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Identifying therapeutics which can be repurposed for the treatment of Myelodysplastic Syndromes and other bone marrow failure disorders.

2018-2021 (Grant-in-Aid): Identifying therapeutics which can be repurposed for the treatment of Myelodysplastic Syndromes and other bone marrow failure disorders. Associate Professor Amee George, The Australian National University.

There are currently limited treatment options for patients with Bone Marrow Failure Syndromes. This study aims to identify known drugs that could be repurposed to treat Diamond Blackfan Anaemia (an inherited Bone Marrow Failure Syndrome) and/or myelodysplasia (a bone marrow failure condition associated with malignancy), both with limited current treatment options.

Libraries of 4169 and 3500 FDA approved compounds are available for this study. To identify new drugs that may potentially delay Diamond Blackfan Anaemia progression, library compounds that modify the p53 pathway have already been screened (the protein p53 was chosen as when activated it is thought to contribute to the red blood cell failure). A second screen for treatment of myelodysplasia, will select for drugs that impact myelodysplasia cell survival or differentiation in culture. Top hits from both screens will then be validated in patient bone marrow cultures before confirmation in preclinical models.

The overall goal of this research is to identify drugs already used clinically which could be potentially repurposed for the treatment of bone marrow failure syndrome caused by Diamond Blackfan Anaemia and/or myelodysplasia as a way to fast-track availability of new therapeutics to patients. 

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Precision gene editing for the treatment of Fanconi Anaemia. 

2021-2024 (Grant-in-Aid): Precision gene editing for the treatment of Fanconi Anaemia. Dr Lorna McLeman, St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research. Fanconi Anaemia is the most common cause of inherited bone marrow failure with a median onset of ...

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Curation of the DIAAMOND-based Aplastic Anaemia Biobank

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Using whole genome sequence analysis to find answers for unsolved cases of inherited Bone Marrow Failure Syndrome (iBMFS).

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Microenvironmental determinants of Aplastic Anaemia progression to MDS / AML.

2019-2021 (Grant-in-Aid): Microenvironmental determinants of Aplastic Anaemia progression to MDS / AML. Associate Professor Rachel Koldej, ACRF Translational Research Laboratory, Melbourne Health. Aplastic Anaemia is a disorder where the body ...

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