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Sign up for bone marrow donor registry

October 19, 2017

Qualified dental professionals can register as potentially life-saving bone marrow donors and learn how to offer their patients the same opportunity.

At a kiosk in the Member Success Center, attendees can register as potential bone marrow donors, which involves filling out some paperwork and performing a self-administered cheek swab.

DKMS – We Delete Blood Cancer, the nonprofit that works with the world's largest network of bone marrow donor centers, also is offering free swab kits for dental offices so that dentists and dental staff can register willing patients into the National Bone Marrow Registry.

In 2012, the ADA House of Delegates passed a resolution to help member dentists understand the importance of promoting bone marrow matching programs. Res. 162H-2012 states "that the ADA urges members to support participation in the bone marrow matching program by providing appropriate literature in their offices, gathering samples and forwarding them for registration."

Donors must be between 18 and 55 years old and be in overall good health, according to the We Delete Blood Cancer website.

ADA 2017 participants can learn more about the registry at the Member Success Center booth, or by visiting

The Member Success Center booth is open the same hours as the Exhibit Hall:

  • Today, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.