Finding cures for children's genetic diseases


Cancer Research Unit

The Cancer Research Unit conducts trailblazing work on telomeres, which are important for senescence (aging) and all cancers. Our main emphasis is on understanding how cancer cells continue to proliferate using the Alternative Lengthening of Telomeres (ALT) mechanism. Better understanding of this mechanism will enable us to develop better treatments against ALT cancers, which are some of the most aggressive types, including glioblastoma brain tumours and osteosarcomas.

“Focused, translational-oriented research is needed to advance these discoveries to the next stages, where they can be useful to patients, and that’s where we are right now. However, we also need basic, curiosity-driven research to continue if we are to make the truly great discoveries. CMRI’s culture has long been supportive of both types of research.” - Roger Reddel

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