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Sandra Cohen

Sandra Cohen

Associate Professor


Université de Montréal

Research Axes

Clinical research

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Dr. Sandra Cohen is a highly effective clinician researcher and associate professor who is involved in many clinical protocols in hematology/bone marrow transplantation. She has received a number of research grants in the area of cord blood stem cell expansion, including from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute (CCSRI), and the Stem Cell Network (SCN). She is regularly invited to speak or give oral presentations at scientific conferences.

Research Unit

Dr. Sandra Cohen’s main focus is on cord blood transplantation and specifically on UM171-expanded cord blood to make stem cell transplantation safer and therefore more effective. Her interests also include research on lymphoproliferative syndromes and the reduction of post-transplant infections.

  • UM171-Expanded Cord Blood Transplants Support Robust T Cell Reconstitution with Low Rates of Severe Infections. Dumont-Lagacé M, Li Q, Tanguay M, Chagraoui J, Kientega T, Cardin GB, Brasey A, Trofimov A, Carli C, Ahmad I, Bambace NM, Bernard L, Kiss TL, Roy J, Roy DC,

    Lemieux S, Perreault C, Rodier F, Dufresne SF, Busque L, Lachance S, Sauvageau G, Cohen S, Delisle JS. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2020 Oct 3:S1083-8791(20)30624-8. doi: 10.1016/j.bbmt.2020.09.031. Online ahead of print.
  • Newly diagnosed multiple myeloma patients treated with tandem auto-allogeneic stem cell transplant have better overall survival with similar outcomes at time of relapse compared to patients who received autologous transplant only. LeBlanc R, Claveau JS, Ahmad I, Delisle JS, Bambace N, Bernard L, Cohen S, Kiss T, Lachance S, Landais S, Roy DC, Sauvageau G, Roy J. Clin Transplant. 2020 Sep 27:e14099. doi: 10.1111/ctr.14099. Online ahead of print. PMID: 32981146
  • Online ahead of print. PMID: 32981146

    · Guidelines for Cord Blood Unit Selection. Politikos I, Davis E, Nhaissi M, Wagner JE, Brunstein CG, Cohen S, Shpall EJ, Milano F, Scaradavou A, Barker JN; American Society for Transplantation and Cellular Therapy Cord Blood Special Interest Group. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2020 Jul 28:S1083-8791(20)30456-0. doi: 10.1016/j.bbmt.2020.07.030. Online ahead of print. PMID: 32736011


  • Doctor of Medicine

    Université de Sherbrooke

  • National Board of Medical Examiners USA (Part 1)

  • Residency in internal medicine

    Jewish General Hospital, McGill University

  • American Board of Internal Medicine; Hematology

  • United States Medical Licensing Examination (Steps 2 & 3)

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; Hematology

  • United States Medical Licensing Examination (Steps 2 & 3)

  • California Medical Licence

  • Fellowship in bone marrow transplantation

    City of Hope, National Cancer Center

  • Recertification: American Board of Internal Medicine : Internal Medicine, 2006, Hematology, 2008


  • 1998 Travel award  (American Society of Clinical Oncology)
  • 1997 Travel award  (American Society of Clinical Oncology)