Rainer Storb, M.D.

We are honored to welcome Rainer Storb, M.D., as the presenter of the first annual Karl G. Blume, M.D., Memorial Lecture.

In 1965 Dr. Storb traveled from Germany on a Fulbright Fellowship and joined the Division of Hematology at the University of Washington with Dr. E. Donnall Thomas, where he participated in the birth of the Seattle bone marrow transplantation program.

For the past 48 years, he has worked to develop new concepts in transplantation biology including: demonstration of peripheral blood stem cells for allogeneic transplantation, the importance of in vitro histocompatibility typing; immunologic recovery after transplantation; development of conditioning programs for transplantation; uncovering the nature of graft-host tolerance, and developing strategies of treating and preventing graft-vs-host disease. His current work focuses on establishing allogeneic grafts, using reduced intensity conditioning regimens to treat genetic and malignant diseases in the outpatient setting.

Dr. Storb has trained over 140 researchers in his laboratory, and many more clinically, who are now raising the standard of hematopoietic cell transplantation biology research throughout the world.