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National Research Program

The Leukaemia Foundation is committed to funding research innovations that drive rapid advancements in treatments, discover new diagnostics and novel therapies and enable Australian patients to access global clinical trials.

Our overarching aim is to fund high-impact research by concentrating our resources on projects with broad potential for all people living with blood cancer.

We have turned our attention to investment in innovation: in diagnosis, treatments and improving quality of life across the blood cancer spectrum.

The Leukaemia Foundation has been supporting Australian blood cancer research for over 20 years, committing $57.8 million to research since 2000.

Our National Research Program has the following research priorities:

  • Understanding the biology of cancers
  • Precision medicine – investing in new therapies that are tailor-made to treat each patient’s cancer
  • New diagnostics
  • Novel therapies and care options
  • Psychosocial aspects of cancer
  • Innovative clinical trials and/or incorporation of real-world data
  • Prevention research including investigating blood cancer risk factors

Under the new National Research Program, we have the following funding mechanisms:

PhD scholarship recipients

Find out more about the research projects our current PhD Scholarship recipients are working on.

Elizabeth Lieschke

Cancer Australia PdCCRS recipients

Meet the grant recipients, and read an overview of their research projects.

Kate Vandyke

Strategic Ecosystem Research Partnership Grant recipients

Read an overview of the SERP Grant projects that we’re currently funding.

Professor Deb White

Translational Research Program Grant recipients

Meet the recent recipients.

Dr Stephen Nutt

Clinical trials

In an Australian first, we have established a funding program that will help blood cancer patients to access promising new drugs currently being tested abroad.

Blood Cancer Genomics Trial

Past research

Find out about past research projects.

Dr Karthik Nath

Last updated on December 20th, 2022

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