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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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Dr. Heyu Ni in his lab
Dr. Heyu Ni inducted as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

Jeudi, septembre 24, 2020
The Centre for Innovation’s Dr. Heyu Ni has been honoured by induction into the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Considered one of the highest honours for Canadian academics, Dr. Ni’s election as a Fellow is a recognition of the excellence of his work as a leader in Canadian health sciences.
Transfusion Camp speakers: (top row l-r) Yulia Lin, Katerina Pavenski, Christine Cserti-Gazdewich (bottom row l-r) Nancy Robitaille, Steven Drews, Michelle Zeller
Transfusion Camp carries on: educating physicians about using blood wisely

Mardi, septembre 15, 2020
Transfusion Camp is an educational program established by the University of Toronto QUEST program that teaches physicians how to use blood wisely. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, we questioned whether Transfusion Camp could continue.
Dr. Earl W. Davie enjoying presentations at the 13th annual Earl W. Davie Symposium in Vancouver.
Honouring Earl W. Davie (1927-2020)

Jeudi, septembre 10, 2020
In 1964, a seminal paper described the “waterfall” sequence of coagulation, representing a huge leap in our understanding of how blood clots. One of its authors, Dr. Earl W. Davie, a giant of blood coagulation research, died in June 2020 at the age of 92. We reflect on his legacy.
Dr. Isra Levy, Vice President of medical affairs and innovation at Canadian Blood Services
Honest and compassionate leadership in a crisis: An interview with Dr. Isra Levy

Jeudi, août 20, 2020
Dr. Isra Levy is in charge of medical and scientific support for all aspects of Canadian Blood Services’ work — how does he prepare for this job during a pandemic? To better understand what crisis leadership is, I asked Isra to share the lessons he has learned through his leadership journey.
a graphic of a laboratory flask containing a blood sample
Genotyping red blood cells can make transfusions safer for patients with sickle cell disease

Mercredi, août 12, 2020
A research team that includes experts from Canadian Blood Services and the McMaster Centre for Transfusion Research showed that genotyping red blood cell proteins could help make transfusions safer for patients with sickle cell disease.
An illustration of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which is responsible for COVID-19 infections
Blood transfusion during the pandemic: strategies in a time of uncertainty

Vendredi, août 07, 2020
COVID-19 has brought major implications for blood transfusion practices: uncertain demand patterns, reduced donations and loss of staff. A recent publication synthesizes studies that address the transfusion chain and provide guidance during times of potential or actual shortage. Dr. Mindy Goldman, medical director at Canadian Blood Services, is one of the study’s authors.

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