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Our Funded Research Projects

Updated July 2020

Title Principal Investigator / Supervisor Program Project Start Date Project End Date Sort ascending Total $ Awarded
Development of a drug to replace IVIg, and ADCC as cause for unexplained hemolysis post-transfusion Principal Investigator: BRANCH, Donald

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: ALMIZRAQ, Ruqayyah
Postdoctoral Fellowship Program $150,000
Reducing IVIG usage by developing novel prophylaxis therapies against FNAIT Principal Investigator: NI, Heyu

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: PASMAN, Yfke
Postdoctoral Fellowship Program $150,000
McMaster Centre for Transfusion Research Principal Investigator: ARNOLD, Donald

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee:
Transfusion Medicine Research Program Support Award $1,150,000
University of Toronto QUEST Research Program Principal Investigator: CALLUM, Jeannie

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee:
Transfusion Medicine Research Program Support Award $1,137,400
Assessing the acceptability and feasibility of a plasma donation program for gbMSM in Montréal from the point of view of cis and trans gbMSM, volunteers from Héma-Québec, current donors, and plasma product recipients Principal Investigator: OTIS, Joanne

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: GERMAIN, Marc, HAW, Jennie, MONTEITH, Kenneth, MYHAL, Geneviève, PRESSEAU, Justin, PIRNAT, Bojan, LAPIERRE, Don
MSM Plasma Program $390,970
Evaluation and improvement of cold stored platelets Principal Investigator: DEVINE, Dana

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: ZHAO, Hanqi (Wayne)
Graduate Fellowship Program $104,000
Assessing acceptability, understanding and effectiveness of alternative screening questions for current donors Principal Investigator: FISHER, William

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: HAW, Jennie, GOLDMAN, Mindy, FOSTER, Terrie, O'BRIEN, Sheila, HOFKIRCHNER, Alexander
MSM Plasma Program $129,400
Replacement of IVIg by small molecule inhibitors of phagocytosis Principal Investigator: BRANCH, Donald

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: LORIAMINI, Melika
Graduate Fellowship Program $52,000
Investigating a new class of small molecule ice recrystallization inhibitors for red blood cell cryopreservation Principal Investigator: BEN, Robert

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: AMPAW, Anna
Graduate Fellowship Program $104,000
The Calgary Plasma Study: feasibility of implementing source plasma donation with alternative screening eligibility criteria for men who have sex with men Principal Investigator: PRESSEAU, Justin

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: GOLDMAN, Mindy, O'BRIEN, Sheila, MACPHERSON, Paul, OTIS, Joanne, FOSTER, Terrie, VESNAVER, Elisabeth, GERMAIN, Marc, ROSSER, Andrew, LAPIERRE, Don, HILL, Nolan
MSM Plasma Program $399,875
Awareness and understanding of apheresis plasma donation and effectiveness of alternative donor screening questions for diverse gbMSM and trans populations Principal Investigator: GAHAGAN, Jacqueline

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: HAW, Jennie, LACHOWSKY, Nathan, DRYDEN, OmiSoore, MANNING, Eli, FOSTER, Terrie, O'BRIEN, Sheila, HACHETTE, Todd, MULLOWNEY, Mike
MSM Plasma Program $200,500
Synthesis and live cell imaging of ice recrystallization inhibitors in red blood cells Principal Investigator: BEN, Robert

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: MCMUNN, Leah
Graduate Fellowship Program $52,000
The mechanism of action of monoclonal antibody blends in the potential replacement of anti-D in HDFN Principal Investigator: LAZARUS, Alan

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: CRUZ-LEAL, Yoelys
Postdoctoral Fellowship Program $150,000
Donor characteristics and the quality of red cell concentrates Principal Investigator: ACKER, Jason

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: MYKHAILOVA, Olga
Postdoctoral Fellowship Program $150,000
Modulation of biofilm formation, virulence, and antimicrobial resistance by Staphylococcus aureus during platelet storage Principal Investigator: RAMIREZ-ARCOS, Sandra

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: SAD, Subash, MAH, Thien-Fah
Intramural Research Grant Program $299,308
IN-TRUST: Using a transfusion database to explore the immune-modulatory impacts of blood transfusion and the clinical impacts of blood processing changes Principal Investigator: NING, Shuoyan

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: ARNOLD, Donald, ZELLER, Michelle, ACKER, Jason, LI, Na, HEDDLE, Nancy, HILLIS, Christopher, ROCHWERG, Bram, SYED, Summer
Intramural Research Grant Program $250,326
Understanding general population impact and opportunities from changes to blood donation deferral screening and criteria for men who have sex with men Principal Investigator: LACHOWSKY, Nathan

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: BRENNAN, David, CARD, Kiffer, DRYDEN, OmiSoore, GASPAR, Mark, GILBERT, Mark, GRACE, Daniel, KNIGHT, Rodney, LEBOUCHÉ, Bertrand, MORGAN, Jeffrey, SALWAY, Travis
MSM Research Grant Program $310,000
Fc receptors and IVIg in ITP Principal Investigator: LAZARUS, Alan

