What we do
Who is doing it
Daphne Thijssen, Directeur Sanquin Bloodbank
Curing people indefinitely
Who we do it for
“Getting better with the help of gene therapy so that she herself will be able to make healthy blood cells again.”
“What if you are sick and only 0.001% of all blood donors are able to give you the right type of blood? That’s my reality. Because of my sickle cell disease I regularly need blood. I have developed so many antibodies against red blood cells that only a handful of blood donors worldwide can help me.”
Milka (20) has been receiving blood all her life and is for ever grateful to all donors. But imagine if Milka is again able to make healthy blood cells herself again, so that she is no longer dependent on the blood of donors?
Sanquin Research develops methods that can repair genetic defects in blood-forming stem cells. After returning these repaired stem cells, patients like Milka themselves would be able to make healthy blood cells.
What we need
With your donation to Sanquin Research Fund we can do further research into the complex technology needed to correct the genetic error in the DNA of these patients.