Dr. Reid has been awarded $688,500 over 5 yrs from CIHR for his work Identifying infection-induced determinants of paediatric acute lymphoblastic leukaemia progression.
New research from the Faculty of Medicine and BC Children’s Hospital provides insight into how infections early in life may reduce the risk of leukemia, the most common type of childhood cancer. Dr. Reid found that when the immune system is exposed to infections during the pre-leukemic phase, the activated immune response may reduce the risk of leukemia developing. The receptors that recognize infections and initiate the immune response trigger the production of interferons, which attack both the infection and the abnormal BCP cells, reducing their ability to turn into cancer.
Dr. Gregor Reid is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Hematology, Oncology and BMT at the Department of Pediatrics.
Dr. Reid is also a Scientist with the Michael Cuccione Childhood Cancer Research Program at the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute.
More about Dr. Reid’s work can be found here: https://bcchr.ca/our-research/researchers/results/Details/gregor-reid
Congratulations Dr. Reid!