Recent Updates

Published: 
Aug 8, 2019
Chapter 6

All blood transfused in Canada is collected from volunteer donors. To ensure the safety of the blood products, donors are carefully screened against an extended list of eligibility criteria. In addition, the donated blood is tested to identify the donor’s blood group and to detect blood group antibodies and transfusion-transmissible pathogens. Donor eligibility criteria and testing also benefit the donors by, for example, reducing potential blood donation-related health risks.

Transfusion
Published: 
Sep 10, 2019
Chapter 7

Background

Originally all plasma fractionation products were derived from pooled human plasma. Increasingly, many plasma proteins are manufactured by biotechnology as recombinant proteins, without need for donated plasma; depending on the plasma protein product, either a recombinant or fractionated product, or both are available in Canada.

Transfusion
Modified on: 
Oct 17, 2019

We are pleased to present the seventh annual report describing transmissible blood-borne infection surveillance. High quality and timely surveillance is central to the safety of the blood supply.

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Upcoming Events

When
February 10, 2020 | 8:00AM to February 13, 2020 | 4:00PM
Where

Whistler



About the Canadian Critical Care Conference

Organs and Tissues
When
December 11, 2019 | 8:00AM to December 13, 2019 | 5:00PM
Where

San Diego, California

This is the fourth in a series of conferences entitled “Cellular Therapies and Transfusion Medicine in Trauma and Critical Care Medicine.”  It is the belief that cellular therapies, adjuncts in resuscitation and novel blood products represent critical areas in transfusion medicine that have the potential to dramatically improve outcomes in trauma patients. Previous conferences have resulted in multiple cross disciplinary collaborations and grants for pre-clinical studies and clinical trials.

Transfusion
When
December 12, 2019 | 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Where

Toronto/Webinar

Presented by:

Dr. Christine Cserti-Gadzewich
Associate Medical Director, UHN (& LMP client sites) Hospital Transfusion Services
Clinical Hematologist, UHN/MSH

Objectives:

1.   How do labs see warm autoantibodies (and see through them) to make sense of a case?
2.   How do clinicians treat the impactful (anemia-causing) warm autoantibodies?
3.   How do labs provide transfusion support for patients with warm autoantibodies?

 

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Blog

Modified on: 
Nov 28, 2019

The Centre for Innovation supports research, innovation and education in key areas in blood, plasma, stem cells, and organs and tissues. This support is in part through the many competitive funding programs centre administers. These are open to Canadian researchers interested in pursuing projects focused on Canadian Blood Services priorities. Read on to learn about the recent recipients of funding through our Postdoctoral Fellowship Program and our Blood Efficiency Accelerator Award Program.

Transfusion

Modified on: 
Nov 13, 2019

The AABB Annual Meeting is a must-attend event for those in the fields of transfusion medicine and cellular therapies. AABB 2019 took place last month in San Antonio, Texas. Canadian Blood Services trainees Dr. Narges Hadjesfandiari and Dr. Olga Mykhailova were there and report back on meeting highlights.

Stem Cells
Transfusion

Modified on: 
Nov 6, 2019

Last month, Dr. Donald Branch, a scientist at Canadian Blood Services’ Centre for Innovation and professor at the University of Toronto, received a prestigious international award honouring his more than 40 years of major contributions to transfusion medicine and hematology.

Stem Cells
Transfusion