Leukemia Cell Bank

Claude Rondeau
(514) 252-3400 ext. 3327 or 4678

Director: Josée Hébert
Phone: (514) 252-3404


The Quebec Leukemia Cell Bank is a provincial program funded by the Cancer Research Network of the Fonds de la Recherche en Santé du Québec (FRSQ) and other partners : Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital, Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC) and the Cole Foundation. It groups together hematologists, researchers and clinical scientists from four Quebec universities (Université Laval, McGill, Sherbrooke, Montréal) and Quebec research centers. The cell bank has been in operation since 2001.


The primary objective of the Quebec Leukemia Cell Bank is to support basic and clinical blood cancer research. It also serves to provide an infrastructure and services aimed at facilitating the work of researchers in various fields, such as oncology, hematology and immunology.


  • To set up a bank of well-characterized human blood tumor cells. The constitutional DNA is also stored for the majority of samples. A computerized databank includes all laboratory tests performed on these specimens, as well as the corresponding clinical data.
  • Provide chromosomal analysis by conventional cytogenetics and spectral karyotyping (SKY) for human and mouse cells.
  • Contribute to the training of specialized staff and students.

The program's objectives are:

  • Understanding the mechanisms involved in hematological malignancies
  • Developing tools and expertise to:
    1. Facilitate the work of researchers in hematology, oncology and immunology.
    2.  Facilitate blood cancer diagnosis, prognosis and treatments
  • Developing new therapies for hematological cancers

For more information, please visit the QLCB’s web site.