WMDD Taskforce Members
This day has been made possible, thanks to the efforts of the WMDD Taskforce:
Colette Raffoux, IRGHET
Helle Bruunsgaard, Bone Marrow Donors Copenhagen
Jeff Szer, Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry
Katrin Rueffer, DKMS
Louis Fernando Da Silva Bouzas, REDOME
Maggie Hooley, NMDP/Be The Match
Mary Laughlin, Cleveland Cord Blood Center
Melissa Neil, NMDP/Be The Match
Nicoletta Sacchi, Italian Bone Marrow Donor Registry
Rachelle Plonsky, NMDP/Be The Match
Richard Davidson, Anthony Nolan
Sandra Bothur, DKMS
Sanja Dontula, Bangalore Medical Service Trust
Susanne Morsch, Stefan Morsch Stiftung
Raghu Rajagopal, DATRI
Jackie Graveny, Anthony Nolan
World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA) is an association responsible for establishing consistent, high-quality standards for worldwide blood stem cell, marrow and cord blood unit donor registries/organisations. Worldwide, over 50,000 patients per year are in need of a matched donor outside their family. Nearly 50% of the patients with a match receive their blood stem cells, marrow or cord blood unit from a donor from another country. Therefore WMDA works towards a global standardisation by establishing an accreditation programme for registries. The accreditation programme ensures that organisations protect the welfare of the donors and provide high-quality blood stem cells for patients worldwide.
To learn more, visit: www.wmda.info.
Bone Marrow Donors Worldwide (BMDW) was created in 1989 as a collaborative effort of eight countries and has grown to a community of 53 countries that are working together to achieve a centralized file of all potential volunteer marrow donors worldwide. This resource is crucial for patients in need of a blood stem cell transplant, because in nearly 50 percent of blood stem cell transplants, the donor and the patient come from different countries. To find the best matched donor for a patient, the first step is to consult BMDW. The database is available for physicians who can quickly look and determine within a few minutes if there is chance for a match for their patients.
For more information, visit: www.bmdw.org.
The European society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT) is a non-profit organisation that was established in 1974 in order to allow scientists and physicians involved in clinical bone marrow transplantation to share their experience and develop co-operative studies. The EBMT aims to promote all aspects associated with the transplantation of blood stem cells from all donor sources and donor types including basic and clinical research, education, standardisation, quality control, and accreditation for transplant procedures. The EBMT organises every year an Annual Meeting in Spring. It bringstogether over 4,500 scientists, physicians, nurses, statisticians, data managers, biologists, technicians and patients and remains an important moment to ensure and encourage exchange, education and scientific productivity in order to improve upon what has been built over the years.
For further information about the EBMT, please visit the website: www.ebmt.org