Research and Education Council

Everyone who has been touched by bone marrow failure disease longs for the day when it will no longer be a life-threatening disorder,” says Stephanie Hamm, longtime board member of AAMDSIF and Chair of the Research and Education Council.

Stephanie lost her son to aplastic anemia when he was in his late 20’s and has been dedicated to raising funds and awareness for the Foundation and its research programs ever since.

The Research and Education Council is a new initiative dedicated to increasing research and public education for bone marrow failure disease.

The Council is comprised of individuals – patients, parents, spouses, children, family members and friends - who have been touched by bone marrow failure disease and want to ensure that these diseases are no longer life-threatening for future generations.

Our goal is to raise funds for research, education and awareness so that there is public recognition and understanding for bone marrow failure diseases.  Ultimately we want more research dollars and more investigators to dedicate their studies around understanding our bone marrow.  

AAMDSIF recognizes that MORE public recognition leads to MORE research and this translates into patients feeling better and living longer.

The Council raises funds for public education and annual research grants for all of the major bone marrow diseases with the AAMDSIF Medical Advisory Board reviewing, selecting and awarding topics based on the following criteria:

  •     Understanding etiology and pathogenesis;
  •     Improving symptom management and the quality of life;
  •     Discovering new treatments; and understanding and preventing complications of bone marrow failure conditions (e.g., blood clotting/thrombosis in PNH, iron overload in MDS, etc).

Members support the Council with personal gifts and contributions or help raise funds for by opening doors, writing endorsements, making introductions to advance our shared goal and recruiting others to join in our collective fight.

Research Council membership benefits include:

  •     Regular research updates with AAMDSIF leadership or current researchers
  •     Opportunity to learn and hear the current research from top experts
  •     Opportunity to make a lasting and memorable difference for a loved one and for the community by eradicating bone marrow failure disease
  •     Opportunity to serve as a champion for healthy bone marrow

For more information and learn about participating, please contact Serap Akisoglu, Chief Development Officer at (301) 944-1072, akisoglu@aamds.org.