Welcome to the Bone Marrow for Leukaemia Trust Website
Welcome and thank you for visiting the Bone Marrow for Leukaemia Trust website. We are a charity specifically dedicated to supporting people in Ireland who have leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma and have had or may need a stem cell transplant.
We provide direct support for patients and their relatives – especially recognising the support needed for those coming from outside Dublin. We also support the running of the Haematology Department in St James Hospital, Dublin, in the national allogeneic transplant centre. It is the only location where an adult can receive a sibling or matched unrelated donor stem cell transplant.
The European Group for Blood and Bone Marrow Transplantation (EBMT) conferred Professor Shaun McCann with Honorary Life Membership in April 2014. Less than 30 people internationally have achieved this honour. Conferred by the president of the EBMT Professor Alejandro Madrigal at the Annual meeting of the EBMT in Milan, the citation states:
The EBMT is very proud to acknowledge your many achievements in the advancement of your field and your enormous contributions not only in Ireland but also to the global field of transplantation, which have helped save the lives of many patients, and also for your major contribution to the training of your colleagues and young medical doctors.
This prestigious award has been granted in the past to only a small number of highly regarded individuals and I am honoured to add your name to this list.
Professor McCann graduated from UCD in 1970. He was one of the first UCD graduates to enter the SHO rotation of the (then) Federated Voluntary Hospitals. He was a Specialist Medical Fellow at the University of Minnesota (1972-74) and was trained in the technique of Stem Cell Transplantation by Nobel Laureate Professor E. Donal Thomas and colleagues at the University of Washington in Seattle in 1981.
Professor McCann was a consultant haematologist in St. James’ Hospital (1983 -2010) and Professor of Haematology in Trinity College Dublin (1995-2010). He carried out the first successful Bone Marrow Transplant for Leukaemia in 1984 and established the National Stem Cell Transplant Service. He was appointed National Medical Director of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service by Minister Michael Noonan TD in April 1995 to restructure and reorganise the IBTS and to ensure an adequate blood supply during the Hepatitis C controversy.
The following year he returned to St. James’ Hospital having persuaded the Chairman of the IBTS, Mr J Holloway, to erect a purpose-built National Blood Centre on the campus of a teaching hospital. The new centre was subsequently sited on the campus of St. James’ Hospital. Under Professor McCann’s direction the Transplant Unit received a license from the IMB to carry out allogeneic, autologous and unrelated transplants. Professor McCann was instrumental in founding the Institute of Molecular Medicine, (IMM) in St. James’ Hospital with Professor Dermot Kelleher and the late Professor Donal Hollywood (1997).
The IMM developed into the Durkan Building and eventual founding of Molecular Medicine Ireland (MMI). Professor McCann was appointed Professor of Academic Medicine in TCD (2009-2013) and under his direction the undergraduate curriculum altered in line with the Fottrell Report, Medical Education in Ireland, A New Direction.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians in Ireland and Edinburgh, a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists and an Honorary Fellow of Trinity College, Dublin. He was the first president and a founding member of the Haematology Association of Ireland (HAI).
On receiving the award he said: This is a great honour, not just for me but for the whole team in St. James’ Hospital.
Professor McCann is currently Chair of the European Hematology Association Training on Line Unit, (EHATol Unit) and is a member of the Education, Out-Reach and Communications committees of the EHA.
Thanks to all who attended the Dance in the Ballroom of Romance, Glenfarne, Co Leitrim and the Gathering in Willie's Bar Tyrellspass, Co Westmeath. Your support for the families and the BMLT is really appreciatied. As well as all the fundraising events taking place all over the country over the coming months, we have a substantial number of runners in the Great Limerick Run and the Flora Women's Mini Marathon. For some more fundraising ideas why not have a look at some past events, such as the Remembrance Run. the Kilkenny Marathon, or this years walking challenge to Montenegro & Croatia ? Why not check the mycharity site for more events for ideas and perhaps these, or those above might inspire you to organise an event! If so, please contact us and let us know.
Please also take a look at our testimonials page where patients or family describe their experience with blood cancer and we also now have some blogs written by those with personal experience - you can access these from the Blogs menu item above.