Joint LUMC Sanquin Jon J van Rood Center for Clinical Transfusion Research
On May 26, 2010 the Jon J van Rood Centre for Clinical Transfusion Research officially opened. The Center is a joint collaboration between Sanquin and the Leiden University Medical Center. This already long standing collaboration is focussed on scientific research and education in the field of blood transfusion medicine. The Center is involved in training for medical specialists on blood transfusion medicine.
Within the Jon J van Rood Center, the Center of Clinical Transfusion Research (consisting of the Department of Clinical Transfusion Research of Sanquin Research and the Unit Transfusion Medicine of Sanquin Blood Bank) collaborate closely with the departments of Clinical Epidemiology and Immunohaematology and Blood Bank of Leiden University Medical Center. Various clinical departments of this university hospital are involved in a number of clinically relevant studies and clinical trials in the field of blood transfusion medicine.
Professor Jon van Rood died in 2017 at the age of 91, still active in research and transplantation. He was a pioneer in the field of transplantation and blood transfusion research, and still very active as a scientist. He founded Eurotransplant - an international organization for organ and tissue transplants - as well as stem cell bank Europdonor. He was part of the team that in 1968 performed the first successful bone marrow transplants in Europe. Read more about Jon van Rood's important contribution to research and patient care in his obituary in Vox Sanquinis.