A summary of recent discoveries advancing the understanding and treatment of hemophilia

Wednesday, April 17, 2024
World Hemophilia Day, an initiative of the World Federation of Hemophilia to raise awareness of hemophilia and other genetic bleeding disorders, is held annually on April 17. Hemophilia, an inherited blood disorder that affects mostly men, impairs the ability of a person’s blood to form clots. This blog highlights significant research into hemophilia that has received support from Canadian Blood Services.

Blood Efficiency Accelerator Award Program helping team establish national best practices for out-of-hospital transfusions

Tuesday, April 09, 2024
In this blog, Dr. Brodie Nolan describes how Canadian Blood Services’ Blood Efficiency Accelerator Award Program (BEAP) is supporting the development of national best practices and a new registry for lifesaving transfusions that occur outside of hospitals.

Pushing the boundaries of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation: Insights from cutting-edge pre-clinical research

Thursday, March 28, 2024
Hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) transplantation therapy is used in the treatment of various blood disorders including leukemia, lymphoma, and sickle cell anemia. A recent review article published by Dr. Hari Maganti’s lab explores current advancements in pre-clinical research on the biology and mechanism of HSC homing and engraftment following transplantation.

New program to deliver advanced training for medical technologists

Tuesday, March 05, 2024
The Specialization in Transfusion Science (STS) program is a new training program in development at the University of Alberta. Once launched, it will be the only program in Canada where medical laboratory technologists can develop advanced competencies in transfusion and earn credentials.

Earl W. Davie Symposium 2023: Seventeen years of connecting through science sharing

Wednesday, February 21, 2024
In this blog post, read about the 2023 Earl W. Davie Symposium held at the Centre for Blood Research (CBR) - a research event that brings together scientists, medical doctors, healthcare professionals, and trainees in the field of blood research and beyond.

Lifetime Achievement Award 2024 Criteria

Friday, February 16, 2024
Recipients of the Canadian Blood Services Lifetime Achievement Awards are individuals whose landmark contributions are recognized as both extraordinary and world class in the field of transfusion and transplantation medicine, stem cell or cord blood research in Canada and/or abroad.

Microbiology lab reflects on 20 years of advancing knowledge and providing evidence to improve blood component safety

Tuesday, February 13, 2024
In this blog, Dr. Sandra Ramirez-Arcos and members of Canadian Blood Services microbiology lab look back on 20 years of successful studies and pioneering work focused on advancing knowledge and providing evidence to improve the safety of blood components for transfusion recipients.

Canadian Blood Services announces new Dana Devine Award

Wednesday, January 24, 2024
Read about the new Canadian Blood Services Dana Devine Award program. This blog post, written by the Centre for Blood Research (CBR) includes reflections from individuals who worked with Dr. Devine.

Physician trainee promotes uptake of patient blood management in new publication

Thursday, January 18, 2024
Canadian Blood Services physician trainee Sumedha Arya describes the work behind a new publication in Transfusion, the Journal of AABB, focusing on the engagement of patients in patient blood management (PBM). This publication was the most downloaded of any PBM article in Transfusion in 2023! Read all about it – and watch the short, animated PBM video – in this blog!

Introducing our Research Ethics Board Chair!

Tuesday, January 09, 2024
or this blog, we invited Heather Sampson, the Chair of Canadian Blood Services’ Research Ethics Board, to reflect on her experience with research ethics and what she looks forward to in this role.