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Jenny Ryan

Jenny is the Science Communications Specialist at Canadian Blood Services working out of head office in Ottawa. She works closely with the Medical Affairs and Innovation division to interpret and showcase new research and discovery in transfusion and transplantation science. 

Highlights from the 2019 Critical Care Canada Forum


Thursday, February 06, 2020
The 2019 Critical Care Canada Forum (CCCF) took place in Toronto Nov. 10-13. This year marked the fifth annual Deceased Organ Donation Symposium, a two-day symposium held during CCCF that promotes scientific research and discussion about organ donation and transplantation and its application to critical care practice.

Memories of CST 2019


Thursday, October 24, 2019
The 2019 Canadian Transplant Summit took place Oct. 15-19 in iconic Banff, Alta. This annual event is a unique opportunity to bring together medical professionals, scientists, patients and stakeholders of all interests in organ donation and transplantation from across Canada.

The 2019 Critical Care Canada Forum hosts fifth annual Deceased Organ Donation Symposium


Tuesday, October 08, 2019
This year marks the fifth annual Deceased Organ Donation Symposium at the Critical Care Canada Forum in Toronto. This two-day symposium held Nov. 11–12, 2019 promotes scientific research in organ donation and transplantation and its application to critical care practice.

Organ and tissue donation by those who choose medical assistance in dying: new guidance for professionals


Tuesday, June 25, 2019
A new publication in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) aims to help health care teams navigate clinical issues surrounding organ and tissue donation by patients who choose to donate after medical assistance in dying (MAID) or withdrawal of life-sustaining measures. In collaboration with the Canadian Critical Care Society, the Canadian Society of Transplantation, and the Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses, Canadian Blood Services brought together medical, legal and ethics experts to inform this work, as well as patient partners who brought unique perspectives and thoughtful

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


Wednesday, May 08, 2019
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, working in critical care. The Deceased Organ Donation Symposium is an opportunity for these health care professionals to engage in discussions about relevant and emerging topics in deceased donation. A key event at the symposium was the

Expert guidance seeks to improve identification of potential organ donors


Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Collaboration leads to publication dedicated to supporting the critical care community in donor identification and referral allowing more potential organ donors to save lives, and more donor families to fulfill their loved one’s wishes

National organ sharing leads to 500 kidney transplants for highly sensitized patients


Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Five hundred kidney transplants made possible through national highly sensitized patient program

Looking back on 2018: Top-five most-read stories from the RED blog


Tuesday, January 01, 2019
As the year comes to a close and 2019 is set to begin, we take a moment to reflect on the 2018 articles that were among the most popular.

Raising awareness for living organ donation


Tuesday, November 27, 2018
This #givingtuesday — November 27, 2018 — organizations across the country are raising awareness about living donation. Did you know that more than 3,000 Canadians are on a waiting list for kidney transplantation? When the kidneys are no longer able to remove waste products from the blood, either dialysis (artificial filtering of blood) or a transplant is required for survival. Dialysis alone can lead to health complications and severely impact quality of life. A transplant is the preferred treatment for most patients suffering from kidney failure, yet there are not enough deceased kidney

Unleash your inner writer – Enter our first-ever lay science writing competition


Thursday, November 15, 2018
Use plain language to tell the story of your research in blood, plasma, stem cells or organs & tissues.