WMDA – Continuing Education



As a professional working in the field of blood stem cell transplantation, you want to stay up-to-date with the latest developments in the field. Therefore, WMDA developed Continuing Education. This programme is valuable for anyone working in this field.

Course Summary

If you sign up, you will receive access to 4 modules. Two modules have a 1-hour lecture accompanied by a handout, a glossary and finishes with a multiple-choice test. The other two modules are based on online information and sources from external websites and include guidance and finishes with a multiple-choice test. Depending on your educational background, you will spend around 3-5 hours per module.

At the bottom of this page, you will find the details about the modules. Take a look to see what fits best with your professional expertise.

Course Setup

The WMDA Continuing Education is based on a subscription for the total course. It is possible to purchase selected modules only. After finishing the modules, you will receive a certificate as proof of your participation.


For EBMT/EFI/WMDA members/staff members of WMDA member registries:
Per module € 75
Total course € 300
For non‐members:
Per module € 141,25
Total course € 565

Prices are excluding VAT. An invoice will be sent to all persons who have registered for the course.

How to register for the Continuing Education total course or selected modules?

You can register by clicking on the ‘Register yourself’ button below and filling out the form. During the registration procedure, we ask you to provide the details of a supervisor. We need these details to be sure that you get the time to follow the course or modules and received approval for the costs. We will use these supervisor’s details in case we cannot reach you personally anymore.

You can find here the terms and conditions: WMDA Terms and Conditions

Register yourself


You can contact the WMDA office by email: education@wmda.info.



Detailed Content Information

   Obstacles to Donation- Donor Health Issues



This module describes the principles of donor health assessments, including the risk for both the donor and the patient/recipient, the different stages and time points when donor health assessments occur, and examples of identified donor health issues.

Learning objectives

  • Understand the principles of assessing the health of allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell (HPC) matched unrelated donors (MUDs).
  • Describe the stages of allogeneic/ MUD HPC donor assessment and how donor health issues are identified
  • Explain why criteria’s for the same condition may vary at different stages of donor assessment
  • Understand the format of the WMDA Donor Medical Suitability wiki resource and how the stated rationales might apply to other donor health issues that are similar or related.
Speaker Hung Yang, MD
Affiliation Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry, Alexandria, Australia
Target Audience Search Coordinators, donor coordinators, transplant coordinators, professionals involved in donor selection, physicians, donor recruiters.


   Hematologic System Diseases



In this module, you will learn more about hematologic system diseases, like anaemia, leukaemia, plasma cell dyscrasias and myeloproliferative diseases.

Learning objectives

Describing the main characteristics of the following hematologic system diseases:

  • Anaemia
  • Leukaemia
  • Plasma cell dyscrasias
  • Myeloproliferative diseases
Target Audience Search Coordinators, donor coordinators, transplant coordinators, professionals involved in donor selection.


   Basic Biology and Genetics of Killer Cell Immunoglobulin Like Receptors (KIR)



This module describes the biology behind the natural killer (NK) cell response and the function of Killer Cell Immunoglobulin-Like Receptors in normal situations and in relation to haematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

Learning objectives

  • Explain why NK cell infusions might benefit recipients
  • Describe how NK cells function
  • List KIR family members and their ligands relevant to transplantation
  • Understand how KIR biology might relate to the outcome of haematopoietic stem cell transplantation
  • Use web-based tools to incorporate KIR into donor selection
Speaker Carolyn Hurley, PhD, D(ABHI)
Affiliation Department of Oncology, Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA
Target Audience Search Coordinators, professionals involved in donor selection, physicians.


   Transplant Indications and Outcomes



In this module, you will learn more about disease-specific indications for haematopoietic stem cell transplant and outcomes.

Learning objectives

  • Determine which patients may benefit from a haematopoietic stem cell transplant
  • Compare transplant outcomes and trends by age, disease stage, and transplant type
  • Determine patient eligibility
  • Determine the timing of transplantation from the transplant referral timing guidelines
  • Determine the post-transplant care required for the patient from the post-transplant guidelines
  • Compare the cell sources in relation to transplant outcome
Target Audience Search Coordinators, donor coordinators, transplant coordinators, professionals involved in donor selection, nurses.