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The Bone Marrow for Leukaemia Trust (BMLT) is a national charitable organisation dedicated to supporting the St James’s Hospital stem cell unit, patients and families living with leukaemias, lymphomas, myeloma and other blood diseases.

We were specifically set up in order to help fund the building of a specialised transplant unit in Ireland. This resulted in the transplant unit in St James’s Hospital in Dublin. Currently we are focused on supporting patients and to this end; we support the hospital and the medical team in providing the best possible care.


“The vision to treat; the mission to care”


The BMLT is committed to providing financial support for the stem cell transplantation unit in St James’ Hospital in order that it can provide expert medical care to patients suffering from leukaemias, lymphoma, myeloma and other blood diseases.  We are committed to support vital research into all aspects of malignant blood disorders including, diagnosis, treatment, psychosocial impact and ultimately cures for leukaemias, lymphomas, myeloma and related blood disorders.  We also fund research grants and fellowships for talented researchers.


Leukaemia, lymphomas, and myeloma can develop in anyone at any age, at any time.  There is often little warning and treatment may be required within a matter of days.  It is a life-changing event for both the patient and family.  Families outside of Dublin often need to relocate quickly to Dublin to be nearer to the treatment unit in St James’s Hospital and this may be for an extended period. 

Relocation is particularly traumatic as it often occurs after diagnosis, resulting in patients and their families adjusting to their new circumstances without the benefit of established local support networks. Combined with the medical costs and loss of income, many families find themselves in difficult financial circumstances whilst coping the shock and emotional turmoil associated with the diagnosis. Treatment for haematological cancers lasts on average for 9 months but can continue for years.

The BMLT is committed to providing specialised support for these patients and their families throughout their journey from diagnosis to recovery.  An extensive team of highly trained doctors, pharmacists, specialist nurses, and allied health care professionals provides this support.  The Trust offers support to patients from all counties.


It is now over 25 years since the first successful bone marrow transplant for leukaemia was carried out in St. James’s Hospital, Dublin by Professor Shaun McCann. Prior to 1984 all patients needing a transplant were obliged to travel to the UK.  This is why Professor Ian Temperley, the late Eugene Murray and other friends resolved to radically change the way leukaemia was treated in Ireland.

The Bone Marrow for Leukaemia Trust was set up to provide funding and support for a dedicated bone marrow transplant unit in the country.  The Trust grew and prospered and the first Transplant unit was opened in St James Hospital in 1984, undertaking six transplants in its opening year. 

In 1995 the Transplant unit moved to a new specifically designed and built area in the new St. James’s Hospital which in turn was subsequently replaced by a state of the art unit, containing 21 air conditioned, en suite rooms in 2001.

Bone Marrow for Leukaemia Trust - Medical Doctors

Professor Paul Browne

Dr. Eibhlin Conneally

Professor. Elisabeth Vanderberghe

Dr Catherine Flynn

Dr Patrick Hayden

Board Members

Chairman of the Board:


Professor Shaun McCann

Members:   Professor Paul Browne
  Mr Michael Cronin
  Mr Alan Tate
Dr Emer Lawlor

Ms Sheila Sugrue

Mr Brian Fitzgerald 

Co. Secretary   Mr Edward Flemming