Young scientists invited to apply for R4.2m research grant

Date:5 November 2021 Tags:, , , ,

The DKMS Foundation for Giving Life invites young scientists worldwide to apply for the John Hansen Research Grant. The research grant is endowed with over R4.2m (€240,000) each, paid over a period of three years.

With this sum, the foundation annually supports up to four international young scientists with promising research projects in the field of blood stem cell transplantation and cell therapy.

DKMS is known as an international non-profit organisation in the fight against blood cancer. Over 11 million potential blood stem cell donors are registered there, and in its 30-year history, DKMS has already given more than 95 000 blood cancer patients a second chance at life.

In addition, the world’s leading blood stem cell donor centre is also working intensively in the medical and scientific field to further improve the survival and healing chances of blood cancer patients.

“As long as there are still patients who suffer relapses or die from life-threatening complications such as graft-versus-host disease, we are far from reaching our goal,” says Marcel van den Brink, Chairman of the DKMS Foundation Board.

“It is important to us to drive scientific progress in this niche medical field. In this way, we contribute to the further development of existing treatment options and the discovery of new ones,” Van den Brink adds.

John A. Hansen, after whom the scholarship is named, was an outstanding oncologist and distinguished immunogeneticist at the renowned Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

With his excellent achievements in the field of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, this dedicated and compassionate physician made a significant contribution to increasing the efficacy and safety of blood stem cell and bone marrow transplants – and thus gave numerous patients a new chance at life.

As a long-standing member of the board of the DKMS Foundation for Giving Life and a member of the DKMS Medical Advisory Board, he was deeply connected to the DKMS family.

Requirements for participation include a doctorate or comparable qualification dating back no more than eight years. All information on the application modalities as well as further details on the John Hansen Research Grant are available on the DKMS Professionals` Platform – If you have any questions, you are also welcome to contact DKMS by email: The application deadline is December 3, 2021.

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