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. 

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.

Critical Care Canada Forum 2018

Tuesday, November 06, 2018
The Critical Care Canada Forum (CCCF) takes place this week in Toronto. The annual event is attended by hundreds of health professionals working in critical care, primarily physicians. A key event within the Forum is an unopposed plenary on brain death determination, to be held on Wednesday, November 7th.

Highlights from the Transplant Summit 2018

Friday, November 02, 2018
Health professionals, patients, and policy makers gathered in Ottawa to discuss the future of transplantation in Canada at the Canadian Transplant Summit 2018 — October 16-20, 2018. The Canadian Society of Transplantation, Canadian Blood Services, the Canadian Donation and Transplantation Research Program (formerly CNTRP) and Canadian Bone Marrow Transplant Group worked together to develop a robust and comprehensive scientific program. Over the course of five jam-packed days the community shared knowledge, learned from one another and talked all sides of system improvement. The Summit opened

Meet the Director: Dr. Chantale Pambrun

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Get to know Dr. Chantale Pambrun, Director, Canadian Blood Services’ Centre for Innovation Previously led by Judie Leach Bennett, who joined the executive management team as Vice-President, General Counsel and Chief Risk Officer, Dr. Chantale Pambrun took over as Director of the Centre for Innovation in December 2017. She was formerly associate director, donor and clinical services and, prior to joining us at Canadian Blood Services, she was the Medical Director of Hematopathology at a tertiary health care centre for women and children in Halifax, NS. To get to know Dr. Pambrun better, we

Canadian Blood Services receives Omandt Solandt Award

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
On June 5, Canadian Blood Services was honoured to accept the Canadian Operational Research Society's Omandt Solandt Award at a reception in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Michelle Rogerson, Director, Supply Chain (Atlantic), Canadian Blood Services, accepted the award on behalf of the organization. About this award Dr. Omand McKillop Solandt was the first president of the Canadian Operational Research Society. He was a physician and surgeon, who graduated from the University of Toronto and did post-graduate work at Cambridge in the 1930s. When the Second World War broke out, Dr. Solandt investigated

Rare blood: a program to ensure access to blood no matter how rare

Monday, May 28, 2018
On the surface of our red blood cells are proteins called antigens. There are more than 600 known antigens — and some combinations of antigens are far less common than others.

Dr. Peter Nickerson awarded Kidney Foundation Medal for Research Excellence

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
On May 5th, the Kidney Foundation of Canada announced that Dr. Peter Nickerson is the winner of their 2018 Medal for Research Excellence. A well deserved honour indeed. We're proud to congratulate Dr. Nickerson on this award. Dr. Nickerson is widely recognized for his role in building a national transplant network for hard-to-match kidney patients. As medical advisor with Canadian Blood Services’ Donation and Transplantation program, he was instrumental in developing national kidney programs such as the Highly Sensitized Patient (HSP) program that is giving new hope to Canadians who previously

James Kreppner Award goes to University of Saskatchewan’s Alana Cattapan

Wednesday, May 09, 2018
Alana Cattapan, assistant professor in the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS) at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) has been awarded the Canadian Blood Services’ James Kreppner Award ($43,275) to study the issues related to the commercialization of blood and tissue in Canada. James Kreppner was a former board member of Canadian Blood Services and a strong advocate for blood safety. He challenged assumptions when necessary and inspired the highest standards of analysis and decision-making. This award named in his honour supports research of high quality, to inform

Grow your lab science toolkit with The Objective Lens podcast

Friday, April 27, 2018
National Medical Laboratory Week 2018, also known as Lab Week, is one campaign that CSMLS energetically promotes to inspire lab professionals to share their professional lives with the public. This year, Lab Week is from April 22-28.