Quebec Leukemia Cell Bank: $600,000 to fight pediatric leukemia

photo de The Quebec Leukemia Cell Bank: Unique in CanadaThe Cole Foundation and the Sandra and Alain Bouchard Foundation will donate $600,000 over three years to the Quebec Leukemia Cell Bank (QLCB) in support of research on pediatric and young adult acute leukemia.

The Quebec Leukemia Cell Bank: Unique in Canada

Created in 2001, the Quebec Leukemia Cell Bank (QLCB) is a provincial project funded by the Cancer Research Network of the Fonds de Recherche en Santé du Québec (FRQS) and other partners, including Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont (HMR) and the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer.

Investing in the medicine of the future

This major financial commitment underscores, encourages and supports the exceptional work of researchers and physicians striving to better understand the mechanisms involved in hematological cancers with the aim of providing tools and expertise to support Quebec researchers in developing new therapies against these cancers.

The $600,000 over three years offered by the Cole Foundation and the Sandra and Alain Bouchard Foundation will be used, among other things, to:

  1. Advance the development of precision medicine, optimizing treatment for patients suffering from the various subtypes of childhood and young adult leukemia.
  2. Participate in the development of new drugs to better target leukemia in children and young adults.
  3. Improve the genetic characterization and clinical annotations of the specimens in BCLQ collection
  4. Promote research programs to study families with leukemia predisposition syndrome, which are emerging and newly recognized entities.

Dr. Josée Hébert, Director of the Quebec Leukemia Cell Bank at the Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont Research Centre, is delighted with this donation.

On behalf of my team and leukemia researchers, I sincerely thank Sandra Chartrand and Alain Bouchard, Barry Cole and the Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital Foundation for this donation that will help develop our biobank to support research on pediatric and young adult leukemia in order to discover more effective and less toxic treatments for these patients.Josée Hébert, Director, Quebec Leukemia Cell Bank

Why did you choose the Bank for this donation?

It is only natural for the Cole Foundation to embrace this unifying project which aims to advance research on pediatric and young adult leukemia right here in Montreal. The Bank contributes to position Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont as a world leader in this field.Barry Cole, President of the Cole Foundation.
Our Foundation is proud to be associated with a unifying project which makes available to researchers from several universities and many countries samples that empower them to advance research into leukemia in children and adolescents.Sandra Chartrand, President of the Sandra and Alain Bouchard Foundation

˃ Visit the site of the Quebec Leukemia Cell Bank.

About the Cole Foundation

The Cole Foundation supports research and patient care in the areas of pediatric and young adult leukemia and lymphoma in Montreal.

We also support a variety of other worthy causes, particularly intercultural dialogue between the city’s diverse communities.

About the Sandra and Alain Bouchard Foundation

Created in 2012, the Sandra and Alain Bouchard Foundation is a private foundation whose primary mission is to provide financial support to organizations working in the arts and culture sector, as well as to organizations that assist people living with an intellectual disability in order to enable them to reach their full potential.

Thanks to its two projects, the Foundation allows the former to sublimate their art for the benefit of all and the latter to better integrate into society through a unique contribution.

Photo de Sandra Chartrand, President, Sandra et Alain Bouchard Foundation; Pierre Nelis, President, Board od administrators, conseil d’administration, Fondation de l’Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont; Barry Cole, President, Cole Foundation; Dre Josée Hébert, cofounder et director de la BCLQ

From left to right: Sandra Chartrand, President, Sandra et Alain Bouchard Foundation; Pierre Nelis, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont Foundation; Barry Cole, President, Cole Foundation; Dr. Josée Hébert, Cofounder and Director de la QLCB

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