Going Behind the scenes of ACBD's cutting edge translational research programs

On Friday, April 30, researcher members of the Consumer and Researcher Engagement (CARE) committee had the honour to welcome blood cancer advocate and community representative Ms Anna Steiner to the Australian Centre for Blood Diseases (ACBD) for a casual face-to-face meeting and a tour of our state-of-the-art scientific facilities. This private tour represented a delightful opportunity for the CARE committee to introduce Anna to the crucial research being performed by our dynamic team of investigators and take her behind the scenes of the ACBD’s cutting edge translational research programs. Several members of the CARE committee took the opportunity to showcase key technological approaches they are utilising in their research programs. For example, CARE committee members Dr Ioanna Savvidou from the Myeloma Research Group (MRG) and Dr Cedric Tremblay from the Stem Cell Biology Group discussed with Anna how bone marrow samples from patients can be analysed using flow cytometry – a powerful technology that enables researchers to characterise each individual cell in real time. During this informal tour, Anna also met with doctoral student Ms Jurie Tashkandi from the NanoTheranostics group and undergraduate student Ms Ella Baldwin from the Leukaemia modelling and Therapeutic Discovery group. Jurie and Ella described the core of their research projects and explained how their work aims to improve the wellbeing of Australians living with blood disorders. After touring the laboratories within the ACBD, Anna enjoyed a casual morning tea with CARE committee members at the recently established “Innovation & Education Hub” of the Alfred Research Alliance (ARA), located within The Alfred precinct in Melbourne.

Dr Ioanna Savvidou and Dr Cedric Tremblay show blood cancer advocate and community representative, Ms Anna Steiner, how flow cytometry is utilised in blood disease research at ACBD.

Ms Anna Steiner, and PhD student Ms Jurie Tashkandi discuss cutting edge research being performed in the NanoTheranostics group at ACBD.

Monash University undergraduate student, Ms Ella Baldwin, describes her research in the Leukaemia Modelling and Therapeutic discovery lab at ACBD, where she is studying mechanisms driving Acute Erythroid Leukaemia development.