Identifying initiating cells in leukaemia

Lead researcher

Dr David Izon, Dr Andrew Wei

Institution

Haematology and Leukaemia Unit, St Vincent's Institute

Years funded

2011-2012

It is now thought that leukaemia arises from a rare cell called the leukemic stem cell. This project will identify the blood cells that can turn into leukemic stem cells from within a mixture of leukemic cells.

Because of this mixture of cells, treatment is much more difficult. Using state of the art techniques to detect differences between the leukemic cells and their normal counterparts we hope to obtain more specific treatments and better survival outcomes.

Funding Body

Cancer Council Research Grant

Funding

$100,000 pa for two years