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The world bone marrow donor registry (BMDW) is 30 years old


Bone Marrow Donors Worldwide (BMDW) was started in 1989, when the EBMT Immunobiology Working Party took the initiative to collect and inventory an easily accessible listing of all donors worldwide. The book was sent to transplant centers four times a year.

The first edition of the BMDW, consisting of computer printouts, was distributed during the EBMT Annual Meeting in February 1, 1989 and comprised the phenotypes of 8 registries from 8 countries with a total of 156,000 donors. Today the BMDW comprises of more than 33,573,307 donors and 709,013 cord blood units (

Jon J. van Rood showing the 1st BMDW edition to Aad van Leeuwen
Prof. Jon J. van Rood showing the 1st BMDW edition to Prof. Aad van Leeuwen


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