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Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Matching and Science

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Versiti advocates for diversity in blood, organ and tissue, and bone marrow and stem cell donations.
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Versiti Blood Research Institute and Versiti Diagnostic Labs work tirelessly to ensure patients of all ethnic backgrounds find perfect matches for bone marrow and stem cell transplants.

Expertise and Commitment

  • Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) Typing by Versiti Diagnostic Laboratories: Similar to blood donation, patients facing transplant surgery need to be carefully matched with compatible donors. Versiti Diagnostic Laboratories specialize in identifying the best donors possible for patients who need transplants. Our state-of-the-art Histocompatibility laboratory is designed to support solid organ and stem cell transplant programs by providing rapid turnaround time for human leukocyte antigen (HLA) typing, which helps help identify the best available donor, improving patient outcomes.

Be The Match

For most patients in need of a bone marrow or stem cell transplant, their best match is someone in their immediate family. However, for the many patients without a familial match, their best hope to find a bone marrow or stem cell donor is the Be The Match national donor registry.

Successful matches are often found between donors and patients of similar ethnic backgrounds. But because of a lack of diversity on the Be The Match registry, people of color often have difficulty finding a compatible donor. Increasing the number of diverse donors on the national bone marrow and stem cell donor registry is paramount.

According to Be the Match, here is the likelihood of diverse patients finding a matched donor on the Be The Match registry.

Increasing the diversity of the registry could be a matter of life and death for patients of diverse ethnicities.

National Impact

  • A patient’s best chance of finding a bone marrow or stem cell donor is with someone of the same ethnic background.
  • 70% of patients will not find a matching donor in their family.
  • Thousands of patients a year are diagnosed with life-threatening diseases such as leukemia.
  • HLA markers used in matching are inherited, so patients’ ethnic background is important in finding a match.
Tia and her mom Mickey

Tia Wilson

A Mother's Love

Tia and her mother, Mickey, are thankful and hopeful that Versiti investigators can find better treatments and ultimately a cure for sickle cell disease.

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