University of Dundee

Science Engagement with Real Impact: Dundee Marrow volunteers and CLS researchers join to raise awareness of the importance of human tissue donation (1 May 11am-4pm, LifeSpace)

29 Apr 2015

As part of the LifeSpace season of Material Concerns - exploring the ethical frameworks that exist for the use of human tissue from living consenting donors in science and art - the College of Life Sciences is delighted to host a joint event between Dundee Marrow (the Dundee branch of the Anthony Nolan Trust) and researchers from the Division of Cell Signalling and Immunology.
 
Volunteers from Dundee Marrow will be at the College in LifeSpace (WTB Atrium Level 1 South) from 11am-4pm on Friday 1 May, raising awareness about the importance of registering as a bone-marrow donor to help save the lives of people with cancer.
 
Gillian Dunphy who initiated the project (of the Unterholtzer Lab) will be leading a group of life scientists demonstrating the research being carried out here at the College that could have an impact on clinical care and eventually on saving lives.
 
While the team from Dundee Marrow will be raising awareness and exploding myths about bone-marrow donation, there will also be an opportunity to make a contribution of your own - if you fit the criteria for donors (see below).
 
Either way it’s a great opportunity to see how academic research impacts on real-world health and peoples lives, within the setting of an art exhibition examining the ethics of human tissue donation.
 
All welcome (open to friends and family of CLS and to the public)

 
Could you be a potential life-saver?
 
People joining the register must be between 16 and 30 years old,in good health, weigh over 7st 12lbs (50kg) and have a body mass index (BMI) lower than 40.
 
We particularly need more young men to sign up. They produce more stem cells than women and are six times more likely to donate, but make up just 15% of our register.
 
We also need more donors from black and minority ethnic backgrounds as we often struggle to find matches for people in these groups.
 
For more information:
http://www.anthonynolan.org/clinicians-and-researchers

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