The UCT Leukaemia Unit has been established with the objective of fostering basic and clinical research in the area of haematological stem cell disorders and blood malignancies.
Some of the current interest includes the marrow microenvironment in multiple myeloma, molecular genetics of acute or chronic leukaemias and clinical studies in lymphoproliferative disorders.
As a consequence, a laboratory with a comprehensive array of equipment is available where honours, master's and doctoral students are running research projects.
Based on these studies, a number of clinical and laboratory programmes have been developed. In this regard, the only university-based haematopoietic stem cell transplantation programme in the country is located at Groote Schuur Hospital and has become of international reputation.
Parallel studies focusing on haematopoietic stem cell biology and immune reconstitution after transplantation are ongoing.