Our Research

We invest in the next generation of leukaemia research talent. With your help we fund cutting-edge research from some of the brightest minds in the UK and beyond, which is crucial to finding breakthroughs and cures for leukaemia and blood cancers.

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Dr Fernando Afonso

ECSCRI, Cardiff

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Dr Beth Payne

Cancer Institute, UCL

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Dr Lisa J Russell

Newcastle University

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Dr Salima Nurohamed

University of Oxford

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Dr Vignir Helgason

University of Glasgow

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Dr Edwin Chen

University of Leeds

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Dr Javier Redondo Muñoz

University of Manchester

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Dr Matthew Rose-Zerilli

University of Southampton

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Dr Sergey Krysov

Barts Cancer Institute

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Dr Xu Huang

University of Glasgow


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Dr Lisa Hopcroft

University of Glasgow

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Dr Lisa Hopcroft

University of Cambridge

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Dr Maria Teresa Esposito

University of East London

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Dr Anjali Kusumbe

University of Oxford

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Lorna Jackson

Glasgow, UK

Mansi Manij Shah 

Birmingham, United States

Marcin M. Machnicki 

Warsaw, Poland

Vanessa L. Porter 

Vancouver, Canada

Chetasi Talati 

Tampa, USA

Flavia Vasconcelos

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Francesco Autore

Rome, Italy

Aditya Singh

Punjab, India

Tanmoy Kumar Mandal 

Mumbai, India

Co Nguyen Phuong Dung

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Professor Dominique Bonnet

Francis Crick Institute, London

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Professor Richard Clark

University of Liverpool

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Professor Francesco Dazzi (Vice Chair)

King’s College London

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 Professor John Gribben

Queen Mary University of London

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Professor Olaf Heidenreich

Newcastle University 

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Professor Anastasios Karadimitris

Imperial College London


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Professor Ken Mills

Queen’s University Belfast

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Professor Emma Morris

University College Hospital, London 

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 Professor Katy Rezvani

MD Anderson Cancer Centre, Texas, USA 

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Professor Nick Cross (Chair)

University of Southampton

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Professor Jackie Boultwood

University of Oxford

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Professor Tariq Enver

University College London

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Professor Maria Figueroa

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, USA

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Dr. Steve Devine MD

CIBMTR, Minneapolis, USA

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Dr. Bipin Savani MD 

Vanderbilt University Medical Center, USA

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Dr. Bronwen Shaw MD 

Medical College of Wisconsin, USA

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Professor F Dazzi

Kings College London

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Dr Niklas Feldhahn

Imperial College London

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Dr Alison Michie

University of Glasgow

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Professor Irene Roberts

Imperial College London

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Dr Alistair Reid

Imperial College London

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Research is essential to find the best treatments for patients.

It plays an important role in discovering new treatments, and making sure that we use existing treatments in the best ways possible. Research can find answers to things that are unknown, filling gaps in knowledge and changing the way that healthcare professionals work. Some of our aims in conducting research studies are: 

  • Diagnose leukaemia more quickly
  • Prevent the development or recurrence of leukaemia and reduce the number of people who become ill
  • Treat leukaemia to improve survival rates
  • Improve the quality of life for people living with leukaemia

Leuka Funded Research

We're supporting research that is accelerating the pace of development and aiming to bring new treatments and cures to patients as quickly as possible. Learn more about the research we fund. 

Clinical Trials

Leuka backs clinical trials that are bringing pioneering and effective new therapies to leukaemia patients both here in the UK and abroad. Clinical trials are designed to ensure ground-breaking new drugs are safe and effective and our funding means that some patients are able to access new treatments not yet available elsewhere.

From breakthrough to bedside

Clinical trials test new drugs and therapies in patients. These are vital to ensure that breakthroughs in the laboratory make the transition to the hospital ward or clinic. Michael Evans, Leukaemia patient and Leuka Supporter shares; "If it wasn’t for research, which Leuka funds, I would never have received life-saving treatment."

Nurse and patient with leukaemia - part of Leuka's leukaemia research and treatment

IMPACT Trials Partnership

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We are proud to be a part of the IMPACT stem cell transplant clinical trials initiative. This partnership aims to bring new drug and cellular therapies to patients.

Increasingly, people with leukaemia and other blood cancers can benefit from the availability of Stem Cell Transplantation (SCT) treatments. However, all too often those who have undergone SCT will eventually succumb to adverse reactions from the procedure. Of those who receive a stem cell transplant from an unrelated donor, fewer than 50% of them will reach the 5-year survival milestone.

That is why we’ve invested in a new clinical trials initiative called IMPACT to fast-track the testing of drug and cellular therapies for patients who suffer complications. 

Working in partnership with Anthony Nolan and NHS Blood and Transplant, we launched the initiative in November 2017.

Based at the University of Birmingham, the IMPACT partnership will work alongside specialist centres around the UK to provide the infrastructure for early phase clinical trials.

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