What you will need:
In order to run a basic search with PubSearch, you will need a copy of an HLA (Human Leukocyte Antigen) Tissue Typing Report, and serologic equivalent results for the following HLA loci: A, B and DR. Do not proceed if you do not understand how to read the report. Instead, consult a healthcare professional first who can instruct you. Entering HLA tissue typing information improperly will yield incorrect results. There is no charge for this search.
Limitations of the search:
Gift of Life's PubSearch is intended to provide a general overview of possible donors and cord blood units in the registry that potentially match or partially match the tissue typing entered into the query box below. The search does NOT disclose any identifying information on any donors or cord blood units in the registry.
The search is performed using three sets of antigens, also known as loci: A, B and DR. There are two antigens at each locus; one inherited from the father, and one from the mother. Please note: (1) The search does not take into account other loci, including C and DQ; (2) It does not look at DNA-based tissue typing information; and (3) The registry is constantly changing as new donors and cord blood units are added, and existing ones are removed for various reasons each day.
What to do with the results if you are a patient:
If you are a patient, you will need to communicate directly with your healthcare provider to determine if transplantation is indicated for your condition. Gift of Life does NOT select suitable matches for patients. This is the responsibility of the patient's transplant physician. Only transplant centers have the ability to perform comprehensive searches and request donors or cord blood units that are appropriate for an individual patient. Click here for a list of transplant centers in the United States. While we are happy to answer questions concerning PubSearch, Gift of Life will not provide details concerning a search; this information is available only to authorized personnel at transplant centers.
How to run a formal search if you are a healthcare professional:
There are a variety of ways to access Gift of Life donors and cord blood units quickly and efficiently. Gift of Life's file of tissue typing data is listed in Bone Marrow Donors Worldwide. You will need to login to perform the search. Marrow Donors are designated USA4 and cord blood units are designated U4CB. Gift of Life's marrow donor program is accredited by the U.S. National Marrow Donor Program and available to patients around the world in need of transplants. Click here for details. PubSearch results do not guarantee donor or cord blood unit availability or the suitability of a stored unit(s) for a particular patient!
Other important sources of marrow donors and cord blood units:
Gift of Life is one of 58 bone marrow donor registries in 43 countries and one of 39 cord blood banks in 21 countries (as of February 2007) that participate in the global registry known as Bone Marrow Donors Worldwide. It is important that this resource is accessed to ensure that the greatest number of donors and cord blood units is searched. Only authorized healthcare personnel at transplant centers and worldwide registries can access BMDW. Click here to visit BMDW's website.
Note: Many transplant centers around the world coordinate their donor searches through national registries. BMDW publishes a list of worldwide registries on their website. Click here to find a registry in your country.
If you have any questions or concerns about PubSearch, call 1.800.9MARROW.
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