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Looking back on 2017: Research highlights

Monday, January 1, 2018 Jenny Ryan

In 2017, we published numerous research stories, here are a few of our favourites. 

Natural killers: when cells go wrong — New research reveals insights into causes of FNAIT

FNAITA new study by Centre for Innovation scientist Dr. Heyu Ni and his research team at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto reveals insights into causes of miscarriage for some women... Read more


Calculating impacts of change

calculating changeOur in-house engineer, John Blake, did some nifty number crunching and estimated that an eligibility change would mean about 35,000 fewer donations collected in a year — hence a push for new donors to step forward to help fill the gap...Read more 


Developing safer drugs for heart attack and stroke patients

medicineResearchers at Canadian Blood Services are working on developing new drugs that don’t have these side effects but still provide effective treatment.  Two of our research projects are highlighted... Read more


International researchers collaborate to understand trends in blood product use

O Positive Blood CollectionResearchers at our Centre for Innovation are working with international colleagues to better understand the patterns of red blood cell distribution and use. Studies like these can help inform health-care providers worldwide about the optimal donor collection strategy and the distribution and use of O-negative blood products, reducing the risk of shortages in the future... Read more


Unique fellowship brings academic expertise to an organizational challenge

mother and babyDr. Jennie Haw, a sociologist whose dissertation was on private cord blood banking in Canada, has just begun a two-year CIHR Health System Impact Fellowship (HSIF) at Canadian Blood Services... Read more


Thanks for reading! Please join us in 2018 for even more research, education and discovery stories. Let us know what you'd like to read about in the comments below. 

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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.

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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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