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Catherine Lewis

Tracking the prevalence of COVID-19 at top speed


Tuesday, October 20, 2020
How Canadian Blood Services quickly stood up a seroprevalence lab able to test thousands of donor blood samples for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies each day

“Only we can help”: breaking down barriers for a child with a rare condition


Thursday, March 19, 2020
“There’s nothing I wouldn’t have done, knowing full well it was something only we could do. At the end of the day, Canadian Blood Services got this done. A child has been treated because we were adamant we were going to provide a solution."

Why you won’t get COVID-19 from a blood transfusion


Tuesday, March 10, 2020
“There is absolutely no evidence of transfusion transmission for COVID-19, or any other coronavirus,” says Dr. Steven Drews, associate director of microbiology at Canadian Blood Services.

Top 5 blog posts of 2019


Tuesday, January 07, 2020
Welcome to 2020! Take a look back with us by checking out the five most visited R.E.D. blog posts in 2019.

The science behind young blood


Thursday, October 31, 2019
Drinking the blood of the young, and thereby somehow capturing their youth, is a common literary trope. The ghoulish notion speaks to our cultural fascination with youth, but also to our dread of aging. There’s no evidence-based therapy using the blood of young people to counteract or prevent the effects of aging, but young blood is an area where science might be beginning to imitate art — at least, sort of. “When we talk about young blood, we’re really talking about two streams of work,” says Dr. Jason Acker, a senior scientist at Canadian Blood Services’ Centre for Innovation and professor

Dr. Donald Branch honoured by AABB for his career achievements


Thursday, November 07, 2019
Last month, Dr. Donald Branch, a scientist at Canadian Blood Services’ Centre for Innovation and professor at the University of Toronto, received a prestigious international award honouring his more than 40 years of major contributions to transfusion medicine and hematology.

Dr. Donna Wall wins lifetime achievement award


Friday, September 27, 2019
With a medical career spanning almost 40 years, Dr. Donna Wall has made significant contributions to the evolution of blood and marrow transplantation across North America. After completing paediatric and paediatric hematology/oncology training in the U.S., Dr. Wall went on to establish blood and marrow transplantation and public cord blood programs in cities including St. Louis and San Antonio. Among her many other collaborations, Dr. Wall has contributed to the transplant community upon her return to Canada. She helped launch Canadian Blood Services’ Cord Blood Bank and served on the

Stem cell transplantation pioneer wins lifetime achievement award


Thursday, September 26, 2019
With a focus on improving the lives of patients living with autoimmune diseases, transplant physician and scientist Dr. Harold Atkins has dedicated his career to discovering innovative methods for stem cell transplantation. In the late 1990s, Dr. Atkins and neurologist Dr. Mark Freedman proposed a novel way to stop the progression of early aggressive multiple sclerosis (MS) by completely wiping out a patient’s immune system, followed by a stem cell transplant. Their idea was first received with skepticism by the medical community. In 2016, however, The Lancet (one of the most prestigious peer

New research suggests novel uses for a plasma-derived medication


Thursday, August 29, 2019
A treatment now used to fight two diseases might have the potential to help patients with other conditions, too, according to new research funded by Canadian Blood Services.

New data report on eye and tissue banking in Canada


Tuesday, August 06, 2019
The 2017 Canadian Eye and Tissue Banking Statistics report is the first to include five consecutive years of data, allowing for new insight into provincial and national trends.