Transfusion and Hematopoietic Stem Cells: Proceedings of the 6th Hokkaido Symposium on Transfusional Medicine

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9780865429116: Transfusion and Hematopoietic Stem Cells: Proceedings of the 6th Hokkaido Symposium on Transfusional Medicine

Clinicians have been aware of the therapeutic benefits of hematopoietic stem cells for many years, with bone marrow transplantation being established as an effective treatment for a wide variety of hematological and malignant diseases.
Alternative methods of transfusing stem cells have come to the fore more recently. Peripheral blood stem cells (PBSCs) are being used in autologous and, increasingly, in allogeneic transplantations; umbilical cord blood has also been found to be a particularly rich source of stem cells and its use in allogeneic transplantation is currently in the stages of development. Gene therapy is one of the most exciting medical advances this decade and the possibility of using hematopoietic stem cells as a carrier of information provides a new horizon for this therapeutic technique.
This book records the proceedings of the Sixth Hokkaido Symposium on Transfusion Medicine, attended by the world's leading clinicans and research scientists. The topics discussed include: the current status of stem cell transplantation; collection, characterization and cell regulation; in vitro and in vivo expansion of hematopoietic stem cells, and stem cells and their potential use in gene therapy.
Providing an international perspective on stem cell research and future applications in clinical medicine, this book will be a useful resource for hematologists, transfusion scientists, oncologists, and pathologists wishing to keep abreast of this exciting subject.

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