The Leukemia Cell Bank provides a well characterized tissue bank of leukemia samples for researchers and will house adult and childhood leukemia samples which will have important clinical information including standard morphology, immunophenotyping, cytogenetics and molecular studies.
Researchers can apply for collaborative use of samples from the cell bank. Results from the study will be submitted to the Leukemia Cell Bank after publication to further improve the characterization of the tissues.
Over the last 4 years, the utility of these cells have contributed to about 20 publications. It has also lead to new collaborations between us and academic and research institutions as well as the pharmaceutical industry. Their utilisation has also facilitated the successful application of research funding both from industry as well as national research funding agencies.