Welcome to the WMDA
Search Coordinator Continuing Education programme


A project team of the WMDA pillar “Supporting Global Development” in collaboration with the WMDA office and international content experts prepared this programme. We hope that this programme will be a useful addition to your knowledge, expertise and will be beneficial for your daily work.

A project team of the WMDA Pillar "Supporting Global Development" in collaboration with the WMDA office and international content experts prepared this programme and we hope that this programme will be a useful addition to your knowledge and expertise and will be beneficial for your daily work.

The Continuing Education will be focusing on maintaining and updating your current knowledge about immunology, the haematopoietic system, and genetics. Also, specific case studies will be discussed that can be useful in your daily job as search coordinator.

In the introduction module, you can find some more information about Continuing Education. You can also find the manual with information about the course, using the WMDA eLearning website and frequent asked questions (FAQ), although this manual is mainly focused on the previous two educational levels.

In Continuing Education, some modules consist of a lecture accompanied by a hand out file. Other modules contain very useful and interesting videos on certain topics of other organisations. All modules finish with a short multiple-choice test. After you have completed the test, we also would like you to fill out the evaluation survey. The comments received from the evaluation are valuable for us and we would like you to be as critical as possible to improve our content. This educational level does not include a final exam.  


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Module 1 Obstacles to Donation - Donor Health Issues

Course speaker(s):          Hung Yang, MD               Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry, Alexandria [AU]

This module describes the principles of donor health assessments, including the risk for both the donor and the patient/recipient, the different stages and time points when donor health assessments occur, and examples of identified donor health issues.

Module 2 Hematologic System Diseases

Course speaker(s):          Effie Petersdorf, MD      Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle [US]

In this module, you will learn more about hematologic system diseases, like anaemia, leukaemia, plasma cell dyscrasias and myeloproliferative diseases. The module describing the main characteristics of the following hematologic system diseases: 1) Anaemia 2) Leukaemia 3) Plasma cell dyscrasias 4) Myeloproliferative diseases.

Module 3 Basic Biology and Genetics of Killer Cell Immunoglobulin Like Receptors (KIR)

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

This module describes the biology behind the natural killer (NK) cell response and the function of Killer Cell Immunoglobulin-Like Receptors in normal situations and in relation to haematopoietic stem cell transplantation.


Module 4 Transplant Indications and Outcomes

Course speaker(s):          Mary Eapen, MD, MS     Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA CIBMTR, Milwaukee [US]

 In this module, you will learn more about disease-specific indications for haematopoietic stem cell transplant and outcomes.