Top 5 blog posts of 2022

Thursday, December 29, 2022 Sarah Hogg

As we approach a new year, let’s look back at the five most popular posts from the Research, Education and Discovery blog this year.  

1. Forecasting red blood cell demand: Improving ordering strategies in hospital blood banks

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Innovative research undertaken by Dr. Na Li and the team at the McMaster Centre for Transfusion Research is harnessing electronic health data to improve demand forecasting and inventory management of red blood cells. 
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2. Sepsis: The end is just the beginning

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Imagine a cut on your hand gets infected. It gets hot, swollen, painful — but it means your immune system is fighting off that infection. Now imagine that happening throughout your entire body because the infection spread everywhere through your bloodstream. This is sepsis — a life-threatening blood infection. Read on to learn what we know and don’t know about sepsis, the link to COVID-19 and why we’re entering a new era of heightened interest in sepsis research. 

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3. Investigating envelope viruses: Tissue factor clotting research earns a first-ranked CIHR Project Grant 

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Could clues to the successful treatment of some of the world’s most challenging viral infections come from understanding how viruses interact with our body’s clot-creating proteins? Dr. Ed Pryzdial and his laboratory team at the Centre for Blood Research have dedicated their research efforts to answering questions like this; efforts that have recently earned funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). 

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4. Science behind the scenes: Lay Science Writing Competition winners announced 

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The Canadian Blood Services Lay Science Writing Competition supports our trainee network to develop communication skills by challenging them to showcase their research using plain language. 
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 5. Whole blood for transfusion: Development work supports operational feasibility 

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Development work by Canadian Blood Services’ product and process development group lays the groundwork for greater operational flexibility for blood operators looking to introduce whole blood for transfusion. 
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