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Mathematical modeling - comparing HIV risk between MSM donation strategies

Principal Investigator / Supervisor: 
O'BRIEN, Sheila
Co-Investigator(s) / Trainee: 
GRÉGOIRE, Yves
SEED, Clive
CUSTER, Brian
STEELE, Whitney
DAVISON, Katy
PILLONEL, Josiane
Institution: 
Canadian Blood Services
Province: 
Ontario
Project Start Date: 
January 1, 2018
Project End Date: 
December 31, 2018
Summary: 
Mathematical models to estimate risk was one of the research priorities of the MSM Research Grant Program. The goal of this project is to estimate the risk of an HIV infectious unit of blood being released for transfusion for different posible donor deferral policies that would permit MSM to donate blood. An international team of experts in mathematical modelling will refine a model that was previously developed by a team for time based MSM deferrals. The team will draw upon current research data as well as new data arising the MSM Research Grant Program as a basis for the estimates. By comparing the risk of various possible deferral policies, informed decisions can be made as to which policy would permit MSM to donate blood without compromising recipient safety.
Total Amount Awarded: 
$18,000
Program: 
MSM Research Grant Program

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