Recent Updates

Modified on: 
Dec 20, 2019

The BloodTechNet program was launched in 2011 to facilitate the development of innovative educational resources that support the Transfusion, Cellular Therapy and Transplantation communities in Canada.

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Organs and Tissues
Stem Cells
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.

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Upcoming Events

When
February 18, 2020 | 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Where

Toronto/Webinar

Presented by:

Mark Yazer, MD
Professor of Pathology, University of Pittsburgh
Visiting Professor in Pathology, Tel Aviv University
Adjunct Professor of Clinical Immunology, University of Southern Denmark
Associate Medical Director, Centralized Transfusion Service

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When
February 24, 2020 | 4:00PM to 5:00PM
Where

Webinar

February 24, 2020 – 4pm ET
Speaker: Dr. Caroline Tait
Click here to navigate to the webinar link.


The Cross-Cutting Priorities Webinar Series will launch on December 2, 2019 at 4pm ET and extend until April 20, 2020. The purpose of the webinar series is to emphasize the importance of having one or more cross-cutting priorities incorporated in research projects, and practical steps on how to do so.

Organs and Tissues
When
February 27, 2020 | 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Where

Toronto/Webinar

Details to follow.

 

Note: The session is a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

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Blog

Modified on: 
Feb 5, 2020

The 2019 Critical Care Canada Forum (CCCF) took place in Toronto Nov. 10-13. This year marked the fifth annual Deceased Organ Donation Symposium, a two-day symposium held during CCCF that promotes scientific research and discussion about organ donation and transplantation and its application to critical care practice. 

Organs and Tissues

Modified on: 
Jan 29, 2020

The 2020 competition for one of the Centre for Innovation’s most exciting and impactful research funding programs is now open. The Intramural Research Grant Program is a long-standing program that supports research to improve the safety and efficacy of blood products and the blood system in general.

Stem Cells
Transfusion

Modified on: 
Jan 22, 2020

Although it doesn’t happen often, sometimes patients will have a bad reaction during or after a blood transfusion. Surveillance systems set up to monitor the safety of the blood supply in Canada keep track of incidents like these so that issues potentially affecting patient safety can be identified. A recently published guide on reporting adverse transfusion events, available on Canadian Blood Services’ professional education website, helps make the reporting process easier to understand.

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