Lawrence C. Marshall

Lawrence C. Marshall

Lawrence C. Marshall

  • Professor of Law
  • Room N232, Neukom Building
Lawrence C. Marshall

Policy Practicum: Improving Bone Marrow Donation Programs

The National Bone Marrow Donation Program (NMBD) operates the “Be the Match Registry.” Individuals who register with Be the Match may be identified as potential donors of hematapoietic cells (most typically bone marrow) to patients facing life-threatening disorders such as leukemia, lymphoma, and aplastic anemia who do not have family members who are good matches to serve as donors. (Family members are appropriate for only 30% of patients needing these transplants.) The NBMD is considering whether the procedures that it uses to attract people to enroll as potential donors in the registry could be improved, and also wants to investigate the further possibility that the proportion of potential donors who actually donate cells once it is discovered that they are a match for a particular patient could be increased.

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