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BMRN’s Professor Okoye has just been named to the UICC’s (Union for International Cancer Control) Advisory Board as the “African Observer”, allowing her to expand global advocacy for patients of African descent.
“This is a title I have yet to earn,” said Mr. Adebiyi at the New York Stem Cell Foundation‘s annual gala.
BBC’s Focus on Africa article features two personal stories behind the launch of Nigeria’s first bone marrow registry: stem cell donor Bisi Bokinni and stem cell recipient (and BMRN founder) Seun Adebiyi
Bone marrow transplants, or hematopoietic stem cell transplantations (HSCT), treat more than 70 different diseases, including some types of leukemia, lymphoma, and sickle cell anaemia.
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February 24, 2012 marked the launch of the first bone marrow registry in Nigeria, and only the second such registry in all of Africa. This launch was a milestone step in the country’s efforts to treat cancer patients throughout Africa and the world.
NYSCF sends congratulations to aspiring 2014 Winter Olympian, lawyer, and friend of the organization Seun Adebiyi for his lifesaving work in creating the first bone marrow registry in Nigeria.
The Nigerian bone marrow registry hopes to boost matches between donors and patients, reports Irin News of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.