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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Research and education highlights: Innovation and Portfolio Management in 2021–22

Thursday, November 17, 2022
Canadian Blood Services’ Innovation and Portfolio Management annual progress report for 2021–22 is now available. The report recaps the collaborations in research and education that take place every day to support our shared purpose: to help every patient, match every need and serve every Canadian.
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Emerging Artificial Intelligence Methods to Assess Transfusion Quality

Thursday, November 10, 2022
Erik Lamoureux, recipient of a Canadian Blood Services graduate fellowship award and PhD Student at CBR, summarizes research on red blood cell deformability using deep learning in this blog repost from the Centre for Blood Research (CBR).
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CBR Research Day 2022: A day to celebrate summer student research

Tuesday, November 08, 2022
Want to learn about the latest research at the Centre for Blood Research (CBR)? If cutting-edge, interdisciplinary work in science and medicine interests you, then you’ll want to catch this event recap on CBR Research Day 2022!
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Updated resources for transfusion professionals: transfusion reactions

Thursday, October 27, 2022
The chapter on transfusion reactions in Canadian Blood Services’ Clinical Guide to Transfusion, has been updated with all-new content. Chapter 10 provides transfusion medicine professionals with information on various reactions that can occur with the transfusion of blood components.
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“Squeeze-ability” of a red blood cell: The deformability of red blood cells is a useful biomarker for storage quality

Thursday, October 06, 2022
Red blood cell transfusions are a crucial and often life-saving treatment for patients living with anemia, sickle cell disease and other conditions. This post describes recent research from the Centre for Blood Research exploring a novel way to assess the quality of stored red blood cells.
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CSTM 2022: A return to in-person networking & presentations

Thursday, September 29, 2022
Each year, the Canadian Society for Transfusion Medicine (CSTM), in partnership with Canadian Blood Services and Héma-Québec, hosts an exciting conference for professionals in the transfusion medicine. We asked research trainees and transfusion medicine fellows to reflect on their experience attending the CSTM 2022 conference, held May 26–29 in Toronto.

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