Children with Down syndrome (DS) have a greatly increased risk of developing leukaemia. All babies and children with DS have abnormalities that affect how their bodies produce blood cells, but leukaemia develops in only a minority of them. This project, taking advantage of the unparalleled power of new technologies, aims to find out why.
We’re funding this project to find out why Children with Down syndrome have a greatly increased risk of developing leukaemia. Professor Irene hopes that understanding this will help us prevent and treat leukaemia in all children in the future.