Mapping convalescent plasma distribution with Canadian Blood Services funding

Mapping convalescent plasma distribution with Canadian Blood Services funding Plasma Thursday, July 15, 2021 Massimo Cau Dr. Andrew Shih recently received funding from the Centre for Innovation to process map the implementation of the CONCOR-1 convalescent plasma trials in British Columbia – work that may inform and improve future clinical trials. Dr. Shih talks to Massimo Cau, a PhD Candidate at the Centre for Blood Research, about his research plans.   This blog was originally published…

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Diverse talks that informed and inspired – Norman Bethune Symposium 2021

Diverse talks that informed and inspired – Norman Bethune Symposium 2021 Plasma Transfusion Blood Friday, July 09, 2021 Dr. Basit Yousuf The 10th Norman Bethune Symposium was held in May 2021. This annual Centre for Blood Research symposium honours the work of Dr. Norman Bethune, and features scientists and clinicians discussing hemostasis, blood transfusion and critical care.  A virtual event for the second year, the symposium was attended by speakers and participants from across North…

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Laying the groundwork for a more inclusive blood system

Laying the groundwork for a more inclusive blood system Plasma Transfusion Blood Thursday, June 24, 2021 Jessica Cunha Dr. Catherine Jenkins   Editor’s note: this story and the details shared are with the permission of Dr. Catherine Jenkins. Content warning: please be aware this article contains references to transphobia. As Canadian Blood Services moves toward more inclusive screening criteria for donors, Dr. Catherine Jenkins is bringing her perspective to that work as a scientist, LGBTQ+ advocate…

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CBR travel awards support scientists’ learning at the AABB 2020 Virtual Conference

CBR travel awards support scientists' learning at the AABB 2020 Virtual Conference Transfusion Blood Friday, June 04, 2021 Canadian Blood Services trainees This post was written by Dr. Mona Khorshidfar and Wayne Zhao, both of whom are members of Dr. Dana Devine’s laboratory at the Centre for Blood Research. The post was originally published on the Centre for Blood Research blog. Read that original post here.    The Centre for Blood Research (CBR) Travel Award provides…

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The impact of COVID-19 on blood donation in Canada

The impact of COVID-19 on blood donation in Canada Plasma Transfusion Blood Tuesday, May 25, 2021 Dr. Geraldine Walsh As SARS-CoV-2 was emerging in early 2020, Canadian Blood Services and other blood operators were unsure how their operations and the blood supply would be affected. Now, over a year since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared, an article by Canadian Blood Services’ medical officer, Dr. Aditi Khandelwal, looks back on the pandemic’s impact on blood donations…

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Centre for Innovation open funding opportunities and kudos

Centre for Innovation open funding opportunities and kudos Plasma Stem Cells Transfusion Blood Thursday, May 13, 2021 Dr. Geraldine Walsh Through the Centre for Innovation’s competitive funding programs, Canadian Blood Services conducts and supports researchers and research projects in key areas. Recipients for one of our most dynamic programs, the BloodTechNet Award, were recently announced, and several other funding opportunities are now open for applications.  BloodTechNet Award Program recipients BloodTechNet funding supports the development of…

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Building resiliency in health care

Building resiliency in health care Transplantation Organs and Tissues Tuesday, April 27, 2021 Jessica Cunha Organ donation coordinators endure high rates of burnout. Canadian Blood Services and CHEO aim to change that. Before Ken Lotherington joined the organ and tissue donation and transplantation (OTDT) team at Canadian Blood Services, he was employed within a hospital in Halifax. There, he worked directly with patient families as a tissue specialist and supported the donation program during organ…

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Stories worth sharing – Meet the researcher: Dr. Peter Schubert

Stories worth sharing - Meet the researcher: Dr. Peter Schubert Transfusion Blood Thursday, April 15, 2021 Guest Author This is an edited repost of a profile written by Andy An, MD/PhD student in the Hancock Lab and Cecilia H. Kim, CBR-SBME Summer Studentship Program alumna. The original article can be found on the Centre for Blood Research blog here. Dr. Peter Schubert is a principal investigator with the UBC Centre for Blood Research (CBR) and…

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Improving patient safety: preventing a harmful side effect of IVIg treatment

Improving patient safety: preventing a harmful side effect of IVIg treatment Plasma Transfusion Blood Friday, April 09, 2021 Guest Author By Dr. Donald Branch and Dr. Jacob Pendergrast Dr. Donald Branch is Senior Scientist, Canadian Blood Services Centre for Innovation, and Professor in Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Jacob Pendergrast is Associate Medical Director, Blood Transfusion Laboratory, University Health Network, and Assistant Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of…

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The Canadian Blood Services Lifetime Achievement Award 2021: Nominations now open

The Canadian Blood Services Lifetime Achievement Award 2021: Nominations now open Transplantation Organs and Tissues Plasma Stem Cells Transfusion Blood Tuesday, April 06, 2021 Dr. Geraldine Walsh The Canadian Blood Services Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals whose landmark contributions are both extraordinary and world class in the field of transfusion or transplantation medicine, stem cell or cord blood research in Canada and/or abroad. This prestigious award is now open for nominations for 2021. Read on…

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