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Donor Funding: $250,000
Cancer Type: Blood cancers
Cancer Stage: Diagnosis and treatment
Funded in: 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

Dr Lauren Thurgood
Flinders University

My preliminary work has shown that cancer cells isolated from patients with the most common form of leukaemia, chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) show a shift in the way they use energy to stay alive. We have shown this using a variety of  techniques including analysing protein expression and the levels of important cell components called lipids. This represents a novel concept in CLL and has the potential to revolutionise research in this area by developing new diagnostic tools and treatment strategies.