January 31, 2010 – Copy Number Variation project Phase 2 approved

Based on the preliminary data generated from this funding a national grant from the Canadian Institute for Health Research to continue several of the study aims for 3 years has been approved. 

June 10, 2009 – SickKids Hospital Comprehensive Childhood Marrow Failure and Myelodysplasia Program (CCMFMP)

The goals of this program will be to promote and sustain excellence in clinical care, research and education in the field of bone marrow failure and myelodysplasia. The program will be a nationally and internationally recognized center of excellence and a part of a future Blood Center at SickKids. It will promote research and collaboration with other pediatric hematology programs across Canada and abroad.

The program will help to develop diagnostic tools and novel therapies, which will serve patients from all provinces. The program will provide opportunity for fellowship training in the field for national and international students. The program will advocate for the disorders at the local, provincial, national and international levels and partner with disease-specific associations to set priorities and address general patient and family-related challenges. 

March 3, 2008 – Copy Number Variation project Phase 1

The aim of the study is to identify genetic alterations which cause Inherited MFM’s. The study is likely to reveal candidate genes causing inherited bone marrow failure syndromes. These genes are likely to play a critical role in normal blood development prevention of cancer. The information will help to establish an accurate and rapid diagnosis, tailor treatment according to diagnosis and identify family members who are at risk for cancer.