Canadian Blood Services delivers KnowledgeInfusion activities to disseminate research findings that are aligned with the goals of our organization in order to accelerate their uptake by the transfusion community. KnowledgeInfusion activities include Lunch&Learn webinars that are recorded and shared below. 

Extending platelet shelf life from 5 to 7 days

Three researchers present the evidence supporting the recent platelet shelf life extension and describe the effects on platelet quality, bacterial contamination and wastage. Recorded on January 18, 2018. 


"Bacterial detection in 7-day platelets: new testing algorithm"

Sandra Ramirez-Arcos, PhD, Development Scientist, Canadian Blood Services

"Research and clinical data to support 7-day platelets"

Peter Schubert, PhD, Research Associate and Manager, Canadian Blood Services

"The impact of extending platelet shelf-life on inventory"

Kristyn Reid, Graduate Student, Canadian Blood Services


Canadian Blood Services - Stem cells

Dr. Tanya Petraszko presents on the topic of hematopoietic stem cells in the context of transplantation and the role of Canadian Blood Services in collecting, testing and providing those cells to transplant centers. The content of this presentation is targeted at medical trainees.

"Canadian Blood Services - Stem cells"

Tanya Petraszko, MD, Medical Director, Canadian Blood Services


Risk-based decision-making framework

A presentation by Dr. Margaret Fearon describing how Canadian Blood Services applied the Risk-based decision-making framework for blood safety to respond to the emerging risk of Babesia microti. Recorded on February 27, 2017.

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"Risk-based decision-making analysis of Babesia microti risk to the Canadian blood supply"

Margaret Fearon, MD, Medical Director, Canadian Blood Services




June 23, 2017


2016 AABB Annual Meeting

Three presentations by Canadian Blood Services researchers that were originally presented at the 2016 AABB Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. Recorded on February 2, 2017.

"Truly innovative: non-destructive quality assessment of platelet concentrates in mini bags"

Peter Schubert, PhD, Research Associate, Canadian Blood Services




June 23, 2017



"BloodBrief: Increasing awareness to influence transfusion practice"

Cheryl Doncaster, Senior Project Manager, Utilization, Canadian Blood Services




June 23, 2017

"Bacterial attachment to apheresis and buffy coat platelet storage bags"

Maria Loza-Correa, PhD, Post-doctoral Fellow, Canadian Blood Services




June 23, 2017

Blood transfusion in Sub-Saharan Africa – challenges and opportunities

Dr. Heather Hume discusses her experiences working as a pediatric hematologist in a Ugandan hospital. Recorded on January 12, 2017.

"Blood transfusion in Sub-Saharan Africa – challenges and opportunities"

Heather Hume, MD, Clinical Professor, Université de Montréal and Visiting Professor, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda




June 23, 2017


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