Introducing our Research Ethics Board Chair!

Tuesday, January 09, 2024
or this blog, we invited Heather Sampson, the Chair of Canadian Blood Services’ Research Ethics Board, to reflect on her experience with research ethics and what she looks forward to in this role.

Top 5 R.E.D. Blog posts of 2023

Friday, December 15, 2023
Taking a look back at a few of your favourite articles of 2023 from the Research, Education, and Discovery Blog.

Integrating research and development into the Canadian blood system

Thursday, December 14, 2023
Every year Canadian Blood Services publishes a report highlighting its achievements in research and development. The Innovation & Portfolio Management Annual Impact Report, 2022 – 2023, is now available on

The Importance of the Rinseback Procedure at Canadian Blood Services

Thursday, November 23, 2023
Canadian Blood Services, in collaboration with the Biomedical Excellence for Safer Transfusion (BEST) collaborative, conducted a study to understand plateletpheresis-associated lymphopenia, a rare condition associated with platelet donation. The study found that implementing a procedure called plasma rinseback significantly mitigated the development of lymphopenia in frequent, long-term platelet donors. Canadian Blood Services routinely uses plasma rinseback, ensuring the well-being of generous platelet donors and reducing the occurrence of lymphopenia.

Canadian Blood Services social scientists attend ISBT 2023

Thursday, September 07, 2023
In this blog, Canadian Blood Services scientists Dr. Jennie Haw and Dr. Kelly Holloway reflect on their experiences presenting at the International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT) annual conference in Gothenburg, Sweden. Read on to learn more about their social science research at this international event!

ORBCoN recaps the 18th Annual Transfusion Medicine Education Workshop and Symposium

Thursday, July 13, 2023
The Ontario Regional Blood Coordinating Network (ORBCoN) and Canadian Blood Services co-hosted the 18th Annual ORBCoN/Canadian Blood Services Transfusion Education Workshop and Symposium in April 2023. Tracy Cameron, ORBCoN’s North and East Ontario regional manager, summarizes highlights from the event.

Canadian Society for Transfusion Medicine awards recognize the invaluable contributions of members of the transfusion medicine community

Tuesday, July 04, 2023
Every year the Canadian Society for Transfusion Medicine’s (CSTM) Buchanan and QuidelOrtho awards recognize the dedication and innovation of two distinguished members of the transfusion medicine community. Read about the 2023 recipients in this blog!

Diving into the deep end: My experiences as a new hire at Canadian Blood Services' Research Day

Tuesday, June 27, 2023
As a new member of the Knowledge Mobilization and Strategic Alliances (KM&SA) team, I was invited to attend Canadian Blood Services Research Day on May 25, 2023, which coincides with the Canadian Society for Transfusion Medicine (CSTM) annual conference. I share how attending this opportunity helped shape my passion for Canadian Blood Services as I planned to enter my new role as a Knowledge Broker.

Connect with Canadian Blood Services’ research and education network at our national transfusion conference!

Thursday, May 18, 2023
Preparing to attend CSTM 2023? Learn about Canadian Blood Services staff and researchers’ contributions to the scientific program and other opportunities to engage with our research and education transfusion network at the Canadian Blood Services booth!

Interactive lab tour helps undergraduate students learn from Canadian Blood Services senior scientist and team

Thursday, March 16, 2023
Students from the Undergraduate Pathology Alliance at Western University posed insightful questions to researchers during an interactive visit to the research laboratory of Dr. Donald Branch, Canadian Blood Services senior scientist in February 2023.