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Bone marrow expert kicks off campus donor drive

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
April 18, 2008

Marcos de Lima

Internationally acclaimed bone marrow transplant expert Marcos de Lima will talk on “One Life at a Time:  Putting Your Spare Stem Cells to Work,” at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 22, in Alkek Teaching Theater at Texas State University-San Marcos.

The presentation is free to the public and is sponsored by McCoy’s Building Supplies and Wells Fargo Bank.

De Lima’s talk serves as the “kick-off” for a Texas State bone marrow donor drive on April 22-24.  A dozen tables will dot the campus from the Health Professions Building to Old Main in order to register 2,000 bone marrow donors from the Texas State and San Marcos communities.  Registration takes about five minutes and includes completion of a consent form and a cheek swab.

De Lima is an associate professor of medicine in the Department of Stem Cell Transplantation and Cell Therapy at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He also serves as the center’s director of the unrelated bone marrow donor program.  His research interests are in the field of allogeneic hematopoietic transplantation for myeloid leukemias and allogeneic transplantation for patients without related donors.  He is the Principle Investigator in several active studies in his areas of interest and he has published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed medical journals.

For more information, contact Angelika Wahl at (512) 245-2170.