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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Canadian Blood Services research collaborate with BEST to understand how donor age impacts red blood cell quality

Tuesday, September 26, 2023
Recent research involving Canadian Blood Services researchers highlights the relationship between donor age and the quality of blood products like red blood cells, while considering the complex interplay between storage conditions, oxidative stress, and genetic factors. Though the clinical implications remain uncertain, these findings underscore the importance of ongoing research in optimizing blood storage practices and continuing to improve the efficacy of blood transfusions for patients in need.
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Summer internship focuses on strategies to increase diversity in the stem cell registry

Thursday, September 21, 2023
Awa Diagne, a research assistant at Canadian Blood Services, describes her experience working on the Piloting and evaluating a community-led strategy for diversifying the stem cell registry project over summer 2023.
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Canadian Blood Services social scientists attend ISBT 2023

Thursday, September 07, 2023
In this blog, Canadian Blood Services scientists Dr. Jennie Haw and Dr. Kelly Holloway reflect on their experiences presenting at the International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT) annual conference in Gothenburg, Sweden. Read on to learn more about their social science research at this international event!
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20th anniversary celebration at the Centre for Blood Research (CBR): commemorating two decades of historical milestones and outstanding achievements

Tuesday, August 22, 2023
The Centre for Blood Research (CBR) at the University of British Columbia celebrated its 20-year anniversary on July 7th by inviting CBR alumni to join current members in learning about the beginnings of the centre. Read about the celebration and the history of the centre in this blog reposted from CBR.
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Meet the Researcher: Dr. Michael Sutherland

Thursday, July 20, 2023
In this repost of a “Meet the Researcher” interview from the Centre for Blood Research, Dr. Michael Sutherland shares about his research studying the activation of coagulation proteins on the surface of enveloped viruses and how it affects infection, and his interests outside the lab.
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ORBCoN recaps the 18th Annual Transfusion Medicine Education Workshop and Symposium

Thursday, July 13, 2023
The Ontario Regional Blood Coordinating Network (ORBCoN) and Canadian Blood Services co-hosted the 18th Annual ORBCoN/Canadian Blood Services Transfusion Education Workshop and Symposium in April 2023. Tracy Cameron, ORBCoN’s North and East Ontario regional manager, summarizes highlights from the event.


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