UCSD School of Medicine
Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association Recognized For Increasing Ethnic Diversity

APAMSA 2005 Conference

At the 12th annual national conference of the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA), the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) recognized the UCSD School of Medicine APAMSA chapter for its dedication to increasing the registry's ethnic diversity. Medical students collaborated with undergraduate organizations including Lambda Phi Epsilon fraternity, Nikkei Student Union, and Hapa Club to raise awareness and recruit potential donors to the registry. APAMSA is composed of more than 80 chapters nationwide and represents over 15,000 medical students.

NMDP maintains the world's largest and most diverse registry of more than 5.5 million potential volunteer marrow and blood cell donors and more than 40,000 cord blood units. Each year, 35,000 children and adults in the United States develop life-threatening diseases for which a marrow or blood cell transplant could be a cure. 70% of patients in need of marrow or blood cell transplant are unable to find a match in their families and need to search registries like NMDP for unrelated donors. Matching depends on heritable immune system markers and is most likely to occur between a donor and recipient of similar ethnicity.

More information about NMDP may be found on their website, http://www.marrow.org.

More information about APAMSA may be found on their website, http://meded.ucsd.edu/groups/apamsa/Home.htm.


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