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Welcome to R.E.D.

Monday, February 8, 2016 Jenny Ryan

A research, education. and discovery blog

Did you know that we do research? Quite a lot of it, in fact. 

Last year, our research teams, working in our labs across Canada, published 250+ scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and presented 200+ posters or talks at major national and international conferences. Their discoveries have contributed to major advances in transfusion and transplantation medicine.

It’s time we told these stories and introduced you to the fascinating people and places behind our research in blood science and transfusion medicine, cellular therapies (in particular blood stem cells) as well as organ and tissue transplantation.  


From left to right (top) Dr. Margaret Fearon, Dr. Sandra Ramirez, Dr. Nicolas Pinneault, Dr. Heyu Ni, Dr. Dana Devine, (bottom) Dr. Kathryn Tinckam, Dr. Alan Lazarus, Dr. William Sheffield, Dr. Shelia O'Brien, Dr. Jason Acker

R.E.D. is an experiment in knowledge and innovation sharing and a work in progress. It’s a showcase of our work as well as the basic science behind what we do. Here, we’ll aim to educate, entertain and excite our readers about transfusion and transplantation science and how our research leads to improved everyday practices and ultimately – and most importantly – better outcomes for patients. 

Expect a variety of voices and media, from seasoned science writers to scientists-in-training and from infographics to feature articles, as well as podcasts and video. We’ll experiment with new techniques and we’ll look forward to your feedback.

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Canadian Blood Services – Driving world-class innovation

Through discovery, development and applied research, Canadian Blood Services drives world-class innovation in blood transfusion, cellular therapy and transplantation—bringing clarity and insight to an increasingly complex healthcare future. Our dedicated research team and extended network of partners engage in exploratory and applied research to create new knowledge, inform and enhance best practices, contribute to the development of new services and technologies, and build capacity through training and collaboration.


Original content on R.E.D. will fall under a creative commons CC BY license, so we invite you to take it and republish it (with attribution and, preferably, link back to the source). 

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Jenny Ryan

Jenny Ryan

Jenny is the Science Communications Specialist at Canadian Blood Services working out of head office in Ottawa. She works closely with the Medical Affairs and Innovation division to interpret and showcase new research and discovery in transfusion and transplantation science. 

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I'm looking forward to this blog! I have a question that could potentially be answered on the blog. I was asked a question by a donor that I didn't know the answer to. If stem cells can be frozen for an indefinite amount of time with no harm to the cells' quality, why can't we do that with all our other products the same way?

Great question and an excellent blog post topic. Stay tuned for an answer...