Hyundai Hope on Wheels

July 01, 2013 —

Researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine are currently engaged in a community-based project aimed at understanding reasons for the underrepresentation of South Florida minorities in bone marrow registries and public cord blood banks.  The study, led by principal investigator Martin Andreansky and co-investigator Eva Williams, is multi-faceted and includes the use of focus groups, surveys, and educational programming in communities across Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties.  Through this project, researchers hope to reveal unique barriers that South Florida minorities face in joining marrow registries and public cord blood banks.  These results will lead to the development of new and effective strategies to increase minority donor flow across the region.  The project is funded by Hyundai Hope on Wheels, a program which provides grants to institutions around the country that wish to pursue innovative pediatric cancer research. 

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West Palm Beach residents learn bout the importance of bone marrow transplants.

Research volunteer Carlie Myers educates West Palm Beach high school students and their parents about bone marrow transplants and the importance of joining registries.