Transfusion

Reducing platelet wastage while on the move


Thursday, July 22, 2021
Despite the critical and increasing demand for platelets within the health-care system, they remain the most commonly discarded blood component in Canada. Improper storage outside of the hospital blood bank is the main reason that platelets get discarded before they’ve reached the end of their 7-day shelf life. A team from University of Toronto QUEST research program tested a storage bag specially designed to address the problem of platelet discards.

Diverse talks that informed and inspired – Norman Bethune Symposium 2021


Friday, July 09, 2021
Postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Basit Yousuf, describes his experience attending and presenting at the 10th annual Norman Bethune Symposium.

Laying the groundwork for a more inclusive blood system


Thursday, June 24, 2021
Dr. Catherine Jenkins, scientist and LGBTQ+ advocate, is part of our effort to evolve donor screening questions.

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


Friday, June 04, 2021
The AABB Annual Meeting is considered a must-attend event for those wishing to learn about cutting edge research and technology advances in blood banking and transfusion medicine and science. Two Centre for Blood Research trainees describe their experiences at AABB 2020 – an international, high profile conference attended from the comfort of their own homes due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The impact of COVID-19 on blood donation in Canada


Tuesday, May 25, 2021
An article recently published on the Canadian Blood Services’ professional education website looks back on the impact of the pandemic on blood donation in Canada.

Centre for Innovation: Funding award updates and open competitions


Thursday, May 13, 2021
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.

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


Thursday, April 15, 2021
As this Centre for Blood Research profile highlights, the Centre for Innovation’s Dr. Peter Schubert keeps busy with his various roles at Canadian Blood Services and the University of British Columbia Centre for Blood Research. Read on to learn about his background, his research inspirations and his advice for young scientists.

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


Friday, April 09, 2021
Our research is improving patient safety for those who need intravenous immune globulin (IVIg), a drug used to treat autoimmune diseases. By increasing our understanding of an unexpected, potentially life-threatening side effect of IVIg therapy, our studies can help doctors better predict which patients are most at risk and take steps to protect them.

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


Tuesday, April 06, 2021
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.

Improving platelet transfusion practice: examining the quality of guidelines


Friday, March 26, 2021
People with a low platelet blood count, such as cancer patients receiving chemotherapy, can receive a platelet transfusion to boost their platelet count. But what is the best approach to platelet transfusion? In its latest publication, the International Collaboration for Transfusion Medicine Guidelines examines the quality of seven platelet transfusion guidelines.