For some time, exposure to infection has been implicated as a cause of childhood leukaemia, but no specific infection has ever been identified. In this project, unique new methods are being used to try to pinpoint causal infections. This could have important implications for prevention, and also have vital diagnostic and prognostic value.
Our funding is enabling the team to identify the specific infection that can cause leukaemia in children, research that could lead to the development of ground-breaking new therapies and treatments.
Identification of infections which may play a role in the aetiology of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL)
Dr Ian Hampson and Dr Lynne Hampson
University of Manchester
Manchester, M13 9WL
1 June 2015