ABMDR TRANSPLANT ANTIBODIES LABORATORY TO BE GRANTED
INTERNATIONAL QUALITY CERTIFICATE

Armenpress

YEREVAN, MARCH 31, ARMENPRESS: The transplant antibodies laboratory of
the Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry (ABMDR) will be granted the
certificate of international quality by the European Immune-Genetic
Federation.

ABMDR executive director Sevak Avakian told a news conference on March
30 that the decision was made based on the report of two experts from
the European Federation who visited Yerevan to get acquainted with
ABMDR's work. ABMDR has now around 10,000 registered donors.

Because of unique genetic make up of Armenians, it is nearly impossible
to find suitable matches among the existing international registries
and hence a great number of Armenian children and adults have lost
their lives due to the lack of compatible donors. To address this
imbalance, a volunteer donor registry for bone marrow transplant has
been established in Armenia to help to overcome this difficulty.

The ABMDR is a member of the World Marrow Donor Association, sharing
its database information with other registries around the world and
cooperates with several international medical centers, including
the Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow Trust in England, St Jude Hospital in
Memphis and Glendale Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles.