Looking forward keeping in mind to offer advance facility towards life saving bone marrow transplantation the Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry (ABMDR) recently unveiled its Stem Cell Harvesting Center in Yerevan with a grand opening celebration.
This was a much-anticipated event admits Dr. Frieda Jordan, president of the ABMDR Board of Directors, he also claimed that they were working on this project for the past year, sparing no effort or resource for its realization. After acquiring the facility, the ABMDR recruited top medical talent and began the arduous process of training personnel and securing medical machinery.
The project was passed by the European Federation of Immunogenetics (EFI), In 2006. In May this year, the laboratory passed the EFI’s second inspection “with flying colors, paving the way for the future accreditation of the Stem Cell Harvesting Center itself.
The ABMDR’s Stem Cell Harvesting Center is only of its kind in the region, it can store and harvest stem cells provided by healthy bone marrow donors. The stem cells subsequently can be utilized in transplants for patients suffering from life-threatening blood-related diseases such as leukemia and other cancers.
This stem cell harvesting center was highly required for this region, having this facility in the country means that local stem cell donors will be spared the often exorbitant expense and inconvenience of traveling abroad to donate their stem cells.
The Stem Cell Harvesting Center has also fast become an important hub for medical learning, and that it will continue to grow as a provider of workshops for medical students.
Dr. Jordan, is now looking forward to establish a full-fledged transplantation center, which would give thousands of Armenian patients access to affordable, life-saving stem cell transplants.