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A healthy blood system is essential to all human life. We are investigating what constitutes a healthy blood system and diligently working on improving bone marrow and cord blood transplants. These blood products are important to all oncology programs. Blood transfusion products are required in routine cancer treatment to support chemotherapy regimens and bone marrow transplantation is the only curative procedure for eligible patients with leukemia.

Principal Investigators

Mick Bhatia

Mick Bhatia

Director and Senior Scientist

Kristin Hope

Kristin Hope

Principal Investigator

Yu Lu

Yu Lu

Principal Investigator

Related Projects

To develop cell-based tools for use in drug screening of patient-specific stem cells.

To identify novel therapeutics that can target the bone marrow environment to destroy and prevent leukemia. By better understanding the optimal bone marrow conditions needed to support healthy blood stem cells, this study also has the potential to improve stem cell transplantation therapies.

The combination of standard of care chemotherapy, coupled with novel drugs discovered by our group, is hoped to prevent cancer relapse.

Related News

New insights made into blood stem cell control

New insights made into blood stem cell control

Dr. Kristin Hope's team, in collaboration with efforts from Dr. Jon Draper's lab, have discovered two new regulators of the gene Musashi-2, a key protein that promotes the regenerative capacity of blood stem cells. [...]

Darlene Lane

Darlene Lane | Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Canadian Cancer Society's Daffodil Campaign and CHCH's Interview with Mick Bhatia

Canadian Cancer Society's Daffodil Campaign and CHCH's Interview with Mick Bhatia

To kick off Daffodil Month, CHCH News visited the SCC-RI to learn about research and how it is impacting patient care in Hamilton. We reflect back on that interview. [...]

Darlene Lane

Darlene Lane | Tuesday, April 10, 2018

StemCellTalks 2018 at McMaster University Brings Discussions of Making Sci-Fi Medicine a Modern Reality

StemCellTalks 2018 at McMaster University Brings Discussions of Making Sci-Fi Medicine a Modern Reality

StemCellTalks coordinator, Damian Tran, recounts the inspiring moments of the symposium, which aimed to engage senior high school students with introductory stem cell biology. [...]

Damian Tran

Damian Tran | Thursday, March 29, 2018