Dr. Geraldine Walsh

Dr. Geraldine Walsh is a scientific writer with the Canadian Blood Services’ Centre for Innovation. A PhD scientist with a passion for communication, Geraldine supports Canadian Blood Services’ research and development scientists with writing, editing and preparing manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals. Geraldine was captivated by the fascinating topic of blood during her graduate studies at The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (in Dublin, her hometown). During her PhD, she studied blood platelets, the little cell fragments that maintain the delicate balance between clotting and bleeding in our bodies. Today, her role as scientific writer allows her to combine a love of science with a love of writing and a real dedication to quality science communication.

ISBT In Focus 2021


Tuesday, August 03, 2021
For the second year, the International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT) offered their annual congress online. In June 2021, the virtual “ISBT In Focus” explored the latest in transfusion medicine and science, immunohematology and cellular therapies. In today’s blog, two Canadian Blood Services’ delegates describe their experiences at the congress.

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.

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.

Challenges 2020: Lay science writing winners announced


Thursday, March 11, 2021
The Centre for Innovation is delighted to announce the winners of the 2020-2021 Canadian Blood Services Lay Science Writing Competition. Read on to find out who won!

Why getting a COVID-19 vaccine shouldn’t stop you from donating blood


Thursday, March 04, 2021
You may be aware that there’s no deferral for blood donors after they receive a vaccine against COVID-19. But you might be wondering how the blood operators made this decision. Canadian Blood Services' medical director for donor and clinical services, Dr. Mindy Goldman, answers questions.

Understanding the politics of clinical trials in a pandemic


Thursday, February 25, 2021
A pandemic, and a possible blood-derived treatment, means blood operators like Canadian Blood Services have found themselves playing a unique role in national and international clinical trials. Canadian Blood Services social scientist, Dr. Kelly Holloway, and her collaborators, were recently awarded funding to understand the role and experience of blood operators as they navigate this new landscape.

Call for applications! Research funding opportunities now open


Friday, January 29, 2021
The Intramural Research Grant Program, one of the Centre for Innovation’s most responsive and impactful research funding programs, and the Kenneth J. Fyke Program, which supports health services and policy research, are both open for applications.

Breaking barriers to effective treatment for Alzheimer’s disease


Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Blood plasma-derived IVIg holds promise as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. A new study suggests that combining IVIg with a new drug delivery technique that helps get IVIg into the brain could increase its effectiveness and help make the best use of this precious treatment.

Adaptability and innovation: read the latest Centre for Innovation annual progress report


Thursday, December 10, 2020
The Centre for Innovation is the heart of Canadian Blood Services’ research and development activities. Its latest annual report, covering the fiscal year 2019-2020, is now available on blood.ca.