Plasma

Updated resources for transfusion professionals: hemostatic disorders and hereditary angioedema


Friday, July 15, 2022
Two chapters in Canadian Blood Services’ Clinical Guide to Transfusion were recently updated to provide health-care providers with the latest guidance on treating patients with hemostatic disorders and hereditary angioedema. Both chapter updates, available on Canadian Blood Services’ professional education website, were completed by a team of experts led by Dr. Man-Chiu Poon, emeritus professor of medicine, pediatrics and oncology at the University of Calgary, Cumming School of Medicine.

Research supports safety, feasibility of sexual behaviour-based screening


Tuesday, June 21, 2022
In late April 2022, Canadian Blood Services’ research-informed request to remove eligibility criteria specific to men who have sex with men and instead use sexual behaviour-based screening for all donors was approved by Health Canada. Read on to learn about two published studies from Canadian Blood Services that contributed to the body of evidence supporting this change.

Nominations open for the Lifetime Achievement Award 2022


Monday, April 25, 2022
Consider submitting a nomination for this prestigious award that recognizes individuals whose landmark contributions are recognized as both extraordinary and world class in the field of transfusion or transplantation medicine, stem cell or cord blood research in Canada and/or abroad. You have until May 16, 2022 to get your nominations in!

Lay Science Writing Competition Winner: What does it take to make a life-saving drug?


Thursday, April 21, 2022
Read the entry that was awarded first place in this year’s “Science behind the scenes” Lay Science Writing Competition! Congratulations to the winner, graduate student Alexandra Witt. She identified high school students as her target audience and wrote an engaging piece that sheds light on the questions scientists ask when developing a new drug.

Product resiliency: future-proofing our product portfolio


Thursday, March 31, 2022
Dr. Cyrus Eduljee, associate director of portfolio management at Canadian Blood Services, explains how his group’s work supports the organization in bringing new products to the shelves and the importance of ensuring the organization is well prepared to withstand future shocks.

Student advocates, plasma donation and the pandemic


Thursday, February 24, 2022
A study conducted last year by Canadian Blood Services’ social scientist, Dr. Kelly Holloway, shows challenges and opportunities for on-campus student advocates as they engage with their peers to encourage blood and plasma donation, all while navigating the COVID-19 pandemic.

Top 5 blog posts of 2021


Friday, December 31, 2021
As we begin a new year, look back with us at the top five blogs of 2021. Unsurprisingly, pandemic-related information gained the most attention.

Earl W. Davie Symposium 2021 – a welcome return to in-person for some


Tuesday, December 21, 2021
This year’s event was held in a hybrid format providing attendees with the best of both worlds: a chance for face-to-face discussions for those who could attend in Vancouver, B.C., and the flexibility of a virtual event for participants and attendees across Canada and beyond.

2021 Lifetime Achievement Awards recognize eminent Canadian researchers


Thursday, December 16, 2021
During November’s Honouring Canada’s Lifeline award ceremony, three distinguished Canadian researchers were recognized with Lifetime Achievement Awards. Each a world-leading expert with numerous outstanding achievements during their distinguished careers, Dr. Gilles Delage, Dr. Heather Hume and Dr. Mel Krajden are deserving awardees.

Our professional education website has a new look!


Tuesday, November 30, 2021
We’re excited to launch a brand-new look for our professional education website, Canadian Blood Services’ resource hub for health-care professionals.