Dr. Amal Bishara: “The Arab Donor Project. A Decade of Experience”

        
20 November 2018. “The Arab Donor Project. A Decade of Experience”, Dr. Amal Bishara, (Hadassah Medical Center, Jerusalem)

Dr. Amal Bishara received her PhD degree from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
After a postdoctoral training in the US she started working at the Tissue Typing Unit, Hadassah Medical Center, Jerusalem. Since1993 she held the position as Laboratory Supervisor; from 2007 until 2018 she worked at Hadassah Registry as Primary Coordinator. Her research projects are mainly on the topics of Bone Marrow/ Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Transplantation (BM/PBSCT); tests to choose the best donor; cells involved in graft versus host disease which is the most frequent complication post BM/PBSCT; involvement of HLA and other genetic systems such receptors expressed on NK cells, in the post-transplantation complications, investigation of the interaction between primary fibroblast cultures and natural killer (NK) cells from stem cell transplants with and without graft versus host disease (GVHD) as well as immunology of solid organ transplantation.
Dr. Bishara published 40 pear reviewed articles in the H&I and related topics. In addition, more than 75 abstracts were presented at national and international meetings. She is a member of the American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics, the European Federation of Immunology, the Israel Transplantation Society as well as the Israel Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics Association. Her national and international positions include Member of the Israeli Ministry of Health committees for Lung, Heart and Kidney Transplantation, efi inspector since 2009, Commissioner for 08a efi region since 20014, and member of efi accreditation committee. In addition, she holds an Honorary Diploma from the European Board of Transplantation Immunology.
2008 she established with Prof. Chaim Brautbar and Dr. Shoshana Israel, the Arab Donor Registry that is part of the Hadassah Registry, responsible for all the activity of this outreached registry. She conducted interaction with the community, with the media, recruiting donors and so on. As of April 2018 this registry contains 37,000 Arab donors. For this activity, she was chosen as “Outstanding Women Scientist “ one of 13 women scientists in the Middle East by the Program of the environment, Science, Technology and Health regional office at the USA embassy in Amman and received a leadership award by the American National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) October 2013.

Welcome: Ass. Prof. Dr. Gerda Leitner, MedUni Wien, Head of “Universitätsklinik für Blutgruppenserologie und Transfusionsmedizin”, University of Vienna
Introduction: Susi Shaked, President Center for Israel Studies

Summary of The Arab Donor Project 2008-2018