National Conference on Blood Disorders in Public Health, March 9-11, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia

The goal of the two and a half -day conference is to serve as the catalyst for developing a nationally recognized public health framework for promoting the health of and improving outcomes among people at risk for or affected by a non-malignant blood disorder. The conference, hosted by CDC in partnership with the American Society of Hematology, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, will gather together public health practitioners, medical professionals, health educators, health communication specialists, health informatics specialists, researchers, policymakers, international public health colleagues, advocacy groups, public health professional organizations and associations, private sector leaders, and others involved in work related to blood disorders.

(click here for links to the conference website and abstract submission deadline dates)

11th Annual Diamond Blackfan Anemia International Consensus Conference, March 13 - 15, 2010

If you are doing active research on DBA and would like to present a short primary report or a short follow-up report, please submit a 1-page abstract for review by December 14, 2009 via e-mail to Lauren Carroll at

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The 10th International Consensus Conference 2009

The Daniella Foundation would like to thank all that attended the 10th Annual DBA International Consensus Conference March 14 - 16, 2009


Research Grant Opportunity! - Pre-application Submission Deadline: July 9, 2009

As many of you know from DMAF's notices earlier in the year, the Department of Defense is supporting a $5M Bone Marrow Failure Research Program (BMFRP). The Program office has released the details for the first of three grant opportunities within this program. The first award mechanism will be a "BMFRP Exploration - Hypothesis Development Award".

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2008 ASH Merit Award - EMILY DEVLIN, BA

The American Society of Hematology recognized Undergraduate Student Emily Devlin, BA for her abstract A Mouse Model for Diamond-Blackfan Anemia Demonstrates a Dominant Negative Effect of a Point Mutation in the RPS19 Gene Abstract #38.

Presenters who received the highest ranking in their categories of undergraduate student, medical student, graduate student, resident physician, and post-doctoral fellow. Merit Award winners receive a $500 honorarium plus annual meeting travel reimbursement.

THE HILL, OP-ED by Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy, September 24, 2008

Several years ago, I was introduced to a brave woman named Marie Arturi. Marie came to me because her daughter had recently fallen victim to an exceptionally rare bone marrow failure disorder called Diamond Blackfan Anemia (DBA). She wanted people to know about the existence of the disease and the devastation it has caused to her family, amongst only a scattered handful of others. There currently is no cure for DBA other than stem cell (bone marrow) transplantation, and the treatments have limitations.

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ICC - Clinical Care Consensus Document Published

After much anticipation and with great excitement we are proud to announce publication of the article "Diagnosing and treating Diamond Blackfan anemia: results of an international clinical consensus conference". This document has just been published in the British Journal of Haematology. Thank you Dr's Vlachos and Lipton and all involved in this important document.

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Update on a formal Leucine Trial for DBA patients

A presentation by Dr. Pospisilova of the Czech Republic at the 2008 DBA International Conference in March has generated significant interest among the DBA community regarding the potential benefits of leucine in DBA patients. Following Dr. Pospisilova's presentation, the Diamond Blackfan Anemia Registry (DBAR) team led by Dr. Adrianna Vlachos of Schneider Children's Hospital and the Daniella Maria Arturi Foundation have been working together to pursue a pure leucine trial for DBA patients in the United States and we are making significant progress!

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Marie and Manny Arturi with Congresswoman McCarthy
The mission of the Daniella Maria Arturi Foundation (DMAF) is to stimulate and support advanced clinical and laboratory research and clinical care initiatives in Diamond Blackfan Anemia (DBA), while increasing DBA awareness among the scientific, medical, and government communities. Read more
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