The Canadian Blood and Marrow Transplant Group (CBMTG) held their annual conference April 24-27 in Vancouver. This group provides leadership and promotes excellence in patient care, research and education in the field of blood and marrow transplant.
The 2016 scientific program addressed many topic including complications of autologous and allogeneic transplant and welcomed speakers from across the country and around the world to share their expertise.
Mike Halpenny, manager of stem cell manufacturing at Canadian Blood Services, presented "Replacement of Pentaspan with Hetastarch for Cryopreservation of Hematopoietic Progenitor Cells, Apheresis”.
This presentation won two awards: Best Oral Abstract Presentation Award Clinical: Laboratory/Quality and the Patty Bakkestad-Legare Award for best laboratory abstract.
“This award is really reflective of the teamwork within our stem cell program and within Canadian Blood Services,” says Mike. “It’s also an example of the great work that the stem cell manufacturing program is doing.”
The presentation was based on work to find an alternative product for use in cryopreservation of stem cells through Canadian Blood Services’ stem cell manufacturing program. The investigation was done by a team comprising members from the Ottawa cord blood bank and stem cell manufacturing, as well as Canadian Blood Services’ validation group, the Edmonton stem cell program, NetCAD, and in partnership with The Ottawa Hospital as well.
The Abstract "Replacement of Pentaspan with Hetastarch for Cryopreservation of Hematopoietic Progenitor Cells, Apheresis”on behalf of authors Elmoazzen H, Giulivi A, Martin L, Perron D, Bredeson C, Halpenny M, Yang L, McGann L, Birch P, Acker JP can be found on page 23 of the scientific program
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Through discovery, development and applied research, Canadian Blood Services drives world-class innovation in blood transfusion, cellular therapy and transplantation—bringing clarity and insight to an increasingly complex healthcare future. Our dedicated research team and extended network of partners engage in exploratory and applied research to create new knowledge, inform and enhance best practices, contribute to the development of new services and technologies, and build capacity through training and collaboration.
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