Our Funded Research Projects

Updated October 2022

Title Principal Investigator / Supervisor Program Project Start Date Project End Date Sort ascending Total $ Awarded
University of Toronto QUEST Research Program Principal Investigator: CALLUM, Jeannie

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee:
Transfusion Medicine Research Program Support Award $1,290,733.50
Evaluating unintentional warming of glycerolized red cell concentrates Principal Investigator: ACKER, Jason

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: CLARKE, Gwen, TURNER, Tracy, OLAFSON, Carly, MYKHAILOVA, Olga
Blood Efficiency Accelerator Program $25,000.00
Optimizing Pre-Chemotherapy Anemia in Gynecologic Oncology (OPRA-2): A quality improvement initiative Principal Investigator: VICUS, Danielle

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: SPÉNARD, Elisabeth, LIN, Yulia, KHANDELWAL, Aditi, TANO, Ruby, JADUNANDAN, Saudia, KNIGHT, Dawn
Blood Efficiency Accelerator Program $30,000.00
A study to understand C1 esterase inhibitor distribution and patterns of use in Canada Principal Investigator: ARNOLD, Donald

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: HEDDLE, Nancy, KEITH, Paul, WASERMAN, SUSAN, WEBERT, Kathryn, NING, Shuoyan, SHIH, Andrew, MORRISON, Doug, YAN, Matthew
Blood Efficiency Accelerator Program $29,858.62
New platform for targeted gene editing of hematopoietic stem cells for cellulartherapy Principal Investigator: PINEAULT, Nicolas

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: MAGANTI, Harinad
Postdoctoral Fellowship Program $120,000.00
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 $410,000.00
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 Program $29,971.00
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 $310,000.00
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 $56,000.00
Are cervical cancer brachytherapy outcomes associated with pre-brachytherapy hemoglobin values and transfusion practice? An observational study comparing two academic centres. Principal Investigator: SOLH, Ziad

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: LAZO-LANGER, Alejandro, D'SOUZA, David, CALLUM, Jeannie, LEUNG, Eric, CHIN-YEE, Ian
Blood Efficiency Accelerator Program $27,669.50
PREMISE: Point-of-care hemoglobin accuracy and transfusion outcomes in non-cardiac surgery Principal Investigator: MARTEL, Guillaume

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: TINMOUTH, Alan, FERGUSSON, Dean, MCISAAC, Daniel, SHAW, Julie, RAMSAY, Tim, PRESSEAU, Justin, WHERRETT, Christopher, CARRIER, François-Martin, SEELY, Andrew, BRYSON, Gregory
Intramural Research Grant Program $392,974.00
IVIG utilization and its impact on platelet count in pregnant women with moderate thrombocytopenia Principal Investigator: KHALIFE, Roy

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: TINMOUTH, Alan, EL-CHAAR, Darine, MACK, Jonathan, KAROVITCH, Alan, FERGUSSON, Dean, WEBERT, Kathryn
Blood Efficiency Accelerator Program $22,217.25
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 $278,027.45
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 $237,600.00
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 $398,382.84
Identification of mechanisms leading to antibody independent RBC hemolysis Principal Investigator: BRANCH, Donald

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: FRIAS BOLIGAN, Kayluz
Postdoctoral Fellowship Program $150,000.00
Blood product demand forecast modeling using clinical predictors Principal Investigator: DOWN, Douglas

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: BLAKE, John , TRIFUNOV, Rick, COURTNEY, Thomas, HEDDLE, Nancy, CHIANG, Fei, LI, Na
Blood Efficiency Accelerator Program $30,000.00
Evaluation and improvement of cold stored platelets Principal Investigator: DEVINE, Dana

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: ZHAO, Hanqi (Wayne)
Graduate Fellowship Program $112,333.33
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 $112,333.33
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 $165,000.00
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 $90,333.33
Pediatric Transfusion Camp Principal Investigator: LIEBERMAN, Lani

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: LIN, Yulia, CALLUM, Jeannie, WALSH, Catherine, CHARGÉ, Sophie, WILLIAMS, Suzanne, FARONI, David, MEMA, Briseida, LACROIX, Jacque, LAU, Wendy, ROBITAILLE, Nancy, FINAN, Emer, HUME, Heather, HASPEL, Richard, ATKINSON, Adelle, SCOLNIK, Dennis
BloodTechNet Award Program $10,500.00
Expanding treatment options for inflammatory bowel disease: A novel mechanism of antibody-based immunotherapy Principal Investigator: SLY, Laura

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: HORWITZ, Marc, BRESSLER, Brian, RASSEKH, Rod, TURVEY, Stuart
Canadian Blood Services-CIHR Partnership Operating Grant Program $408,540.60
Fetal and neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia: novel mechanisms and therapeutic approaches Principal Investigator: NI, Heyu

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee:
Canadian Blood Services-CIHR Partnership Operating Grant Program $471,393.00
Canadians’ attitudes and opinions regarding cardiac donation after cardiocirculatory death: A mixed-methods study Principal Investigator: BALL, Ian

