Dr. Shalini Shenoy Research Focus
My academic focus is on the development of safer less toxic methods of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in children. Toward this, I am investigating reduced intensity transplantation for children with hemoglobinopathy (sickle cell disease and thalassemia) using the best available related or alternate donors.
Based on a preliminary multi-center trial that was previously completed, a national trial of unrelated donor marrow transplantation for severe sickle cell disease is ongoing under the Bone Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network (BMT CTN) and is called the SCURT Trial (BMT CTN 0601).
Another trial for thalassemia has just been completed under the Thalassemia Clinical research Network (TCRN) and Pediatric Blood and Marrow transplant Consortium (PBMTC) – called the URTH trial. We are now exploring reduced intensity transplantation for non-malignant disorders including hemoglobinopathy using minimally mismatched marrow or cord blood donors in a separate study (01-0923).