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.

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March 24, 2022
Dr. Geraldine Walsh
In January 2022, Canadian Blood Services introduced pathogen-reduced platelets, a product that is manufactured using pathogen-inactivation technology, at its Ottawa production site. By effectively
March 18, 2022
Dr. Geraldine Walsh

For the 2021-2022 competition, we were delighted to once again partner with the Centre for Blood Research at the University of British Columbia and our friends at Science Borealis. This year’s

March 8, 2022
Abby Wolfe

Red cell antigen genotyping

Red cell antigen genotyping is a type of genetic testing offered through Canadian Blood Services at the National Immunohematology Reference Laboratory (NIRL). Available

January 21, 2022
Abby Wolfe
New findings from University of Toronto’s QUEST research program analyze the impact of albumin on patient outcomes after cardiac surgery, suggesting routine albumin use in this patient group may need
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