• 11/16/2016

Technical University of Munich honors stem cell donors

United against blood cancer

Over the past years, there have been a number of registration drives at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), where potential stem cell donors could sign up to a central database. So far, 16 of them have been a match for blood cancer patients. Representing the commitment of all volunteers, two students whose stem cells were able to help patients were awarded a certificate by TUM President Professor Wolfgang A. Herrmann.

From left: Philip Rapp, TUM-President Wolfgang A. Herrmann, and Robert Rösler.
Philip Rapp (left) and Robert Rösler are students at TUM and have registered as potential stem cell donors. (image: U. Benz / TUM)

Every 15 minutes, a person in Germany is diagnosed with blood cancer, including several children and teenagers. A stem cell transplant is often the last resort and sometimes the only chance of survival for patients. The DKMS, formerly known as the German Bone Marrow Donor Center, registers potential donors and has made it its mission to find a matching donor for every patient in need.

Many of the donors are recruited during registration drives. Thanks to the commitment of TUM students, three of these drives have been held at the Technical University of Munich in the past years. They have succeeded in recruiting 1,992 people for the DKMS. Students Philip Rapp and Robert Rösler also took this step. They registered as potential stem cell donors a few years ago and now they were able to help two patients from France and the Czech Republic with stem cell donations. On behalf of all the other stem cell donors at the Technical University of Munich, they were recognized by TUM President Professor Wolfgang A. Herrmann for their selfless commitment.

Students in Munich can still sign up for the donor registry. Next date: Thursday, November 17, from 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. in the lecture hall section of the TUM University Hospital – Klinikum rechts der Isar. As a general rule, any healthy person between 17 and 55 years of age can be registered with the DKMS as a potential donor.

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