Research.Education.Discovery Blog

The Research.Education.Discovery blog showcases Canadian Blood Services’ work and explains the basic science behind what we do. We invite readers to explore the worlds of transfusion and transplantation science and learn more about how our research leads to improvements in everyday practices and ultimately – and most importantly – better outcomes for patients.

These R.E.D. blog posts are republished from Canadian Blood Services’ main website. See all blogs at


January 13, 2022
Dr. Geraldine Walsh

A significant step

In December 2021, Canadian Blood Services made a submission to Health Canada to focus donor screening criteria on higher-risk sexual behaviour, regardless of gender or sexuality

December 31, 2021
Catherine Lewis

As we begin a new year, look back with us at the top five blogs of 2021. Unsurprisingly, our readers were most interested in information about the COVID-19 pandemic.  

1. Why getting a COVID-19

December 21, 2021
Dr. Geraldine Walsh

Hosted by the Centre for Blood Research (CBR), the 15th Earl W. Davie Symposium in early November 2021 was the first in-person professional event I have attended since late 2019. Arriving that morning

December 16, 2021
Dr. Geraldine Walsh

During November’s Honouring Canada’s Lifeline award ceremony, three distinguished Canadian researchers were recognized with Lifetime Achievement Awards. Each a world-leading expert with numerous

November 30, 2021
Dr. Geraldine Walsh

Rising to the challenge

For Canadian Blood Services and its research and education network, the last fiscal year (April 2020 to March 2021) was marked by the continuing challenges of the COVID-19

November 30, 2021
Tricia Abe

We’re excited to launch a brand-new look for the Professional Education website, Canadian Blood Services’ resource hub for health-care professionals working in transfusion medicine or as part of the

November 12, 2021
Dr. Geraldine Walsh

Dr. Dana Devine inaugurated as AABB President

Congratulations to Dr. Dana Devine, Canadian Blood Services’ chief scientist, who was recently inaugurated as president of the Association for the

November 9, 2021
Tricia Abe

In August this year Dr. Alvin Zipursky, a Canadian physician and researcher, died at the age of 90. He was renowned for improving children’s health in Canada and around the world and made research

November 4, 2021
Dr. Geraldine Walsh

Lay Science Writing Competition launched Nov 2, 2021

Once again, Canadian Blood Services is delighted to partner with the Centre for Blood Research at the University of British Columbia to host this