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Foundation funded researchers help shape the future of blood cancer therapies and cures

Publish Date: 14/4/2016

The recent New Directions in Leukaemia Research meeting highlighted the contribution Leukaemia Foundation grants are making to the global effort to improve blood cancer treatment thanks to your support.

Dr Anna Williamson, Head of Research and Advocacy at the Leukaemia Foundation said it was exciting to see so many of Australia's finest researchers attend the recent New Directions in Leukaemia Research meeting whose work has been advanced through current and past Leukaemia Foundation Research Grants.

“With cancer epigenetics, we’re just starting to find out what’s involved, why it’s important and how that knowledge can be applied to managing cancers. It’s new knowledge that’s applicable across all the cancers,” said Dr Williamson. “Leukaemia research in general has been the pioneer that has spurred on a lot of the research for other cancers.” 

Dr Williamson says it was inspiring to see the significant contribution made by the Leukaemia Foundation to the achievements of so many researchers. 

“Many of them presented on the new therapies and knowledge coming from research we have aided through the generosity of our supporters,” she said. “I expect we will see many new approaches to treatment.”

Dr Williamson says it is an exciting time in the development of our understanding of blood cancers. Our rapidly expanding knowledge about how blood cancers develop and progress is leading the development of specific and targeted new approaches to treatment.

Among the researchers at the NDLR meeting of minds about innovative blood cancer research and discoveries were many Leukaemia Foundation Grant Recipients: 

  • 8 of the 21 invited speakers
  • 10 of the 21 selected abstract oral presenters 
  • 20 of the 71 first authors of poster presentations
  • 33 of 71 poster presentation collaborators 

The Leukaemia Foundation is committed to fostering innovative Australian research to reduce the impact of blood cancer and as we receive no ongoing government funding, we need your help. You can help us to help us continue to improve treatments and find cures for people with blood leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and  related blood disorders  by making your donation  today.

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