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Foreword

To the editorial board and readers of Cellular Therapy and Transplantation”

 
Dear friends,

 

Not so long ago, it would have been hard for me to imagine that I would be writing a welcome letter for the pilot issue of a specialized scientific journal. However, as we say in Russia, mysterious are the ways of the Lord. As things turned out, the topics of this Journal, and especially, its aims and tasks, have proven very close to me.

In September 2007, the R. M. Gorbacheva Memorial Institute of Child Hematology and Transplantology was opened at the St. Petersburg State I. Pavlov Medical University.

The Gorbachev Foundation, the National Reserve Bank, and the Russian Ministry of Public Health Care were among the initiators of this modern medical department. They have done their best to afford construction of a representative building, acquisition of clinical equipment and medical drugs for the new Institute. Many specialists from this Institute have received the opportunity of undergoing professional training in foreign countries.

The Institute is now the largest Russian institution operating in this field of medicine. In the near future, 400 to 500 bone marrow transplantations will be carried out annually. Encouraging perspectives exist for the Institute, and, hence, for the children suffering from leukemia.

When performing such a highly sophisticated activity, many issues depend on broad interactions and on shared experience with the best medical and research centers, both in Europe and worldwide. I was happy to hear that the Institute has found the opportunity to organize annual scientific symposia in memory of Raisa Maximovna. Involvement in this international “Cellular Therapy and Transplantation” Journal will provide another method of exchange of novel results and ideas. A Journal with this specific scientific focus represents realistic hopes for recovery for children and their healing from such terrible diseases as leukemia.

With this mind, I wish the new Journal every success. Way to go!


Yours

Mikhail Gorbachev