Writing competition runner up: Phlebotomy to improve surgical outcomes and donor blood economy – a redemption story

Writing competition runner up: Phlebotomy to improve surgical outcomes and donor blood economy – a redemption story Transfusion Tuesday, May 21, 2019 Lily Park For thousands of years, traditional medicine placed blind trust in phlebotomy, which involves the withdrawal of blood from a patient for therapeutic purposes.1 Considering the paradigm of medical knowledge at the time established by Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine himself, there was some plausibility to this practice: if illness was caused…

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Lessons from afar: International experts share organ donation experience

Lessons from afar: International experts share organ donation experience Transplantation Organs and Tissues Thursday, May 23, 2019 Ross FitzGerald Canadian Blood Services’ Donation Physician Network (DPN) connects clinical care physicians and provides access to educational resources including webinars on leading practices, clincial case studies, literature and emerging issues. In the spirit of international collaboration, experts in organ donation and transplantation from the U.K. and Australia recently shared lessons they have learned over the past decade as part…

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Exploring barriers and enablers to more inclusive source plasma donations

Exploring barriers and enablers to more inclusive source plasma donations Plasma Thursday, May 16, 2019 Pilar Castro One of fifteen MSM research projects being funded by Health Canada, the Feasibility of implementing source plasma with alternative screening criteria for men who have sex with men seeks to identify barriers and enablers that will inform how Canadian Blood Services and Héma-Québec address eligibility screening criteria in the future. Canadian Blood Services, medical director Dr. Mindy Goldman,…

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University of Alberta’s Timothy Caulfield receives James Kreppner Award

University of Alberta’s Timothy Caulfield receives James Kreppner Award Transplantation Organs and Tissues Plasma Stem Cells Transfusion Blood Tuesday, May 14, 2019 Obinna Okwelume The 2018 Canadian Blood Services’ James Kreppner Award has been awarded to Timothy Caulfield, professor and research director in the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta.    Valued at $50,000, the award will support Professor Caulfield’s project to analyze the marketing practices of private cord blood banks, assess their claims,…

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Nominations now open for the 2019 Canadian Blood Services Lifetime Achievement Award

Nominations now open for the 2019 Canadian Blood Services Lifetime Achievement Award Transplantation Organs and Tissues Plasma Stem Cells Transfusion Blood Monday, May 13, 2019 Obinna Okwelume Do you know someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the blood system in Canada?    Who can be nominated?   Recipients of the Canadian Blood Services Lifetime Achievement Award are individuals whose landmark contributions are recognized as both extraordinary and world class in the field of transfusion…

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Recordings from the CCCF 2018 Deceased Donation Scientific Symposium now available online

Recordings from the CCCF 2018 Deceased Donation Scientific Symposium now available online Transplantation Organs and Tissues Wednesday, May 08, 2019 Jenny Ryan Canadian Blood Services, Trillium Gift of Life Network and the Canadian Donation and Transplantation Research Program partnered to host the Deceased Organ Donation Symposium that took place at the Critical Care Canada Forum (CCCF) on November 7 – 8, 2018. The CCCF is a national forum attended by hundreds of health care professionals, primarily physicians,…

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Expert guidance seeks to improve identification of potential organ donors

Expert guidance seeks to improve identification of potential organ donors Transplantation Organs and Tissues Tuesday, April 23, 2019 Jenny Ryan Publication supports the critical care community in donor identification and referral allowing more potential organ donors to save more lives, and more donor families to be enabled to fulfill their loved one’s wishes Just published in the Canadian Journal of Anesthesia: Potential organ donor identification and system accountability: expert guidance from a Canadian consensus conference A Q&A…

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Competition winner: Optimizing Cord Blood Donor Recruitment

Competition winner: Optimizing Cord Blood Donor Recruitment Stem Cells Thursday, April 18, 2019 Dr. Jennie Haw Dr. Jennie Haw's prize-winning entry in our Lay Science Writing Competition describes research underway to optimize cord blood donor recruitment for the national, public cord blood bank.  A Canadian Blood Services’ Cord Blood Bank (CBB) collection specialist waits outside a hospital labour and delivery room for a woman to give birth. Sometimes she can hear the newborn cry and…

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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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