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: CSERTI-GAZDEICH, Christine, LIN, Yulia, CALLUM, Jeannie, SHOLZBERG, Michelle, NI, Heyu
Intramural Research Grant Program $400,000
Feasibility of implementing source plasma donation with alternative eligibility criteria for men who have sex with men Principal Investigator: PRESSEAU, Justin

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: GOLDMAN, Mindy, O'BRIEN, Sheila, MACPHERSON, Paul, OTIS, Joanne, GERMAIN, Marc, DEVINE, Dana, ROSSER, Andrew, LAPIERRE, Don
MSM Research Grant Program $309,950
Plasma transfusion or plasma protein product infusion in a murine model of trauma Principal Investigator: SHEFFIELD, William

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: PRYZDIAL, Edward
Intramural Research Grant Program $238,347
TAD-POL (Transfusion-Associated-Dyspnea: Prospective observation and laboratory assessment) Principal Investigator: CSERTI-GAZDEWICH, Christine

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: BRANCH, Donald, LAZARUS, Alan, CALLUM, Jeannie, LIN, Yulia, PENDERGRAST, Jacob, LIEBERMAN, Lani, SHEHATA, Nadine, PAVENSKI, Katerina, SKEATE, Robert
Intramural Research Grant Program $278,027
Anti-GPIb mediated thrombocytopenia: Implications for IVIG and other therapies Principal Investigator: NI, Heyu

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: LAZARUS, Alan, BRANCH, Donald
Intramural Research Grant Program $381,491
Novel detection strategies for new platelet ligands and anti-platelet antibodies Principal Investigator: NI, Heyu

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: NEVES, Miguel
Postdoctoral Fellowship Program $150,000
Development of a small molecule cocktail for the expansion of cord blood stem cells Principal Investigator: PINEAULT, Nicolas

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: BLAKE, John, AUDET, Julie
Intramural Research Grant Program $220,000
Evaluating the role of donor characteristics and blood component manufacturing on the quality of red cell concentrates Principal Investigator: ACKER, Jason

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: BRANCH, Donald, CLARKE, Gwen, NAHIRNIAK, Susan
Intramural Research Grant Program $368,873
Small molecule drug development of phagocytosis inhibitors Principal Investigator: BRANCH, Donald

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: KOTRA, Lakshmi, P.
Intramural Research Grant Program $396,730
ACB and MSM - it's not an oxymoron: A research project that explores the importance of ACB people in MSM blood donation research Principal Investigator: DRYDEN, OmiSoore

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: LEE, Woo Jin Edward, NELSON, LaRon, MARSHALL, Zack, MBUAGBAW, Lawrence
MSM Research Grant Program $410,000
Measurement of heavy metals in donor blood in Canada Principal Investigator: DEVINE, Dana

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: SERRANO, Katherine, LEVIN, Elena, MURPHY, Michael, BARAKAUSKAS, Vilte, HADJESFAMDOARI, Narges, ARRIETA, Angele, RICHARDSON-SANCHEZ, Tomas
Blood Efficiency Accelerator Award Program $29,971
Virtual transfusions competency assessment Principal Investigator: VAN VLIET, Paula

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: DEYDEY, Kim, WESOLOWSKI, Mike
BloodTechNet Award Program $32,795
Synthesis of carbohydrate derivatives for the improvement of red blood cell storage Principal Investigator: BEN, Robert

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: MEYER, Julia
Graduate Fellowship Program $82,000
Support of HLA laboratory directors in-training for rotations in specialized laboratories Principal Investigator: WAGNER, Eric

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: KEOWN, Paul, LIWSKI, Robert, CAMPBELL, Patricia, BERKA, Noureddine, WANG, Jinguo, MOSTAFA, Ahmed, CHEE-LOONG, Saw, RICHARD, Lucie, CHARGÉ, Sophie, DHARSEE, Fatima
BloodTechNet Award Program $8,490
Development of internet modules for serology curriculum delivery Principal Investigator: YAN, Matthew

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: PENDERGRAST, Jacob, TAIT, Gordon
BloodTechNet Award Program $35,500
Novel cell-surface engineering methods to increase immune-tolerance of allogenic cell transplantation Principal Investigator: KIZHAKKEDATHU, Jayachandran

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: MOON, Haisle
Graduate Fellowship Program $82,000
Deformability based cell sorting enabling quality control of stored red blood cells Principal Investigator: MA, Hongshen

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: ISLAMZADA, EMEL
Graduate Fellowship Program $52,000
Assessing alternative Canadian Blood Services blood donor deferral screening policies for men who have sex with men Principal Investigator: BRENNAN, David

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: ADAM, Barry, HART, Trevor, LACHOWSKY, Nathan, GRACE, Daniel
MSM Research Grant Program $60,000
Monovalent Fc receptor blockade using novel fusion proteins: The road towards an IVIg replacement Principal Investigator: LAZARUS, Alan

