NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – A New Rochelle resident has discovered a gene that could help lead to new treatments and survival rates for Leukemia.
Dr. Ulrich Steidl and a team of researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of the Bronx’s Yeshiva University discovered the gene found in severe forms of the disease, according to an announcement by the college.
“It’s very exciting,” said Steidl.
Steidl and his researchers discovered that breaking up the gene found in human and mouse cells could eventually allow more victims suffering from the disease, also known as acute myeloid leukemia – cancer in the blood stream – to stay alive.
Research was funded through a three-year, $225,000 grant from Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research.
“We can see first-hand the affect the disease has on people,” said Christa Justus, the foundation's director of grants and operations.
Steidl was one of 11 grantees selected in the 2009 solicitation from 42 submissions following a recommendation from the college. The doctor was then reviewed by the non-profit’s medical board.
Steidl also was one of several doctors to be recognized for his work at the 2nd Annual Medical Symposium where he presented his work.