Sophisticated research facilities and advanced laboratories are necessary to bring the true benefits of transplantation to patients in need. MCW with its close affiliation with the International Bone Marrow Transplant Registry and the Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin, using the excellent treatment facilities of Froedtert Hospital and Children's Wisconsin, is able to bring to patients in need state of the art treatments. The research arm of MCW is contributing to advancing the state of the art in cancer therapy and in the application of stem cell and gene therapy techniques to treat new diseases such as multiple sclerosis, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. These advanced techniques require the sophisticated facilities and advanced laboratories and expertise that combine research with treatment of patient diseases.
The CIBMTR also facilitates and coordinates the Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) Clinical Trials Network (CTN). The CTN, established in October 2001 conducts large multi-institutional clinical trials in the field of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. These trials address cutting edge issues in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), increasing the understanding of treatment approaches as well as developing novel ideas in the field. Dr. Mary M. Horowitz, a practicing transplant physician within the MCW BMT program. is the Scientific Director of the CIBMTR and coordinates the Bone Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network.
The goals of the Medical College of Wisconsin blood and marrow transplant programs are to save lives by applying state of the art technology to diseases in which Blood and marrow transplantation has demonstrated effectiveness, to extend the benefits of these treatments into new diseases where before little hope existed, and to improve therapies using genetic and immune manipulations and other targeted approaches that have higher success rates with fewer adverse side effects or complications.