Contribute to Innovation at Canadian Blood Services
Vancouver is home to a very special clinic where donors can give blood for research and for studies designed to improve Canada's blood system.
The team at the Blood4Research Facility believes that everybody - including those who can't donate to the regular donation system - can make an important contribution toward improving the health of their fellow Canadians. We welcome and celebrate the participation of all our donors!
The motto of our Blood4Research Facility is "Everybody can be a lifeline".
As part of Canadian Blood Services' Centre for Innovation, our facility has a mandate to drive advances in blood collection and storage. Our responsibilities include evaluating new equipment to be used at Canadian Blood Services sites across the country; testing new technologies and manufacturing methods to establish procedures before they're used; and assessing new products that could improve care for Canadian patients.
In addition to improving the blood collection system, some of the blood collected at our facility is employed by researchers across Canada to find better care options for Canadians with a range of medical conditions.
The criteria for donating blood for research differ from a regular blood donation. Donors at the Blood4Research Facility are evaluated based on donor safety rather than recipient safety. So, if it's safe for you, we can put your blood to work! Some examples of criteria that are accepted at Blood4Research but not a regular donation clinic include:
False positive test results on regular donor screening
History of cancer
Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease risk
Prior residence or recent travel to a malaria risk country
Indications where donors are NOT eligible to donate for research for their own protection:
Blood Related Conditions - Anemia; Recurrent Deep Vein Thrombosis; Symptomatic Bleeding Disorders; Hemochromatosis (if complicated by cirrhosis or insulin-dependent diabetes); Chronic Thrombocytopenia
Cardiovascular/Lung Related Conditions - Significant heart impairment (e.g. Rheumatic Heart Disease, valvular disease, congestive heart disease); Endarterectomy (plaque removal from inside an artery); Stroke (due to non-reversible condition (i.e. cardiovascular disease)); Coronary heart disease; History of coronary bypass or valve replacement surgery; Heart attack; Coronary thrombosis (blood clot in an artery supplying the heart)
Other Indications - Diabetes Type 1 (insulin dependent); Cirrhosis of the Liver; Immune Deficiency Disorder; Severe renal impairment; Fainting at donation (two successive faints which involved loss of consciousness or prolonged hypotension, OR one faint complicated by tonic/clonic movements); Positive Testing Results for Hepatitis B Surface Antigen (Hepatitis B), HIV/AIDS, HTLV-Human T Cell Lymphotropic Virus, Hepatitis C
Our facility operates like a regular blood donation centre but in a small, intimate setting. Our clinic is attached to a laboratory so that we can make immediate use of the donated blood for our studies. Despite Vancouver being a big city, our donors are a close community of people committed to helping their fellow Canadians.
Just like a regular clinic, we have re-hydrating drinks and treats following your donation.
How can I sign up or get more information?
Our clinic staff members enjoy talking to donors about what they do and why they do it! Please contact us for more information.