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Bochtler W.,Zentrales Knochenmarkspender Register fur Deutschland | Maiers M.,NMDP National Marrow Donor Program | Bakker J.N.A.,Europdonor Foundation | Oudshoorn M.,Europdonor Foundation | And 5 more authors.
Bone Marrow Transplantation | Year: 2011

A major goal of the World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA) is to foster international transplants of hematopoietic stem cells through the establishment of guidelines and recommendations in this field. In this tradition, this study defines a comprehensive framework for HLA matching programs, which use intricate algorithms to rapidly select potential donors for a patient from a database and to present these donors in a prioritized list. Starting with the comparison of single HLA markers of the donor and the patient possibly obtained using different testing methodologies at different resolutions, the more complex matching of loci and phenotypes is inductively built up. The consensus of this international collaborative group describes the state of the art in the field and points out many important design options compatible with the best practice. This should help existing registries to review and validate the most critical part of their IT systems and newly created donor registries around the world to tackle one of their real challenges. © 2011 Macmillan Publishers Limited All rights reserved.

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