Workshop A: The Search for Donors and the Implications of Organizing Stem Cell Drives

Presentation Description: As an accredited member of the World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA) and representing the ninth largest stem cell network in the world, OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network represents an important part of the international group of 65 registries and 44 cord blood banks that transmit their donor HLA typing to bone Marrow Donors Worldwide (BMDW). As a result of this international cooperation, OneMatch, when searching on behalf of Canadian patients, has access to more than 18 million volunteer donors and more than 448,000 cord blood units.
With fewer than 30 percent of patients who need stem cell transplants finding that match within their own families, OneMatch works diligently with communities across Canada to ensure that Transplant Centres are provided with the optimal donors for patients in need.
This presentation provided an overview of the OneMatch program, the search process from the perspective of the Transplant Centre as well as OneMatch, and some issues that are associated with engaging communities to support one particular patient.

Workshop Facilitators:

Elizabeth Davies, MSc
BMT Search Coordinator
The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON

Mary Lynn Pride
Patient and Transplant Liaison Specialist
OneMatch Stem Cell & Marrow Network
Canadian Blood Services, Toronto, ON

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