundation of
           - Université de Montréal              Canada
           - QEII Health Sciences Centre       - University of Alberta
           - BC Children's Hospital            - Leukemia/BMT Program of BC
           - The Hospital for Sick             - Victoria Angel Registry of
             Children                            Hope
           - Canadian Association of           - Canadian Immunodeficiency
             Transplantation                     Patient Organization
           - Alberta Children's Hospital       - Aplastic Anemia and
           - Princess Margaret Hospital          Myelodysplasia Association
           - Bruce Denniston Bone Marrow         of Canada (AAMAC)
             Society                           - Canadian Blood and Marrow
                                                 Transplant Group

    WHY:   Canadian Blood Services is hosting transplant experts, patient
    groups and other stakeholders in Ottawa for a consensus conference to
    chart a course for the future of public cord blood banking in Canada.
    Over the course of two and a half days, they will share their expertise
    and insights to answer the question: "Assuming the need for a National
    Canadian Cord Blood Bank, how do we establish one that best meets the
    needs of Canadian patients?"
    The outcome of the consultation will be shared with interested members of
    the news media immediately following the conference. Designated
    spokespeople will be available to the media to offer different
    perspectives on the process, the outcome and to answer their questions.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Ron Vezina, Director, Media
Relations and External Communications, Canadian Blood Services, (613)
739-2044, mobile: (613) 715-0199, ron.vezina@blood.ca

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