Laurent Tirard

The complications of bone marrow transplantation represent a real societal challenge. Let’s support the HTC Project to empower researchers around the world to better understand the deep biological mechanisms of bone marrow transplant.

Laurent Tirard studied film at New York University and was a screenplay writer for Warner Bros in Los Angeles. He started as a journalist at Studio Magazine. For seven years, he interviewed film directors such as Woody Allen, David Lynch, Martin Scorsese, Jean-Luc Godard and the Coen brothers for a series of Leçons de cinéma whose collection was published in 2004 and 2006. In 2012 Laurent was diagnosed with a lymphoma that doctors did try to treat with chemotherapy before deciding to start a bone marrow transplant protocol. Hope reborn thanks to the generosity of a related donor, but doctors quickly diagnose severe complications, a complex form of GvHD attacks the skin, liver, lungs … This critical period is also that of isolation in a barren room, and to the doubts framed by a caring staff devoted despite the lack of means to fight the disease.

In 2018 Laurent is cured but has sequelae that remind him every day of the extreme fragility of patients facing such pathologies. By committing to the HTC Project, he wants to raise awareness on the issues of bone marrow transplantation, so that tomorrow, all patients suffering from serious blood cancers or severe immunodeficiency, can be supported in the best conditions.