Stories worth sharing: Blood clotting factor or clot buster?

Stories worth sharing: Blood clotting factor or clot buster? Transfusion Blood Tuesday, April 16, 2019 Dr. Geraldine Walsh Brought to you in partnership with the Centre for Blood Research, this week's Stories worth sharing is focused on research into a new class of anticoagulants. Anticoagulants, or blood thinners, are medicines used to treat patients who experience unwanted or excess blood clotting. Between clotting and bleeding, there exists a delicate balance. If blood cannot clot effectively,…

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Winning science research writers announced

Winning science research writers announced Transplantation Organs and Tissues Plasma Stem Cells Transfusion Blood Friday, April 05, 2019 Dr. Geraldine Walsh To give our research trainees an opportunity to showcase their research, while honing their writing skills, Canadian Blood Services teamed-up with Science Borealis and the Centre for Blood Research, to launch our first-ever Lay Science Writing Competition. “It’s important for researchers to be able to explain what they do in an engaging and understandable…

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50 ways to learn more about Centre for Innovation supported research

50 ways to learn more about Centre for Innovation supported research Blood Thursday, March 28, 2019 Dr. Geraldine Walsh Nothing in science has any value to society if it is not communicated —Anne Roe, The Making of a Scientist (1953) Much of the work supported by the Centre for Innovation is published as articles in scientific and medical journals. These journal articles are designed to be read and understood by other experts, so it can be challenging…

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Pathogen Inactivation – A Primer

Pathogen Inactivation – A Primer Plasma Transfusion Blood Thursday, March 08, 2018 Dr. Geraldine Walsh Tackling the gaps in blood safety Canadian Blood Services is committed to blood safety because lives depend on it. To reduce the risk of infectious disease transmission from donor to patient, donors are extensively screened for risk factors prior to their donation. Every blood donation is tested for specific infectious disease agents (pathogens) known to be transmissible through blood. These…

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Research Unit: Modelling risk to ensure safety when considering changes to blood testing

Research Unit: Modelling risk to ensure safety when considering changes to blood testing Transfusion Blood Thursday, February 28, 2019 Dr. Geraldine Walsh Image At Canadian Blood Services, blood safety is paramount. Screening donors for infectious diseases is an important part of our multi-layered approach to blood safety. One such infectious agent that is known to be transmitted through blood transfusion is Human T-cell lymphotropic viruses (or HTLV). Since 1990, all blood donations in Canada have…

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D is also for Development!

D is also for Development! Plasma Transfusion Blood Friday, February 22, 2019 Dr. Geraldine Walsh Image Welcome to our new R.E.D. blog series where we focus on our Centre for Innovation development projects to give you a glimpse into the future of blood banking... our future! At Canadian Blood Services, we continuously strive to improve our products and the processes we use to manufacture them. Ensuring we provide quality products that meet the needs of…

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New way to check the quality of blood before opening the bag

New way to check the quality of blood before opening the bag Transfusion Blood Thursday, February 14, 2019 Ross FitzGerald Image Dr. Dana Devine, Chief Scientist, Canadian Blood Services Researchers have developed a new technique to assess the quality of blood without breaching the sterility of blood bags, according to a new paper published by Dr. Martha Vardaki. The study is part of a larger ongoing effort to develop non-invasive technologies to monitor blood products…

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Highlights from our partners: Thrombomodulin: Old protein with new functions and hope

Highlights from our partners: Thrombomodulin: Old protein with new functions and hope Transfusion Blood Friday, February 08, 2019 Dr. Geraldine Walsh Image This week, we highlight work from one of our partners, the Centre for Blood Research. Wayne Zhao describes a review by Dr. Ed Conway, Centre for Blood Research director and adjunct scientist at the Centre for Innovation. This review describes the many roles of thrombomodulin, a protein involved in blood coagulation. Wayne is…

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Research Unit: What’s in a bag of plasma?

Research Unit: What's in a bag of plasma? Plasma Transfusion Blood Thursday, January 24, 2019 Dr. Geraldine Walsh Our latest Centre for Innovation Research Unit examines what’s in a bag of plasma. Plasma can be separated from a whole blood donation (called recovered plasma), or obtained by apheresis donation (called source plasma). Usually, recovered plasma is used for transfusion, and source plasma is sent for fractionation into plasma-derived drugs. In this study, Dr. William Sheffield…

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Annual progress report highlights the Centre for Innovation’s impactful research, development, education and training

Annual progress report highlights the Centre for Innovation’s impactful research, development, education and training Transfusion Blood Thursday, January 10, 2019 Dr. Geraldine Walsh #WeDoResearch! Through our Centre for Innovation, our engaged network of scientists, medical experts, partners, and collaborators conduct and disseminate high quality, impactful research for the benefit of Canadian patients and the Canadian healthcare system.    The Centre for Innovation’s goal is to drive innovation to improve the blood system by facilitating the creation, translation, and application of new knowledge to support a safe, effective, and responsive…

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