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,
More information about APAMSA may be found on their website,