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Our Research, Education, and Discovery Blog is a showcase for our work as well as the basic science behind what we do. Here we invite readers to explore the worlds of transfusion and transplantation science and learn more about how our research leads to improved everyday practices and ultimately – and most importantly – better outcomes for patients. 

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Featured image of blue gloved hand holding a tray of test tubes ready for testing in a lab.
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
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Norman Bethune Symposium 2020

Thursday, October 08, 2020
Postponed in April 2020, the Centre for Blood Research’s annual Norman Bethune Symposium moved to an online format and was held on Sept. 9, 2020. We heard from some Canadian Blood Services research trainees about the symposium and their experiences presenting their work in the “new normal” virtual format, which included a research showcase via Twitter.
Dr. Olga Mykhailova (Left) and Tracey Turner (Right) standing in the lab where they helped label more than 52,000 red blood cell images.
Machine learning opens new frontiers in red blood cell research

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
With their recent study, Centre for Innovation senior scientist Dr. Jason Acker and his international colleagues bring studying red blood cell shape into the 21st century.
Dr. Heyu Ni in his lab
Dr. Heyu Ni inducted as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

Thursday, September 24, 2020
The Centre for Innovation’s Dr. Heyu Ni has been honoured by induction into the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Considered one of the highest honours for Canadian academics, Dr. Ni’s election as a Fellow is a recognition of the excellence of his work as a leader in Canadian health sciences.
Transfusion Camp speakers: (top row l-r) Yulia Lin, Katerina Pavenski, Christine Cserti-Gazdewich (bottom row l-r) Nancy Robitaille, Steven Drews, Michelle Zeller
Transfusion Camp carries on: educating physicians about using blood wisely

Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Transfusion Camp is an educational program established by the University of Toronto QUEST program that teaches physicians how to use blood wisely. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, we questioned whether Transfusion Camp could continue.
Dr. Earl W. Davie enjoying presentations at the 13th annual Earl W. Davie Symposium in Vancouver.
Honouring Earl W. Davie (1927-2020)

Thursday, September 10, 2020
In 1964, a seminal paper described the “waterfall” sequence of coagulation, representing a huge leap in our understanding of how blood clots. One of its authors, Dr. Earl W. Davie, a giant of blood coagulation research, died in June 2020 at the age of 92. We reflect on his legacy.

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