Canadian Blood Services announces new Dana Devine Award

Wednesday, January 24, 2024
Read about the new Canadian Blood Services Dana Devine Award program. This blog post, written by the Centre for Blood Research (CBR) includes reflections from individuals who worked with Dr. Devine.

Physician trainee promotes uptake of patient blood management in new publication

Thursday, January 18, 2024
Canadian Blood Services physician trainee Sumedha Arya describes the work behind a new publication in Transfusion, the Journal of AABB, focusing on the engagement of patients in patient blood management (PBM). This publication was the most downloaded of any PBM article in Transfusion in 2023! Read all about it – and watch the short, animated PBM video – in this blog!

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

CBR Research Day 2023: Celebrating our summer students!

Tuesday, November 28, 2023
Read about the annual Research Day event held at the Centre for Blood Research (CBR) in this blog post written by CBR summer student alumni.

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.

Centre for Blood Research PhD Candidate earns Killam Award for his work engineering platelets for improved bleeding control

Tuesday, November 14, 2023
Colton Strong’s research aims to use cutting-edge technology to genetically engineer donor platelets so that they can stop bleeding faster and create stronger clots than standard platelets.

Canadian Blood Services supporting global efforts in Transfusion Medicine education

Tuesday, October 31, 2023
In May 2023, 51 physicians and laboratory technicians from across all five provinces in Rwanda participated in-person in a 2-day Transfusion Camp Train-the-Trainer workshop to provide training on transfusion management

Success stories: Recipients of the Canadian Blood Services Graduate Fellowship Program

Thursday, October 12, 2023
In this blog, we showcase the Canadian Blood Services Graduate Fellowship Program as a platform for outstanding research and innovation in the field of blood transfusion and transplantation science. We highlight the remarkable accomplishments of current recipients, demonstrating the program's impact on healthcare. We hope to inspire potential applicants to pursue this opportunity.