A gift from a loving sister to support haematology research

Haemostasis is the process that stops blood loss from a damaged vessel. It’s the vital first stage of a wound’s healing process. Dr Joanne Joseph is a senior haematologist in the Department of Haematology and Stem Cell Transplantation at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney. Dr Joseph has a special interest in haemostasis and undertakes translational research – translating laboratory research into clinical practice through trials with hospital patients.

Dr Joseph’s ground-breaking work was recently supported by a bequest from her late sister Maureen. Maureen was very generous in heart and spirit and supportive throughout her life of a diverse range of causes and of those in need. She also understood the impact of medical research and the challenges faced by those who work in the field. This loving gift is now supporting Dr Joseph’s research across two areas: improving the diagnosis and management of patients with acquired and inherited bleeding disorders; and exploring the relationship between blood platelets and cancer, with a focus on colon cancer.

The research team has formed a unique collaboration, the Sydney Platelet Group, with haematologists and scientists from Prince of Wales, Royal North Shore and Concord Hospitals. This collaboration aims to improve the diagnosis of platelet-related disorders and is the only service of its kind in Australia. While research into the relationship between platelets and cancer is in its infancy, the team has already demonstrated that platelets can increase the migratory and invasive potential of certain colon cancer cell lines.

Maureen Joseph’s love and care for her sister and the patients she works with continues after her lifetime, by helping to ensure better health outcomes for haematology patients.

If you would like to discuss leaving a gift in your will to St Vincent’s, please contact Loretta Jagucanskas at the Foundation LJag@stvincents.com.au or donate below.