Our Funded Research Projects

Updated April 2021

Title Principal Investigator / Supervisor Program Project Start Date Project End Date Sort ascending Total $ Awarded
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
Mathematical Modelling – Comparing HIV Risk Between MSM Donation Strategies Principal Investigator: O'BRIEN, Sheila

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: GERMAIN, Marc, GRÉGOIRE, Yves, SEED, Clive, CUSTER, Brian, STEELE, Whitney, DAVISON, Katy, PILLONEL, Josiane
MSM Research Grant Program $24,000
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, Melissa

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: KHANDELWAL, Aditi, HASPEL, Richard, FUNG, Mark, LANE, Shannon, ZELLER, Michelle
BloodTechNet Award Program $8,524
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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, Roseanne
James Kreppner Award Program $43,275
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
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 $60,333
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
A novel clot-dissolving agent derived from clotting factor Va Principal Investigator: PRYZDIAL, Ed

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: LEE, Frank
Graduate Fellowship Program $39,500
A program to minimize preventable and inappropriate blood product transfusions in liver surgery Principal Investigator: MARTEL, Guillaume

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: BAKER, Laura, TINMOUTH, Alan, SAIDENBERG, Elianna, WHERRETT, Christopher, WORKNEH, Aklile
Blood Efficiency Accelerator Program $20,000
Platelet desialylation: novel mechanism of platelet clearance and immune tolerance Principal Investigator: NI, Heyu

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: LI, June
Graduate Fellowship Program $104,000
Development of a small molecule-based stem and progenitor expansion protocol to accelerate engraftment after cord blood transplantation Principal Investigator: PINEAULT, Nicolas

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: MANESIA, Javed
Postdoctoral Fellowship Program $101,200
Transfusion-Related Acute Lung Injury and delayed TRALI: a prospective study in critically ill children Principal Investigator: EMERIAUD, Guillaume

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: Du PONT-THIBIDEAU, Genevieve, FONTELA, Patricia S. , GAUVIN, France, GILFOYLE, Elaine, HUTCHISON, James S., LACROIX, Jacques, MENON, Kusum, ROBITAILLE, Nancy, TINMOUTH, Alan T., TROTTIER, Helen
Canadian Blood Services-CIHR Partnership Operating Grant Program $477,651
Code sepsis: defining and translating optimal resuscitation and care for children with septic shock Principal Investigator: PARKER, Melissa

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee:
Canadian Blood Services-CIHR Partnership New Investigator Program $300,000
A multifaceted intervention to optimize red blood cell transfusion practice in two provinces Principal Investigator: WEBERT, Kathryn

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: NAHIRNIAK, Susan, CALLUM, Jeannie, LIN, Yulia, ZELLER, Michelle
Intramural Research Grant Program $332,942
Assessment of the quality of granulocyte concentrates to optimise their use in transfusion therapy Principal Investigator: FERNANDES, Maria

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: GIRARD, Mélissa, BRANCH, Donald
Blood Efficiency Accelerator Program $30,000
Plasma versus plasma protein concentrate transfusion for coagulopathic control Principal Investigator: SHEFFIELD, William

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: NI, Heyu
Intramural Research Grant Program $224,417
Human monoclonal CD44 antibodies as potential IVIg replacements Principal Investigator: LAZARUS, Alan

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: NI, Heyu
Intramural Research Grant Program $336,000
National evaluation of platelet transport bags to reduce wastage Principal Investigator: WEBERT, Kathryn

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: CALLUM, Jeannie, LIN, Yulia, LIEBERMAN, Lani, PENDERGRAST, Jacob, CSERTI-GAZDEWICH, Christine
Small Project Funding Program $9,740
Safety, Acceptance, Fairness & Equality (SAFE project): Acceptable risk and donor selection Principal Investigator: DITTO, Blaine

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: FERGUSON, Eamonn
MSM Research Grant Program $49,413
An evaluation of learner perspectives and outcomes following completion of the transfusion medicine area of focused competence Principal Investigator: TSENG, Eric Kuo

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: ZELLER, Michelle
Qualitative Education Funding $9,875
The role of stakeholder trust in OTDT policy change: public and professional attitudes to ante-mortem interventions in organ donation Principal Investigator: CHANDLER, Jennifer

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: McKAY, Lindsey
James Kreppner Award Program $50,000
Recombinant Fc multimers to replace IVIG Principal Investigator: BRANCH, Donald

Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: LEWIS, Bonnie
Graduate Fellowship Program $104,000