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Hope for new blood cancer therapies

Your support is driving the work of Dr Liesl Butler (pictured) as she strives for new blood cancer discovery.

Dr Liesl Butler, a junior haematologist at Monash University, is just one of the promising young blood cancer researchers boosted by kind supporters.   

Liesl was awarded a Leukaemia Foundation of Australia/Haematology Society of Australia and New Zealand (HSANZ) PhD Scholarship in 2020. 

Your generosity will support Dr Butler over the next three years to investigate the gene mutations and biological pathways that lead to the development of chronic blood cancers called myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNsto develop more effective targeted therapies.   

“The MPNs are a challenging disease group which cause significant health problems and limit life expectancy; new therapies are desperately needed,” explains Dr Butler.

Liesl was “thrilled” to discover that she had been offered the PhD scholarship, overcoming what she considers the biggest hurdle for researchers: funding.  

“I feel privileged to have Leukaemia Foundation supporters backing my project – I am incredibly grateful to everyone,” said Dr Butler.  

“I look forward to what I can achieve over the next three years with the assistance of the scholarship and hope to make significant advances in blood cancer research.”