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    Research> Research Fellowships> The Peter Nelson Leukaemia Research Fellowship Fund

    The Peter Nelson Leukaemia Research Fellowship Fund was established by Marjorie Jackson-Nelson—the Lithgow Flash and former Governor of South Australia—in memory of her husband, Australian Olympic cyclist, Peter Nelson who passed away from leukaemia.

    Over 40 years of progress

    The Fund was established to support researchers, in an accredited research department, to undertake research into leukaemia, with the goal of finding a cure for this type of cancer.

    Over the past 40 years, the Peter Nelson Leukaemia Research Fellowship Fund has supported nine talented researchers working towards a cure for this deadly disease.

    Current recipient of the Peter Nelson Leukaemia Research Fellowship

    Dr Laura Eadie (SAHMRI)

    “Preclinical modelling of T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (T-ALL) – defining targeted therapies and preventing treatment resistance.”

    In 2019, Dr Laura Eadie was rewarded the three-year Peter Nelson Leukaemia Research Fellowship. The fellowship will support Dr Eadie and her team in the search for targeted treatment options with fewer side effects for sufferers of T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (T-ALL).

    The vision is to create a repository of cells which will allow Dr Eadie to experiment and evaluate the success of different targeted therapies for T-ALL. This will enable the team to provide clinicians with a suite of new and re-purposed approved drugs, which will be able to effectively treat the different genetic lesions associated with T-ALL and ultimately, help future patients diagnosed with the disease.

    What is T-ALL?

    Recent figures indicate more than 3,500 adults and 300 children (0–19 years) are diagnosed with leukaemia in Australia each year. The disease is categorised into four main types, one of which is acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL). ALL subtypes include T-cell and B-cell.

    ALL is caused by a wide variety of genomic abnormalities including gene fusions and mutations. T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (T-ALL) is a very genetically complex disease and until recently, was an understudied cohort.

    A message from Dr Eadie

    “Your generous support for the Peter Nelson Leukaemia Research Fund will help our research progress towards a better understanding of T-ALL. With this increased knowledge, we aim to provide clinicians with an armoury of effective targeted therapies to more effectively treat their T-ALL patients.”

    How your support will help this year

    The Peter Nelson Leukaemia Research Fellowship Fund neither seeks nor receives any government funding. Marjorie Jackson-Nelson's personal time and effort— along with that of a group of passionate volunteers—have been the driving forces of fundraising so far, with the generous support of Rotary and other groups, companies and individuals who respond to the calls for help.

    Your support means that research into leukaemia can continue toward our goal of a future free from leukaemia. 


    If you have already opted to leave a gift in your Will, we recommend the following:

    • Check that the wording is correct and your bequest is to The Peter Nelson Leukaemia Research Fund. Please call our Philanthropy Officer on 8291 4305 for more information.

    The Peter Nelson Leukaemia Research Fellowship Fund is administered by Cancer Council SA. For more information please contact Cancer Council SA on 1300 65 65 85.