Dear blood donors, patients, students, colleagues, dear ladies and gentlemen,

since early antiquity, people have been aware of the extraordinary healing power of blood. Blood was used therapeutically in a wide variety of ways and was even perceived as an emblem of human consciousness.

Following this tradition, our team at the Institute of Transfusion Medicine - Transfusion Centre of the University Medical Centre of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz aims at testing the blood generously donated by our donors for its safety and at making it available to our patients at the highest quality and within the shortest possible time. We employ state-of-the-art methodologies for carrying out diagnostics for the determination of blood groups, irregular antibodies or tissue typing, which is important for transplantation medicine. Our team collects haematopoietic stem cells, which are used for transplantation, for example in patients with leukaemia, and we are involved in the treatment of certain diseases with the help of various procedures. We offer assistance with all questions related to transfusion medicine.
In addition to these clinical activities, we also actively perform research on the bone marrow as the site of origin of the haematopoietic stem cell, from which blood cells cells derive, as well as on the interactions of the bone marrow with malignant cells, e.g. leukaemia cells, as a novel objective in transfusion medicine. By this work we hope to develop novel therapies. We are also actively involved in the development of innovative cellular immunotherapies, e.g. for the treatment of cancer.

In collaboration with you we look forward to enriching the long tradition of the Transfusion Centre with innovative, forward-looking approaches at the Institute of Transfusion Medicine - Transfusion Centre.

Sincerely, yours

Prof. Daniela S. Krause