Since its inception in 1989, the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund has sponsored 223 research grants to 126 investigators worldwide. Donors to the Fund have seen their gifts multiply many fold in that pilot grants from the Fund have enabled many FA researchers to go on to receive major grants for FA research from the National Institutes of Health and other funding sources worldwide. Donations to the Fund have helped us advance FA science more rapidly than ever thought possible.
For example, no FA genes had been identified in 1989. Today 21 genes have been discovered.
Bone marrow transplant success rates for FA patients with a matched unrelated donor have risen from 0% in 1989 to over 87% today in some transplant centers that specialize in Fanconi anemia. Matched sibling donor transplants have risen from a 35% success rate to close to 100% today in those centers.
The Fund encourages researchers to apply for sponsorship of research that will advance the science relating to Fanconi anemia.