As part of their official visit to Germany, Prince William and his wife, Duchess Catherine, visited the HI-STEM laboratory on July 20, 2017. Here, HI-STEM group leader Mick Milsom had the chance to introduce them into latest results of his group. The visit was part of a tour through the DKFZ, which was the first stop of the royal visit to Heidelberg.
During the visit, Milsom explained to the royal couple how a misdirected gene in blood stem cells can cause a particularly aggressive form of blood cancer. “The Duchess and the Duke were very interested in how our work relates to the development of new therapies for cancer patients and asked a number of great questions about this.” says Milsom.
“The visit was a great honor for the whole HI-STEM team and will be remembered for a long time by all of us.” says Andreas Trumpp, the managing director of HI-STEM.
Mick describes the normal hematopoietic system to the Duke and Duchess, and explains how this is perturbed in the setting of leukemia.
The Duchess of Cambridge looks at colonies formed by leukemic cells under the microscope.
The Duke of Cambridge looks at colonies formed by leukemic cells under the microscope.
Mick fields a question from the Duke of Cambridge.