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: WEISS, Matt, D'ARAGON, Fred, PARSONS LEIGH, Jenna, HONARMAND, Kimia, BASMAJI, John, SIBBALD, Robert
Kenneth J. Fyke Award Program $95,929.00
Applying educational tools of knowledge translation to reduce the inappropriate use of plasma in Ontario: a collaboration between Canadian Blood Services and Ontario hospitals Principal Investigator: SOLH, Ziad

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: SKEATE, Robert, BERTA, Donna, CALLUM, Jeannie, LIMA, Ana, ZELLER, Michelle, ELAHIE, Allahna, HEDDLE, Nancy, THOMPSON, Troy, TINMOUTH, Alan, SHEHATA, Nadine, ILAGAN, Cesario
BloodTechNet Award Program $7,200.00
Novel mechanisms of platelet aggregation: Roles of non-classical beta-3 integrin ligands and fibronectin in thrombosis and hemostasis Principal Investigator: NI, Heyu

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee:
Canadian Blood Services-CIHR Partnership Operating Grant Program $398,871.00
Donor characteristics and the quality of red cell concentrates Principal Investigator: ACKER, Jason

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: MYKHAILOVA, Olga
Postdoctoral Fellowship Program $165,000.00
Virtual transfusions competency assessment Principal Investigator: VAN VLIET, Paula

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: DEYDEY, Kim, WESOLOWSKI, Mike
BloodTechNet Award Program $32,795.00
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 $400,000.00
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 Program $30,000.00
Management of iron deficiency anemia in the pediatric emergency department: Pilot study of red blood cell transfusion versus IV iron therapy Principal Investigator: LIEBMAN, Mira

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: PAMBRUN, Chantale, JAIN, Rini, SIMPSON, Ewurabena, HAMID, Jemila
Blood Efficiency Accelerator Program $29,831.00
Transfusion CONsent by a Standardized Evidence-based Novel Tool (Transfusion- CONSENT): Creating and validating novel tools to assess competence in obtaining transfusion consent Principal Investigator: LAUREANO, Marissa

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: KHANDELWAL, Aditi, HASPEL, Richard, FUNG, Mark, LANE, Shannon, ZELLER, Michelle
BloodTechNet Award Program $8,524.00
Optimizing rejuvenation to improve the product quality of pathogen-inactivation and γ-irradiated red cell concentrates Principal Investigator: SHEFFIELD, William

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: QADRI, Syed, SCHUBERT, Peter, DEVINE, Dana
Blood Efficiency Accelerator Program $30,000.00
Canadian cord blood banking: Legal and policy responses Principal Investigator: CAULFIELD, Timothy

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: MURDOCH, Blake, MARCON, Alessandro
James Kreppner Award Program $50,000.00
An interactive virtual tour of blood product manufacturing at Canadian Blood Services Principal Investigator: BODNAR, Melanie

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: CHARGÉ, Sophie, YAN, Mathew, ABE, Tricia, TORDON, Bryan, CLARKE, Gwen
BloodTechNet Award Program $20,000.00
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 Program $29,964.00
Influence of eryptosis and storage on transfused red cell recovery in sepsis Principal Investigator: SHEFFIELD, William

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: BRANCH, Donald, LIAW, Patricia, HEDDLE, Nancy, QADRI, Syed
Intramural Research Grant Program $283,569.00
Informing the distribution of COVID-19 convalescent plasma through implementation of CONCOR-1 in British Columbia Principal Investigator: SHIH, Andrew

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: VASARHELYI, Krisztina, MANUSHA, Stephania Anna, STEINER, Ted, MCMASTER, Robert, DALY, Patricia, LI, Na, DOWN, Douglas, HEDDLE, Nancy, PETRASZKO, Tanya, LIOW, Eric, PAVLOVICH, Sasha, RUTHERFORD, Alexander
Blood Efficiency Accelerator Program $30,000.00
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 $309,940.00
A Framework for Accelerated Synthesis of Trial Evidence – FAST Evidence - to assess efficacy of mesenchymal stromal cells and convalescent plasma for COVID-19 Principal Investigator: ALLAN, David

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: TINMOUTH, Alan, FERGUSSON, Dean, LALU, Manoj
Blood Efficiency Accelerator Program $25,000.00
Optimization of monoclonal anti-erythrocyte antibodies for improved immunoprophylaxis in a murine model Principal Investigator: LAZARUS, Alan

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: NI, Heyu
Intramural Research Grant Program $400,000.00
Of skin, sperm, and blood: A comparative analysis of exemptions in Canadian human tissue legislation Principal Investigator: CATTAPAN, Alana

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: VON TIGERSTROM, Barbara, NELSON, Eric, DAWSON, Rosanne
James Kreppner Award Program $43,275.00
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 $112,333.33
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 $56,166.67
Development of internet modules for serology curriculum delivery Principal Investigator: YAN, Matthew

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: PENDERGRAST, Jacob, TAIT, Gordon
BloodTechNet Award Program $35,500.00
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 $79,500.00
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 $452,500.00
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 $60,000.00
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 $229,507.00