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


June 24, 2021
Jessica Cunha
A woman with long brown hair, gold-rimmed glasses and a denim shirt stands on a roadway lined with greenery and brick buildings.
Dr. Catherine Jenkins


Editor’s note: this story and the details shared are with the

June 4, 2021
Canadian Blood Services trainees

This post was written by Dr. Mona Khorshidfar and Wayne Zhao, both of whom are members of Dr. Dana Devine’s laboratory at the Centre for Blood Research. The post was originally published on the Centre

May 25, 2021
Dr. Geraldine Walsh

As SARS-CoV-2 was emerging in early 2020, Canadian Blood Services and other blood operators were unsure how their operations and the blood supply would be affected. Now, over a year since the COVID-19

May 13, 2021
Dr. Geraldine Walsh

Through the Centre for Innovation’s competitive funding programs, Canadian Blood Services conducts and supports researchers and research projects in key areas. Recipients for one of our most dynamic

April 27, 2021
Jessica Cunha
Organ donation coordinators endure high rates of burnout. Canadian Blood Services and CHEO aim to change that.

Before Ken Lotherington joined the organ and tissue donation and transplantation (OTDT)

April 15, 2021
Guest Author

This is an edited repost of a profile written by Andy An, MD/PhD student in the Hancock Lab and Cecilia H. Kim, CBR-SBME Summer Studentship Program alumna. The original article can be found on the Cen

April 9, 2021
Guest Author
By Dr. Donald Branch and Dr. Jacob Pendergrast

Dr. Donald Branch is Senior Scientist, Canadian Blood Services Centre for Innovation, and Professor in Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Jacob

April 6, 2021
Dr. Geraldine Walsh
Nominations open for Canadian Blood Services Lifetime Achievement Award. Deadline May 7, 2021.

The Canadian Blood Services Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals whose

March 26, 2021
Tricia Abe

We need platelets to perform vital functions in our bodies: they help heal our wounds and prevent us from bleeding excessively. We also need a certain number of them—what’s referred to as our platelet