Research. Education. Discovery. Blog

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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Organ and tissue donation by those who choose medical assistance in dying: new guidance for professionals

Tuesday, June 25, 2019
A new publication in CMAJ ( Canadian Medical Association Journal ) aims to help health care teams navigate clinical issues surrounding organ and tissue donation by patients who choose to donate after medical assistance in dying (MAID) or withdrawal of life-sustaining measures. In collaboration with...
International effort leads to better clinical guidelines for a serious illness affecting fetuses and newborns

Thursday, June 20, 2019
A team of experts gathered by the International Collaboration for Transfusion Medicine Guidelines has developed new clinical guidelines and accompanying patient and physician resources for Fetal and Neonatal Alloimmune Thrombocytopenia (FNAIT) – a potentially devastating illness in fetuses and newborns.
Trainees shine at the 2019 Norman Bethune Symposium

Tuesday, June 11, 2019
The Centre for Blood Research’s symposium was held in Vancouver, British Columbia in April. Featuring talks from world-class researchers, trainees and patients, the Norman Bethune Symposium provided attendees with the perfect blend of information and inspiration.
Creating platelets 2.0: stronger, faster, and with twice the life-saving power

Thursday, June 06, 2019
The ability to genetically modify a cell is a powerful tool. Genetically modified cells have advanced our understanding of how the body works and how diseases develop. They are currently used to treat a range of diseases, from cancers to bleeding disorders. Yet, not all cells are easily modified. Dr. Stefanie Novakowski’s joint 3rd place entry to our Lay Science Writing Competition explains more.
Iron deficiency in pregnancy – a matter of public health

Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Red blood cells are like delivery trucks that deliver oxygen to the vital organs in our body. Iron is the flatbed of the truck which holds the oxygen in place. Our body loses iron when we lose blood, and women are at the highest risk for low iron since blood is lost monthly during childbearing years. Dr. Heather VanderMeulen’s joint 3rd place entry to our Lay Science Writing Competition dissects these issues.
Lessons from afar: International experts share organ donation experience

Thursday, May 23, 2019
Canadian Blood Services’ Donation Physician Network (DPN) connects clinical care physicians and provides access to e ducational resources including webinars on leading practices, clincial case studies, literature and emerging issues. In the spirit of international collaboration, experts in organ...

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