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: SHEFFIELD, William, BRANCH, Donald
Intramural Research Grant Program $400,000
Évaluation de l’acceptabilité et de la faisabilité d’un programme de dons de plasma destiné au fractionnement, pour les hommes ayant des relations sexuelles avec d’autres hommes de la communauté gaie montréalaise Principal Investigator: OTIS, Joanne

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: GERMAIN, Marc, GODIN, Gaston, PRONOVOST, Frédérick, MONTEITH, Kenneth, MYHAL, Geneviève, GIRARD, Gabriel, MORIN, Michel
MSM Research Grant Program $229,507
Canadian cord blood banking: Legal and policy responses Principal Investigator: CAULFIELD, Timothy

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: MURDOCH, Blake MARCON, Alessandro
James Kreppner Award Program $50,000
A novel clot-dissolving agent derived from clotting factor Va Principal Investigator: PRYZDIAL, Ed

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: LEE, Frank
Graduate Fellowship Program $52,000
New solution for cord blood unit preservation Principal Investigator: PINEAULT, Nicolas

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: KAUSHAL, Richa
Graduate Fellowship Program $52,000
Blood and stem cell donation for men who have sex with men in Canada: A toolkit for healthcare professionals Principal Investigator: FINGRUT, Warren

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: GOLDMAN, Mindy, SHIH, Andrew, ELMOAZZEN, Heidi, ALLAN, David, PETRASZKO, Tanya, YAN, Matthew, COUPAL, Dylan, SEGALL, Romy, CHOWDHURY, Fuad, CAI, Helen, KUMAR, Shamini Vijaya, TRAADE, Daniel, ROSENFELD, Aaron, KAVEH, Farrokhi
BloodTechNet Award Program $20,000
Monoclonal antibodies with anti-D like activity in amelioration of murine ITP Principal Investigator: LAZARUS, Alan

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: KHAN, RAMSHA
Graduate Fellowship Program $52,000
Estimating the probability of HIV risk in MSM donor policies through biobehavioural and mathematical modelling studies Principal Investigator: HART, Trevor

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: LAMBERT, Gilles, GRACE, Daniel, BAUER, Greta, MOORE, David, COX, Joseph, LACHOWSKY, Nathan, MISHRA, Sharmistha, BRENNAN, David, TAN, Darrell, SKAKOON-SPARLING, Shayna
MSM Research Grant Program $452,500
Rapid verification variant D phenotype by genotyping in a regional laboratory Principal Investigator: BERARDI, Philip

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: FUNG KEE FUNG, Karen, GIULIVI, Antonio, NEURATH, Doris, CLARKE, Gwen
Blood Efficiency Accelerator Award Program $30,000
Investigating the mechanism of anti-CD44 antibody amelioration of IVIg-treatable disease Principal Investigator: LAZARUS, Alan

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: NORRIS, Peter
Graduate Fellowship Program $104,000
Attitudes, behaviours, and acceptability related to current and future blood donation policy: A qualitative study of gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men in Vancouver, Toronto, and Montréal Principal Investigator: GRACE, Daniel

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: HART, Trevor, LAMBERT, Gilles, COX, Joseph , ADAM, Barry , BRENNAN, David , LACHOWSKY, Nathan, MOORE, David
MSM Research Grant Program $60,000
Assessing unintentional creation of bias against MSM as a function of exposure to blood donor screening questionnaire and assessing sexual behaviour risk factors of those successfully passing blood donor screening Principal Investigator: FISHER, William

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee:
MSM Research Grant Program $56,000
Allowing MSM to donate in the context of pathogen reduction of blood components: mathematical modeling of the risk of HIV, HBV and HCV transmission through transfusion Principal Investigator: LEWIN, Antoine

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: GERMAIN, Marc, DELAGE, Gilles, ROBILLARD, Pierre, GRÉGOIRE, Yves, WILLIAM, Fraser
MSM Research Grant Program $39,618
Blood utilization epidemiological profile to evaluate appropriate use (BLUE) Principal Investigator: ZELLER, Michelle

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: ARNOLD, Donald, WEBERT, Kathryn, HEDDLE, Nancy, NING, Shuoyan, BARTY, Rebecca
Blood Efficiency Accelerator Award Program $29,964
Sex Now 2018: A national survey on blood donation and undiagnosed blood borne infections Principal Investigator: LACHOWSKY, Nathan

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: TRUSSLER, Terry, GILBERT, Mark, SALWAY, Travis, JOLLIMORE, Jody, HAM, David, LOFTUS, Patrick, OLIVER, Brent, HANSEN, Brian, VISSER, Floyd, BRENNAN, David, GRACE, Daniel, OTIS, Joanne, LEBOUCHÉ, Bertrand, NUMER, Matthew, SAXTON, Peter
MSM Research Grant Program $421,719