BMT @Charité

 Charité –University Medicine Berlin in Germany 

The Charité –University Medicine Berlin in Germany marked its 300-year anniversary in 2010. It is one of the largest university hospitals in Europe and is a non-profit public hospital with 4,000 doctors and scientists. About half of German Nobel Prize winners in medicine and physiology have come from the Charité.
All clinical care,research and teaching is delivered by physicians and researchers of the highest international standard.

The Dept. of Pediatric Oncology &Hematology,including its programs for thalassemia and sickle cell disease,is the largest specialized center of this kind in Germany,and accredited as a European Reference Center for Pediatric Cancer as well as a European Reference Center for Pediatric Hematology.

The extensive bone marrow transplantation (BMT) program serves patients with cancer,immunodeficiencies and hemoglobinopathies,and has performed ~800 BMTs in children since its initiation in 1996. The pediatric BMT ward has 10 beds and currently performs ~50 BMTs each year.

Cure Thalassemia-Charité

An agreement between the Department of Pediatric Oncology &Hematology of Charité and Cure Thalassemia(CT) has been signed. BMT from a haploidentical mother for a child with thalassemia using protocol 30 will be done at the Charité in close and regular collaboration with and under the guidance of Dr. Pietro Sodani (CT co-founder &Scientific coordinator).

CT and Charité will also work together to:

  • do research in the field of BMT both for matched donor and mother/haploidentical donor for BMT using protocol 30 to keep improving the quality and results of BMT
  • establish an international program and healthcare network for thalassemia with a focus on BMT from a haploidentical mother.

A joint advisory committee,chaired by Dr. Angelika Eggert and consisting of members from both institutions,has been formed which will oversee the overall functioning of the entire process.