Research in the Division of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
The world's first successful human blood and marrow transplant (BMT) was performed at the University of Minnesota in 1968. Since that time, physicians affiliated with the University of Minnesota have performed more than 4,000 blood and marrow transplants.
The first transplants used marrow from related donors. Faculty here have also pioneered the development of Umbilical cord blood transplantation.
These researchers continue to push the boundaries of science in developing improvements to the procedure.
Researchers in the Transplant Biology and Therapy program collaborate closely with scientists from the University of Minnesota's Masonic Cancer Center, Stem Cell Institute and Medical School to further knowledge of using blood and marrow transplantation for treating cancer and other diseases. This groundbreaking research has led to the development of treatments for leukemia, lymphoma, inherited genetic diseases, immune disorders and hemoglobinopathies.