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Thursday , August 22 2019

Kuwaiti doctor ‘completes’ stem cell transplant program in UK

1st to receive stem cell transplant certificate


Kuwaiti Dr. Sondos Al-Shereda

LONDON, April 13, (KUNA): Kuwaiti Dr Sondos Al-Shereda completes a two-year training program in cultivation of stem cells at the Leeds Medical Center in the United Kingdom. Al-Shereda is the first Kuwaiti to receive a stem cell transplant certificate from Leedsbased training center in the United Kingdom which is recognized by the European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT), and International Society for Cell and Gene Therapy (ISO), Dr Becky James, program supervisor at the Leeds Center said.

Al-Shereda told KUNA that she has specialized in stem cell transplantation since 2016 until the end of her studies in mid-March, noting that during her studies at the center, she participated as a stem cell consultant and pediatric obstetrician in the Leeds, which serves seven counties from starting from Yorkshire. She pointed out that she is the second consultant working in the center after Dr Becky James.

During her stay in Britain, she worked on growing multiple stem cells for children to cure various diseases such as bone marrow disease, Beta thalassemia, severe sickle cell disease, Leukemia, and non-genetic sickle cell anemia by using the most recent technologies used to treat implant rejection, she have successfully addressed the most difficult cases of implantations and their problems.

Al-Shereda is the first Kuwaiti and Gulf doctor to be a member of the British Board of Pediatric bone marrow Transplantation, and European Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT). Al-Shereda stressed that she is seeking to make Kuwait a center of the Jesse international educational organization, which will, enables Kuwait to join the (EBMT). She expressed the hope that the Ministry of Health will support the establishment of the Stem Cell Program for Children, which will be presented to the Ministry soon, in coordination with the Center for Transplantation of the bone marrow at the Sheikha Badriya Al- Ahmad Center in Kuwait and the National Bank Hospital.

By Khaled Al-Dehani

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