About AAMDSIF

The Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation is the world's leading nonprofit health organization dedicated to supporting patients and families living with aplastic anemia, myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) and related bone marrow failure diseases.

A highly-respected patient-focused organization, AAMDSIF's mission is to serve its community in every cycle of these diseases. That includes providing the vital information and resources needed to adjust to the initial life-altering phase of diagnosis and get through the potentially life-threatening treatment phase that follows. We then help patients and families manage the life-long stage of having a chronic disease.

The Foundation also does substantive work with health professionals, including being administrator of the MDS Clinical Research Consortium - a unique collaboration of six major academic medical centers designed to  maximize the results of MDS clinical trials, to the benefit of patients everywhere. AAMDSIF also organizes a two-day biennial event - The International Scientific Symposium for Bone Marrow Failure Disease. Sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, the meetings bring together clinical researchers and medical doctors who share and compare their knowledge of bone marrow failure. This scientific exchange helps to advance new theories and encourages collaboration in the search for the cures.  

AAMDSIF was founded in 1983 by families who had nowhere to turn when their loved ones were afflicted with bone marrow failure disease. Its patient education, advocacy and research programs are supported through individual contributions from grateful patients, families and friends, as well as foundations and corporations. For 11 consecutive years, AAMDSIF has earned the coveted 4-star rating from leading independent charity evaluator, Charity Navigator.  

AAMDSIF Programs and Services

  • Personalized Support from Patient Educators
    Email help@aamds.org or call (800) 747-2820.
  • Free Educational Materials
    Read the latest information on drugs, treatment and research. 
  • Online Academy 
    Watch and/or participate in webinars, live-streamed classes, interviews with experts and interactive courses.
  • Patient and Family Conferences                                                                                                                                                                                                         Attend our Free regional conferences. Hear from leading experts and learn from other patients.
  • Print and Electronic Newsletters
    Follow the latest news on research and medical advances and read inspirational patient stories. 
  • Clinical Trials Information
    Learn about clinical trials. If you want to find one, we can help.
  • Taking Control of Your Care
    Develop the skills to become a proactive patient so you can effectively advocate for your health care.
  • Peer Support Network
    Talk to our specially-trained volunteers, who are patient and family members and exceptionally good listeners. They share their own experiences and offer emotional support.
  • Community Connections (Previously "Community of Hope" support groups)
    Connect with a local volunteer-led group that works with AAMDSIF. It will provide information, peer support and an opportunity to get involved in awareness and fundraising activities. 

 The AAMDSIF Commitment

  • To serve bone marrow failure disease patients and families 
  • To educate health professionals on the latest disease-related information 
  • To fund medical research for developing better treatments and finding cures
  • To advocate for increased federal funding of bone marrow failure disease research
  • To promote public awareness of bone marrow failure diseases