Driving forward the discoveries in childhood leukaemia

Updated 26 Feb 2019
Lead researcher - Dr Kristian Spreckley, Cellbank
National Cell Bank for Childhood Malignant Haematological Disease
Amount awarded: £1,168,137
Award start date: 13 Mar 2015
Award duration: 5 years (60 months)

Cellbank is led by Dr Kristian Spreckley and a team of senior clinical and research experts in childhood leukaemia. CellBank collects and stores biological samples donated by children with leukaemia and makes them available to researchers in the UK and worldwide.

CellBank currently holds over 96,000 samples of biological material from more than 7,600 children and young adults with all different types of leukaemia. CellBank also stores samples from children with rarer childhood leukaemias, such as juvenile myelomonocytic leukaemia (JMML) and myelodyplastic syndrome (MDS).

Samples are used by researchers all over the world for specialist childhood leukaemia research projects, which are revealing more about how leukaemia develops and improving the way we manage the disease in children.