Welcome to the WMDA
Donor Coordinator programme

The donor coordinator courses will provide you with the basic knowledge about the hematopoietic system, HLA, and diseases eligible for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. If you choose to do the complete course, you will also insight into how search coordinators are performing search and selection of potentially matched donors in module 6: Search strategy and web tools for search. 

The WMDA has spotted a growing need for education for donor coordinators. Therefore, the working group compiled the Donor Coordinator course. This education is not just for donor coordinators, but accessible for a broader audience and also without any entry requirements. 

The modules consist of an approximately 1-hour lecture accompanied by a handout, a glossary, recommended literature and finishes with a multiple-choice test. After you have completed the test, we also would like you to fill out the evaluation survey. During the module, questions about the content can be asked through the question forum which is present in every individual module.

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DC Module 1. Cells & Hematopoietic  System

Course speaker(s): Enric Carreras. MD. PhD  Affiliation REDMO. José Carreras Foundation, Barcelona [ES]

Learn about the different types of stem cells, like embryonic and adult stem cells, and the differentiation of these stem cells into diverse cell types. The haematopoietic stem cells are discussed in more detail as well as their role and all blood cells and components that derive from these stem cells. Furthermore, the module describes diseases that arise from the haematopoietic stem cell lineage, the scientific basis behind haematopoietic stem cell transplantation, and the different sources with their pros and cons.

DC Module 2. Medical Basics of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation

Course speaker(s): Bronwen E. Shaw, MBChB, PhD CIBMTR, Milwaukee [US]

Learn about the transplant procedures, including transplant indications, the preparatory treatments of the patient, post-transplant complications (like graft failure, Graft versus Host Disease, infection, relapse) and the importance of follow-up and monitoring of late post-transplant effects on the patient.

DC Module 3. Registries and Cord Blood Banks

Course speaker(s): Evelyne Marry, MD Hematopoietic Stem Cell Department, Agence de la Biomédecine, Saint-Denis La Plaine Cedex, [FR]

Learn about the transplant procedures, including transplant indications, the preparatory treatments of the patient, post-transplant complications (like graft failure, Graft versus Host Disease, infection, relapse) and the importance of follow-up and monitoring of late post-transplant effects on the patient.

DC Module 4. The Donor Experience

Course speaker(s): Anne-Marie van Walraven, PhD Sanquin Donor Services, Amsterdam [NL]

This module provides more information on the procedures around registration, donation and follow-up from a donor’s perspective. We are usually focused on curing patients, but the donor’s health needs to be protected as well with for example the WMDA standards and informed consents. The donor experience after donation might have a direct impact on the matched patient and on the donor registry.

DC Module 5. Human Leukocyte Antigens (HLA)

Course speaker(s): Carolyn Hurley, PhD, D(ABHI) Department of Oncology, Georgetown University, Washington DC [US]

Learn about the role of HLA in the immune response against foreign tissues, the differences between HLA class I and class II and why we find so much HLA diversity in the human population. Also, the influence of HLA in some diseases, like infectious diseases and autoimmune diseases are explained as well as the interaction of HLA in drug toxicities.

DC+ Module 6. Search Strategy & Web Tools

Course speaker(s):

  • - Machteld Oudshoorn, PhD Matchis Foundation and Department of Immunohematology and Blood Transfusion, Leiden University Medical Centre, Leiden [NL]
  • - Carolyn Hurley, PhD, D(ABHI) Department of Oncology, Georgetown University, Washington DC [US]

Learn about ways how search coordinators find the best-matched donor for the patients. This module explains how you should start a search for a stem cell donor by evaluating the patient’s HLA, how to interpret search reports and select potentially matched donors for further testing. During the donor search, you can use many different web tools to evaluate the HLA of the patient or predict the HLA genotype and haplotypes from the potential donors. When and how to use those web tools is explained in this module as well as in the WMDA search tools guidance.