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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April 25, 2023
Amanda Nowry

Pathogen-reduced platelets are one of the newest blood components manufactured by Canadian Blood Services. Pathogen-reduced platelets, also known as pooled platelets psoralen-treated or “PPPT”, were

April 20, 2023
Dr. Peter Bell

Our partnership with the Centre for Blood Research (CBR) at the University of British Columbia is helping to train the next generation of researchers in transfusion science. This blog post highlights

April 11, 2023
Ross FitzGerald

When an organ donation opportunity from a patient and their family is missed, there are life-threatening consequences for people waiting for a transplant. In 2018 alone, 223 Canadians died waiting for

March 28, 2023
Aldis Brennan

Dr. Donald Branch, Canadian Blood Services senior scientist, has received four awards from the Association for the Advancement of Blood & Biotherapies (AABB) but his most recent honour as a recipient

March 21, 2023
Elyn Rowe

Elyn Rowe, a PhD student with Dr. Dana Devine at CBR was awarded first prize in Canadian Blood Services’ Research 180 Video Competition for creating an original video that showcases her research

March 16, 2023
Beth Binnington, Senior Research Assistant

Beth Binnington is an assistant senior researcher in the Toronto lab of Dr. Donald Branch. Beth manages the lab, trains new graduate students, and performs research. 

Dr. Ruqayyah Almizraq

March 2, 2023
Cathy Jones

Until May 8, 2023, there is an open call for nominations for Canadian Blood Services Lifetime Achievement Award 2023. Recipients of the Canadian Blood Services Lifetime Achievement Awards are

February 23, 2023
Harley Meirovich

Harley Meirovich is a clinical research coordinator in transfusion medicine at Sunnybrook Research Institute in Toronto and is a member of the University of Toronto QUEST transfusion research program

February 21, 2023
Dr. Nadia Gabarin

Dr. Nadia Gabarin is completing her transfusion medicine traineeship, supported by the Canadian Blood Services Elianna Saidenberg Transfusion Medicine Traineeship Award Program.

Two new research