What we’ve accomplished.
Our Blood team has pioneered:
- Discovered novel approaches to creating blood cells from stem cells
- Isolated human blood-forming cells
What we’re doing now.
We’re developing a new system to count rare stem cells to help treat leukemia
The adult stem cells of the blood forming system are a rare cell type, found in only one of every 20,000 bone marrow cells. Since they are the only cells in marrow that have the ability to sustain blood cell production throughout adult life, they play a central role in all blood cell disorders and most types of leukemia.
Unfortunately, there is currently no practical way to count blood stem cells directly.
Right now, our Blood team is developing a method of counting the blood stem cells directly, and rapidly, in any type of sample – without the need for improving the quality of the sample. The availability of such a method could revolutionize stem cell research and regenerative medicine, and could lead to a cure for leukemia.
What we hope to achieve.
The goal of our Blood team is to create an unlimited supply of blood-forming stem cells. These cells will assist in the treatment of all blood diseases, and could dramatically improve the treatment of patients with blood cell disorders like leukemia.
A lack of a matching donor would no longer be a factor. Every patient who needs a stem cell transplant could receive one without long waits.