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Our History

Amidst all of our individual stories, we have witnessed moments of courage and a lifetime of hope with our fundamental wish being to see a future where bone marrow failure disease is treatable.


Orphan Drug Act Bill is approved and President Reagan signs into law in January, 1983.

Parents of young aplastic anemia patient establish the Aplastic Anemia Foundation with the help of physicians from Johns Hopkins University.


Orphan Drug Act Amendment: rare disease is defined as fewer than 200,000 diagnosed annually.


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Research Grant Award Program is Established.


The Aplastic Anemia Foundation establishes a Medical Advisory Board. Founding members who are still serving include Dr. Neal Young and Dr. Joachim Deeg.


Foundation expands its scope to create educational materials and a volunteer network for MDS patients and families.


Foundation begins to also support PNH patients and families.


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European Union adopts Orphan Law.

14 research grants awarded since 1989.


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NIH Establishes clinicaltrials.gov

Foundation officially changes its name to the Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation (AAMDSIF).


Rare Diseases Act signed establishing the NIH Rare Disease Clinical Research Network.

First Patient and Family Conference held in Denver, Colorado.


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FDA approves Vidaza® (azacitidine) for use in patients with subtypes of MDS.


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FDA approves Revlimid® (lenalidomide) as a therapy for the treatment of myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS).

FDA approves Exjade® (deferasirox) as a once daily oral iron chelator approved for chronic iron overload due to blood transfusion dependent thalassemia.

First International Scientific Symposium is held in the greater Washington, D.C. area with world-renowned faculty.


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FDA approves Dacogen™ (decitabine) for the treatment of patients with MDS.


FDA approves Soliris® (eculizumab) as a therapy for paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH).


First collaboration with Cleveland Clinic at the annual American Society of Hematology conference.


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Inaugural March for Marrow Indianapolis is organized. Previously called Hope, Steps and a Cure.

30 research grants awarded since 2000.


Rare disease office established at the FDA: Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Office of New Drugs.


MDS Update Newsletters

The MDS Update newsletter is published connecting patients and families with news, research, and expert opinions.


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The MDS Clinical Research Consortium is established with funding received from the Edward P. Evans Foundation. Members include Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute, Dana-Farber Cancer Center, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Weill Cornell Medicine Leukemia Program.


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AAMDSIF presents at the Oncology Nurses Society's annual conference.


FDA approves use of Promacta® (eltrombopag) for patients with severe aplastic anemia.


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AAMDSIF establishes The Patient Advisory Committee for Clinical Trials (PACCT+) with a grant received from The Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute.


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AAMDSIF re-branding with new logo, updated education materials and refreshed website.


Symposium in Mexico

AAMDSIF held its first International Regional Bone Marrow Failure Disease Symposium in León, Guanajuato, Mexico.


MarrowCommunity is launching to allow patients and caregivers to join disease-specific forums, connect with others, ask questions, get support, and share their stories, challenges and triumphs.

Since 1989, AAMDSIF has awarded 92 research grants focused on bone marrow failure disease totaling more than $5M.


Now more than 35 years later, the Foundation continues its work serving as the patient voice in advocacy and partnering with the pharmaceutical industry. We provide education and information to health professionals and patients diagnosed with aplastic anemia, MDS, PNH, AML, CLL, CMML, GVHD, MF, MPN and PRCA.

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