To evaluate and standardize umbilical cord specimen collection and laboratory procedures to
evaluate cellular and serological immune responses in neonates and young infants
To evaluate: 1) The procedures for obtaining umbilical cord blood; 2) the methods for
ensuring immune cell viability, freezing, and shipping; 3) the conditions for optimization
of immune cell isolation procedures.
For the portion of the pilot study conducted at the UCLA CVR, an umbilical cord blood
sample will be obtained from approximately 8 to 12 healthy pregnant women who are
delivering neonates at the Obstetrical delivery ward of Harbor- UCLA Medical Center.
Informed consent will not be obtained because the blood will be obtained after delivery
from a clamped umbilical cord attached to the placenta (afterbirth) that otherwise would
A cord blood sample will not be collected from women who have requested special
arrangements for a cord blood registry service.