Prof. Dr. med. Anthony D. Ho has been Chair of the Department of Medicine V (Hematology, Medical Oncology and Rheumatology) of the University of Heidelberg since April 1998. He attended Medical School at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, and at the Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg and graduated in 1974. Thereafter he received training in internal medicine, hematology and medical oncology at the Medical Center of the University of Heidelberg. In 1990 he accepted a position as Full Professor at the University of Ottawa, Canada, and founded a cancer research center and a bone marrow transplant unit at the Northeastern Ontario Regional Cancer Center, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. Accepting an offer as Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), he relocated to San Diego in 1992. Subsequently he was appointed Co-division Chief of Hematology-Oncology at UCSD from 1994-1998. His tenure at UCSD ended in April 1998 when as he accepted his present position as Chair of the Department of Medicine V in Heidelberg. His focus of research has been the behavior and biology of marrow derived stem cells and their applications in clinical transplantation. He has built up blood stem cell transplantation units at University of Heidelberg, the Cancer Center in Sudbury and at UCSD. He is a member of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences, and the National Ethics Commission for Stem Cell Research of Robert-Koch Institute, Berlin. He received the title of Honorary Professor from the Tongji Medical University in Wuhan, China, in October 2003.