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. 

Better support for families of organ donors – 20 suggestions for improvement

Tuesday, August 23, 2022
The experiences of family members of deceased organ donors and suggestions to improve the organ donation process: a qualitative study was published August 8, 2022 in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. The SHARE study is a qualitative investigation of the experiences and perspectives of family surrogates of ICU patients who underwent organ donation decisions. New research in the CMAJ provides 20 suggestions from family members on how to improve support for grieving loved ones

Organ donation after circulatory death (DCD) e-learning module now available

Tuesday, July 21, 2020
The third module of Canadian Clinical Guide to Organ Donation just launched.

Highlights from the 2019 Critical Care Canada Forum

Thursday, February 06, 2020
The 2019 Critical Care Canada Forum (CCCF) took place in Toronto Nov. 10-13. This year marked the fifth annual Deceased Organ Donation Symposium, a two-day symposium held during CCCF that promotes scientific research and discussion about organ donation and transplantation and its application to critical care practice.

Memories of CST 2019

Thursday, October 24, 2019
The 2019 Canadian Transplant Summit took place Oct. 15-19 in iconic Banff, Alta. This annual event is a unique opportunity to bring together medical professionals, scientists, patients and stakeholders of all interests in organ donation and transplantation from across Canada.

The 2019 Critical Care Canada Forum hosts fifth annual Deceased Organ Donation Symposium

Tuesday, October 08, 2019
This year marks the fifth annual Deceased Organ Donation Symposium at the Critical Care Canada Forum in Toronto. This two-day symposium held Nov. 11–12, 2019 promotes scientific research in organ donation and transplantation and its application to critical care practice.

Organ and tissue donation by those who choose medical assistance in dying: new guidance for professionals

Tuesday, June 25, 2019
A new publication in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) aims to help health care teams navigate clinical issues surrounding organ and tissue donation by patients who choose to donate after medical assistance in dying (MAID) or withdrawal of life-sustaining measures. In collaboration with the Canadian Critical Care Society, the Canadian Society of Transplantation, and the Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses, Canadian Blood Services brought together medical, legal and ethics experts to inform this work, as well as patient partners who brought unique perspectives and thoughtful

Recordings from the CCCF 2018 Deceased Donation Scientific Symposium now available online

Wednesday, May 08, 2019
Canadian Blood Services, Trillium Gift of Life Network and the Canadian Donation and Transplantation Research Program partnered to host the Deceased Organ Donation Symposium that took place at the Critical Care Canada Forum (CCCF) on November 7 – 8, 2018. The CCCF is a national forum attended by hundreds of health care professionals, primarily physicians, working in critical care. The Deceased Organ Donation Symposium is an opportunity for these health care professionals to engage in discussions about relevant and emerging topics in deceased donation. A key event at the symposium was the

Expert guidance seeks to improve identification of potential organ donors

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Collaboration leads to publication dedicated to supporting the critical care community in donor identification and referral allowing more potential organ donors to save lives, and more donor families to fulfill their loved one’s wishes

National organ sharing leads to 500 kidney transplants for highly sensitized patients

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Five hundred kidney transplants made possible through national highly sensitized patient program

Looking back on 2018: Top-five most-read stories from the RED blog

Tuesday, January 01, 2019
As the year comes to a close and 2019 is set to begin, we take a moment to reflect on the 2018 articles that were among the most popular.