Research. Education. Discovery.

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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Dr. Schubert hiking on the snowy slopes in Garibaldi Provincial Park
Stories worth sharing - Meet the researcher: Dr. Peter Schubert

Thursday, April 15, 2021
As this Centre for Blood Research profile highlights, the Centre for Innovation’s Dr. Peter Schubert keeps busy with his various roles at Canadian Blood Services and the University of British Columbia Centre for Blood Research. Read on to learn about his background, his research inspirations and his advice for young scientists.
Dr. Don Branch and Dr. Jacob Pendergrast
Improving patient safety: preventing a harmful side effect of IVIg treatment

Friday, April 09, 2021
Our research is improving patient safety for those who need intravenous immune globulin (IVIg), a drug used to treat autoimmune diseases. By increasing our understanding of an unexpected, potentially life-threatening side effect of IVIg therapy, our studies can help doctors better predict which patients are most at risk and take steps to protect them.
Nominations open for Canadian Blood Services Lifetime Achievement Award. Deadline May 7, 2021.
The Canadian Blood Services Lifetime Achievement Award 2021: Nominations now open

Tuesday, April 06, 2021
The Canadian Blood Services Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals whose landmark contributions are both extraordinary and world class in the field of transfusion or transplantation medicine, stem cell or cord blood research in Canada and/or abroad.
Sarah Longo
2020: The year no one expected - Challenges researchers face during a global pandemic

Thursday, April 01, 2021
Sarah Longo’s personal and engaging story describing the challenges she faced starting a new research position in the middle of the pandemic was awarded runner up in this year’s Lay Science Writing Competition.
Dr. Arwa Z. Al-Riyami
Improving platelet transfusion practice: examining the quality of guidelines

Friday, March 26, 2021
People with a low platelet blood count, such as cancer patients receiving chemotherapy, can receive a platelet transfusion to boost their platelet count. But what is the best approach to platelet transfusion? In its latest publication, the International Collaboration for Transfusion Medicine Guidelines examines the quality of seven platelet transfusion guidelines.
Melina Messing
Lost in lab: deciphering blood immune cells to fight COVID-19

Tuesday, March 23, 2021
We are delighted to publish the entries that were awarded joint first place in this year’s Lay Science Writing Competition. Read on for Melina Messing’s sobering but ultimately hopeful entry describing her experiences as a immunology researcher during the pandemic.

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