Stem cells

Stem cells are parent cells from which all other blood cells (red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets) develop.

Bone marrow constitutes the factory that produces stem cells. It is a soft and gelatinous tissue that fills the inside of bones such as the sternum or the pelvis. Bone marrow differs from spinal marrow: spinal marrow is the part of the nervous system that descends inside the vertebral column.

Who Can Donate Stem Cells?

Hundreds of Canadian men and women are relying on the Stem Cell Donor Registry to find a compatible donor.

A stem cell transplant is often their last chance of overcoming a serious illness.
You may be able to help these men and women.

Donors must:

  • Be aged between 18 and 35
  • Be in good health
  • Be ready to donate stem cells to anyone who needs them
  • Join the Stem Cell Donor Registry.

Blood from the umbilical cord

Long considered biological waste, the blood in the umbilical cord is now recognized as a valuable source of stem cells.

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Health professionals

This section contains information for hospitals about our products and services, as well as the principal forms  needed with respect to the Stem Cell Donor Registry and the Reference and Stem Cell Laboratory.

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