Mental health and early career scientists

Mental health and early career scientists Thursday, October 10, 2019 Anusha Sajja Despite the availability of mental health workshops and other resources within their universities, many graduate students and novice scientists still find themselves suffering from depression and anxiety at their workplace. Changes in behaviour, low productivity, lethargy, and high levels of anxiety and stress are common manifestations of mental health deterioration. Why is mental health important for trainee scientists?   The psychological toll of academic…

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The 2019 Critical Care Canada Forum hosts fifth annual Deceased Organ Donation Symposium

The 2019 Critical Care Canada Forum hosts fifth annual Deceased Organ Donation Symposium Transplantation Organs and Tissues Tuesday, October 08, 2019 Jenny Ryan This year marks the fifth annual Deceased Organ Donation Symposium at the Critical Care Canada Forum in Toronto. Presented by Canadian Blood Services, Trillium Gift of Life and the Canadian Donation and Transplantation Research Program (CDTRP), this two-day symposium held Nov. 11–12, 2019 promotes scientific research in organ donation and transplantation and…

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Lay Science Writing Competition open for submissions!

Lay Science Writing Competition open for submissions! Transplantation Organs and Tissues Plasma Stem Cells Transfusion Blood Tuesday, October 01, 2019 Dr. Geraldine Walsh Stories underlie all research experiences, and we want to hear them! The 2019 Canadian Blood Services’ Lay Science Writing Competition launches today and is open for submissions until Nov. 29, 2019. This year’s theme is “Stories worth telling”. We’re delighted to once again partner with science communication and research leaders Science Borealis and…

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Dr. Donna Wall wins lifetime achievement award

Dr. Donna Wall wins lifetime achievement award Transplantation Stem Cells Friday, September 27, 2019 Catherine Lewis With a medical career spanning almost 40 years, Dr. Donna Wall has made significant contributions to the evolution of blood and marrow transplantation across North America. After completing paediatric and paediatric hematology/oncology training in the U.S., Dr. Wall went on to establish blood and marrow transplantation and public cord blood programs in cities including St. Louis and San Antonio.…

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Stem cell transplantation pioneer wins lifetime achievement award

Stem cell transplantation pioneer wins lifetime achievement award Transplantation Stem Cells Thursday, September 26, 2019 Catherine Lewis With a focus on improving the lives of patients living with autoimmune diseases, transplant physician and scientist Dr. Harold Atkins has dedicated his career to discovering innovative methods for stem cell transplantation. In the late 1990s, Dr. Atkins and neurologist Dr. Mark Freedman proposed a novel way to stop the progression of early aggressive multiple sclerosis (MS) by…

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Centre for Innovation scientist recognized for his contributions to the field of cryobiology

Centre for Innovation scientist recognized for his contributions to the field of cryobiology Transplantation Organs and Tissues Plasma Stem Cells Transfusion Blood Thursday, September 19, 2019 Dr. Geraldine Walsh Centre for Innovation scientist Dr. Jason Acker was recently inducted as a Fellow of the Society for Cryobiology, a prestigious international award that recognizes individuals who have had an exemplary impact on the field of cryobiology. Congratulations to Dr. Acker, who received this award over the…

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From artificial intelligence to whale poop, and everything in between

From artificial intelligence to whale poop, and everything in between Transplantation Organs and Tissues Plasma Stem Cells Transfusion Blood Thursday, September 12, 2019 Dr. Geraldine Walsh As Centre for Blood Research (CBR) director Dr. Edward Conway opened Research Day 2019, there was a frisson of nervous tension among the summer studentship trainees sitting in the jam-packed auditorium. These undergraduate students had spent the summer working in the laboratories of the University of British Columbia’s Centre…

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Research trainees on why eligibility, donor care, and science blogging matter to them

Research trainees on why eligibility, donor care, and science blogging matter to them Plasma Transfusion Blood Friday, September 06, 2019 Carly Olafson On the 30th of May 2019, an eager group of Canadian Blood Services trainees gathered In Calgary, Alta. for the Centre for Innovation’s Research Trainee Workshop. The day started with an in-depth look at donor eligibility, before moving on to a donor-focused tour of the clinic and concluding with a seminar on science blogging. The…

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New research suggests novel uses for a plasma-derived medication

New research suggests novel uses for a plasma-derived medication Plasma Thursday, August 29, 2019 Catherine Lewis A treatment now used to fight two diseases might have the potential to help patients with other conditions, too, according to new research funded by Canadian Blood Services.  The new publication, “Treating murine inflammatory diseases with an anti-erythrocyte antibody,” came out Aug. 21 in Science Translational Medicine, a high-impact scientific journal. Canadian Blood Services supplies hospitals with anti-D, a medication made from…

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Research supports equipment change and process improvements

Research supports equipment change and process improvements Plasma Transfusion Blood Thursday, August 22, 2019 Dr. Geraldine Walsh Two pieces of equipment at the core of our component manufacturing process were recently replaced: the centrifuge, used to spin blood into layers of components; and the blood extractor, used to separate these layers. This was a necessary change as the old equipment was nearing end-of-life. In late Spring 2019, the process of rolling out this new equipment…

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