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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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Genotyping red blood cells can make transfusions safer for patients with sickle cell disease

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
A research team that includes experts from Canadian Blood Services and the McMaster Centre for Transfusion Research showed that genotyping red blood cell proteins could help make transfusions safer for patients with sickle cell disease.
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Blood transfusion during the pandemic: strategies in a time of uncertainty

Friday, August 07, 2020
COVID-19 has brought major implications for blood transfusion practices: uncertain demand patterns, reduced donations and loss of staff. A recent publication synthesizes studies that address the transfusion chain and provide guidance during times of potential or actual shortage. Dr. Mindy Goldman, medical director at Canadian Blood Services, is one of the study’s authors.
Graham Sher and Dana Devine at Knowledge Synthesis Forum
Knowledge synthesis forum highlights dedication of research teams and stakeholders, commitment of Canadian blood operators

Friday, July 31, 2020
In 2017, Canadian Blood Services and Héma-Québec launched a research program dedicated to advancing donor eligibility criteria specific to men who have sex with men. In November 2019, the blood operators hosted a knowledge synthesis forum in Toronto to bring stakeholders together and see where this research stands. A report from this forum is now available on
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Organ donation after circulatory death (DCD) e-learning module now available

Tuesday, July 21, 2020
The third module of Canadian Clinical Guide to Organ Donation just launched.
Dr. Jennie Haw, a social scientist at Canadian Blood Services' Centre for Education
Cord Blood Awareness Month: Q&A with researcher Jennie Haw

Thursday, July 16, 2020
Dr. Jennie Haw is a scientist at Canadian Blood Services’ Centre for Innovation. As a sociologist, she’s interested in understanding how health and health systems relate to the individual and society. As we celebrate Cord Blood Awareness Month this July, we sat down with Dr. Haw to talk about her research and its impact on cord blood banking.
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COVID-19 resources for health-care professionals

Thursday, June 25, 2020
Did you know that there’s a wealth of information available on the Canadian Blood Services’ Professional Education website to help transfusion medicine health-care professionals as they navigate the COVID-19 pandemic?

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