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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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Trainees shine at the 2019 Norman Bethune Symposium

Mardi, juin 11, 2019
The Centre for Blood Research’s symposium was held in Vancouver, British Columbia in April. Featuring talks from world-class researchers, trainees and patients, the Norman Bethune Symposium provided attendees with the perfect blend of information and inspiration.
Creating platelets 2.0: stronger, faster, and with twice the life-saving power

Jeudi, juin 06, 2019
The ability to genetically modify a cell is a powerful tool. Genetically modified cells have advanced our understanding of how the body works and how diseases develop. They are currently used to treat a range of diseases, from cancers to bleeding disorders. Yet, not all cells are easily modified. Dr. Stefanie Novakowski’s joint 3rd place entry to our Lay Science Writing Competition explains more.
Iron deficiency in pregnancy – a matter of public health

Mardi, mai 28, 2019
Red blood cells are like delivery trucks that deliver oxygen to the vital organs in our body. Iron is the flatbed of the truck which holds the oxygen in place. Our body loses iron when we lose blood, and women are at the highest risk for low iron since blood is lost monthly during childbearing years. Dr. Heather VanderMeulen’s joint 3rd place entry to our Lay Science Writing Competition dissects these issues.
Lessons from afar: International experts share organ donation experience

Jeudi, mai 23, 2019
Canadian Blood Services’ Donation Physician Network (DPN) connects clinical care physicians and provides access to e ducational resources including webinars on leading practices, clincial case studies, literature and emerging issues. In the spirit of international collaboration, experts in organ...
Canadian Blood Services’ scientist recognized for his mentorship of graduate students

Mercredi, mai 22, 2019
Dr. Jason Acker was recently awarded the University of Alberta Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) Graduate Student Supervisor Award. We chatted to Dr. Acker to find out what this award means to him.
Writing competition runner up: Phlebotomy to improve surgical outcomes and donor blood economy – a redemption story

Mardi, mai 21, 2019
Lily Park’s entry was awarded 2nd place in our Lay Science Writing Competition. It describes research by a group at The Ottawa Hospital to improve patient outcomes following liver surgery, while reducing blood loss and the need for blood transfusion.

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