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PATIENT REFERRALS

  • ABMDR informs the medical community worldwide about its availability to patients.
  • Patients’ doctors contact ABMDR seeking a marrow match, and provide ABMDR blood/tissue sample or tissue type information from the patient.
  • ABMDR searches its own– as well as other*– donor databases for a bone marrow match.
*As a member of the World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA), Bone Marrow Donors Worldwide (BMDW), and National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), ABMDR is part of a worldwide network of registries and thus maximizes the chance of finding matches for its patients.

If a match is found:

  • The potential donor is re-typed for higher resolution matching
  • If the donor is still a match at high resolution, s/he undergoes a thorough medical exam, is retyped one last time and gets ready to be a real stem cell donor (see below)

If a match is not found:

  • ABMDR works with the family and friends of patients to recruit as many relatives, friends and potentially genetically similar donors as possible
  • ABMDR also continues to search for a match as new donors are registered in its own and other registries

DONOR RECRUITMENT

ABMDR conducts recruitment drives in Armenian communities worldwide.

Donors have to be between the ages of 18 and 50 and in good general health.

The donor:

• Fills out a form with name, address, and contact information
• Gives a sample of blood or a mouth swab

ABMDR:

• Extracts the DNA from these samples
• Analyzes them
• Determines donors’ tissue type

Donor’s tissue type, along with his/her contact information, is entered into a computer database and saved—This is ABMDR’s registry.

All information in ABMDR’s registry is strictly confidential

The donor’s data remains in ABMDR’s registry until s/he becomes a match or turns 55

To help us keep our files up-to-date, kindly inform us of your new address and contact info if you are to move.

Click Here to complete the contact information form, or contact us:

Los angeles: Email: amdrla@sbcglobal.net phone: 323-663-3609
Yerevan Email: abmdr@abmdr.am phone: 374 10 20 83 12

TRANSPLANT FACILITATION

ABMDR facilitates bone marrow stem cell transplants for patients worldwide by finding matched unrelated donors for them in its own and other registries

Upon request from a patient’s doctor, ABMDR searches its database for a donor who matches the patient’s tissue type.

When a match is found, the donor is typed for higher resolution matching, then retyped and put through a complete medical exam. If all is well, the donor is prepared to donate his/her stem cells.

• The donor is given a booster shot to increase bone marrow stem cells circulating in his/her blood stream
• donor’s stem cells are harvested in the nearest Cancer/harvesting center (for donors in Armenia and neighboring countries, this would be ABMDR’s Stem Cell Harvesting Center in Yerevan)
• harvested cells are checked for quality and quantity, packed properly, and sent to the patient waiting for the transplant.