Armenia’s First Stem Cell Harvesting Completed by ABMDR

LOS ANGELES—The Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry announced that for the first time in Armenia’s medical history a stem cell harvesting procedure was performed successfully in Yerevan Thursday by the Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry.

In an email message ABMDR president Dr. Frieda Jordan reported that the donor, a member of the Armenian community of Iran, flew to Yerevan for the procedure, which she said was very successful. The stem cells were transported to Belgium for a transplant procedure scheduled for Friday. Jordan said the donor was well enough to return to his family Friday.

“Our sincere congratulations and thanks to Dr. Sevak Avagyan, Dr. Mihran Nazaretyan and all our staff in Yerevan . They have been amazing!,” said Jordan. “We opened our harvesting center last year in April  and now we are seeing the fruits of our labor. Well done!”

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  1. john papazian said:

    Medical discovery is only one of our many talents it seems.National Geographic described us as “a wandering tribe of over achievers”.What will we think of next?

  2. Arto said:

    Sorry to bust your bubble John but Stem Cell Harvesting was not our discovery. Actually we’re a little behind in the sciences in Armenia today.

  3. Random Armenian said:

    It’s not a new medical discovery but programs such as this will hopefully advance medicine further in Armenia. Every little bit helps in making the country more self-sufficient. Better medicine is also important for Armenia which is not seeing much of any population growth.

    Many thanks to the donor who actually traveled from Iran to Armenia to make the donation.

  4. PureHye said:

    I’m glad to see science moving forward in a country filled with financial and political turmoil. I hope stem cell harvesting will be tightly regulated in Armenia and will not turn into another form of business as is currently done in some third world countries.