Abu Dhabi: The Department of Health Abu Dhabi (DOH), the regulator of the healthcare sector in Abu Dhabi, has announced the Abu Dhabi Stem Cells Centre (ADSCC) as a Centre of Excellence in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.
The announcement is a recognition to the centre’s state-of-the-art infrastructure and its high-quality services in bone marrow transplantation.
The announcement was made at a ceremony organised by the Department of Health in Abu Dhabi at its headquarters in the presence of Mr. Mansoor Ibrahim Al Mansoori, Chairman of the Department of Health in Abu Dhabi, Dr. Noura Al Ghaithi, Acting Undersecretary of the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi, Dr. Yendry Ventura, CEO of the Abu Dhabi Stem Cells Centre, and Dr. Fatima Alkaabi, Executive Director of Bone Marrow Transplant Programme at the Abu Dhabi Stem Cells Centre.
Dr. Yendry Ventura, CEO of Abu Dhabi Stem Cells Centre, commented that “it is a great honour to be selected as a Centre of Excellence in bone marrow transplantation. Having been tasked with turning the vision of our wise leadership in bone marrow transplantation and cellular therapy into a reality, we will take this responsibility to ensure sustainable financial models and accessibility for all patients.”
Dr. Fatima Alkaabi, Executive Director of the Bone Marrow Transplant Program at ADSCC, highlighted the ground-breaking aspect of the programme as the first of its kind to conduct a bone marrow transplant successfully in the UAE in July 2020 and the first centre in the Middle East to offer marrow transplantation for patients with multiple sclerosis in November 2022.
The Abu Dhabi Bone Marrow Transplant Program provides treatment to all patients through the Abu Dhabi Stem Cells Centre as well as Yas Clinic Khalifa City. Through comprehensive clinical care, starting from the initial consultation to assess the patient’s eligibility for treatment, conducting pre-transplant examinations, to assessing and searching for donors by offering access to international records of bone marrow banks and all cell collections by a specialised team.