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Acker, Jason

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Jason Acker

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Mailing Address:

Canadian Blood Services
8249 – 114th Street
Edmonton, AB, T6G 2R8

Phone Number: 780-702-8629

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Senior Scientist
Centre for Innovation
Canadian Blood Services

Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
University of Alberta

Blood Product Manufacturing and Quality Assessment

Our group is developing new approaches for the optimal manufacturing and storage of red blood cell components.

Why is it important?

Optimizing the quality of stored red blood cells is essential to provide patients with an effective blood component. By understanding how donor factors and blood collection and manufacturing influences product quality, it allows blood operators the ability to improve the efficiency and safety of blood component manufacturing.

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Blood Cell Cryopreservation and Desiccation

Our group is interested in addressing some of the issues associated with cryopreservation and desiccation processes in the large-scale environment of a blood operator.

Why is it important?

Cryopreservation, a process whereby biological function is maintained by freezing and storing at ultra-low subzero temperatures, can be used to extend the storage time of blood cells.

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Microfluidic Devices for Blood Testing

Our group is developing novel, cost-effective, automated devices for blood testing.

Why is it important?

This new technology has the potential to change how blood operators perform tests on blood products to ensure the safety of the blood supply and reduce the costs of tests.

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Leadership Roles:

January 2016 - Current President, international Society for Cryobiology
September 2013 - Current

Associate Blood Services Member, Biomedical Excellence for Safer Transfusion (BEST) Collaborative

July 2013 - Current

Member, Editorial Board, Transfusion Medicine and Hemotherapy


Queen Elisabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal – This commemorative medal was created to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is “to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians” and was awarded to Dr. Acker to recognize his contributions to blood transfusion and blood safety through his research

January 2009 - Current

Member, Editorial Board, Biopreservation and Biobanking

January 2008 - Current

Member, Editorial Board, CryoLetters

January 2004 - Current

Member, Editorial Board, Cryobiology


  • Master in Business Administration in Technology Commercialization, University of Alberta 
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Sciences, University of Alberta 
  • Master of Science in Experimental Pathology, University of Alberta 
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Alberta