Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
September 2, 2006
Other, Research: Cure
Question from Baraboo, Wisconsin, USA:
Where can one donate the placenta after giving birth? I gave birth in 2005 and donated the placenta and umbilical cord for research at the University of Florida. But, I would like to know where anyone can donate these items, which would just be discarded anyway after giving birth, for diabetic research.
Those questions are best addressed with your physician or local labor and delivery services at the hospital you are attending. I believe that placenta donation is not universal like other organs and would be dependant on local research activities and the need for such tissues at any specific time.
Additional comments from David S. Holtzman, Esq.:
I am not aware of any cord blood donation programs specifically for research in type 1 diabetes. For further information, contact the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to inquire about any research programs they may be sponsoring or supporting in this area.