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Devine, Dana

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Dana Devine

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Mailing Address:

UBC - Centre for Blood Research
4 - 2350 Health Sciences Mall
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z3

Phone Number: 604-822-7270

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Chief Scientist, Canadian Blood Services

Centre for Blood Research
University of British Columbia

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
University of British Columbia

Blood Product Manufacturing and Quality Assessment

A major experimental focus in our laboratory is in the area of platelet and red blood cell concentrates. In particular, we have developed extensive expertise in basic platelet biology and biochemistry, and are applying this knowledge to improve transfusion practice.

Why is this important?

A better understanding of the effect of manufacturing procedures, donor characteristics and other factors on the quality of blood products will lead to improvements in product quality and ultimately patient care.

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Pathogen Reduction Technologies

Significant improvements over recent decades have reduced the risk of bacterial or viral contamination of blood products to very low levels. However, emerging pathogens and the detection limitations of systems to test for bacterial or viral contamination of blood products still pose a threat to our blood system. Our group is particularly interested in pathogen reduction technologies which have been developed to address these challenges.

Why is this important?

Pathogen reduction technologies (PRT) hold great promise for improving the safety of blood transfusions; however, currently increased safety comes with a tradeoff with product quality. Our research will provide information about the effects of PRT treatment to inform further development of strategies to minimize the impact of PRT on product quality.

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Leadership Roles:

2015 2015 CSTM Ortho award recognizing Dr. Devine's longstanding research career in blood products, transfusion medicine, platelet biology, complement biochemistry, and coagulation
2015 - Current

Member Research Advisory Committee, Australian Red Cross Blood Service

2015 - Current

Member Scientific Advisory Committee, Blood Systems Research Institute (San Francisco)

2012 - Current

Editor-in-chief, Vox Sanguinis


Team Co-Leader, Conventional Components area, Biomedical Excellence for Safer Transfusion (BEST) Collaborative


Chair, R&D Leaders Group, Alliance of Blood Operators


Committee member, Medical Directors Group, Alliance of Blood Operators


Section leader, Organizing Committee – State of the Science in Transfusion Medicine, March, 2015, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NIH)

2010 - Current

Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), BloodWorks Northwest

2010 - Current

Member, ‘Top Expert’ Committee, Fresenius Hemocare

2008 - 2015

Committee member, Medical Advisory Committee, American Red Cross


Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal - This commemorative medal was created to mark the fiftieth anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. In Canada, the medal was awarded to nominees who contributed to public life


Woman of Distinction Award for Science, Research & Medicine, YWCA


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Immunology,  Duke University
  • Master of Science in Biology and Marine Biology, Boston University, USA
  • Bachelor degree in Biology, Boston University, USA


Watch Dr. Devine's 2015 CSTM presentation on improving blood product quality