The hematology-transplant service at Saint-Louis AP-HP-Nord hospital – Université Paris Cité is a service entirely dedicated to allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplants. It was created in 1973 by Professor Eliane Gluckman and then directed by her for 40 years. During these 50 years, many advances have been made, including, in 1988, the world’s first umbilical cord blood transplant.
This service was at the origin of the international file of bone marrow donors “France Greffe de Moelle” and of the French network of umbilical cord blood banks. Since the opening of the hematology-transplant service at Saint-Louis AP-HP-Nord hospital , more than 4,200 allografts have been performed. Currently, it is the largest service in terms of number of allografts in France and one of the leading European and international services.
At the same time, Prof Gluckman developed the university research laboratory on cell therapy (Eurocord) which published many articles in scientific journals, especially in the field of hereditary genetic diseases in children and on the immunogenetics of the HLA system.
On November 30, 2023, a ceremony for the 50th anniversary of the first allogeneic bone marrow transplantation was organised at the Saint-Louis AP-HP hospital (Paris) in presence of Professor Eliane Gluckman, Professor Gérard Socié and Professor Régis Peffault de Latour (past and present heads of the hematology-transplant department at the Saint-Louis AP-HP hospital), Nicolas Revel (general director of AP-HP), Vincent-Nicolas Delpech (director of the AP-HP.Nord, Université Paris Cité), Professor Agnès Lefort des Ylouses (president of the medical commission of the GHU AP-HP. Nord), Professor Philippe Ruszniewski (dean of the UFR of Medicine at Université Paris Cité), Professor Gérard Zalcman (medical director of the AP-HP.Nord Cancer Institute– Université Paris Cité) and Professor Pierre Fenaux (medical director of DMU DEPHI).
The ceremony took place at Saint Louis Hospital. It was opened with a speech by Professor Gluckman who recalled the beginnings of transplantation and the progress made to improve the treatment of patients suffering from malignant and non-malignant hematological diseases. At the end of the ceremony, Professors Gluckman, Socié and Peffault de Latour received a recognition award for their exceptional contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the field of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.