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Optimizing donor screening and eligibility for gbMSM and trans donors: Assessing current donors' perceptions of alternative screening questions

Jennie Haw

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An association between recent donor influenza vaccination and unconfirmed repeat-reactive syphilis serology test results: 2017-2020

Steven Drews

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Implementing PRT Platelets: Impact on Production and Inventory

John Blake

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Antibacterial Activity of a SiO2 Nanoparticle Coating to Improve Blood Product Safety

Sahra Fonseca

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Evaluation of the quality of granulocyte concentrates collected for transfusion of neutropenic patients

Andrea Murru

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Anti-Ina Implicated in Hemolytic Disease of the Fetus and Newborn in an Indigenous Woman

Lhevinne Ciurcovich

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A Case of Mistaken B: Discovery and Evaluation of a Donor Abo Mistype 

Heather Purcell

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Building Evidence for Transfusion Practice: Infusion Sets and Bacterial Adhesion/Growth

Donna Ledingham

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High prevalence of weak D type 42 in a large-scale RHD genotyping program in the province of Quebec (Canada)

Gabriel Andre Leiva-Torres

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A Study on Phenotype Frequencies and The Geographical Distribution of Canadian Blood Services Donors of Indigenous Ethnicity

Celina  Montemayor-Garcia

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New Stem Cell Agonist Cocktail Raises the Expansion of Hematopoietic Stem Cells

Javed Manesia

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Cryopreserved RCCs Exposed to Transient Warming Events Experience Rapid Warming Rates

Carly Olafson

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Performance Evaluation of a Non-Destructive Quality Control Technology for Red Blood Cell Concentrates

Danny Brouard

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Infusion Pump Related Hemolysis

Narges Hadjesfandiari

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A Case of ABO Chimerism in a Perinatal Patient

Lhevinne Ciurcovich

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Comparison of Manual SIAT vs Automated Solid Phase Methodology for Perinatal Antibody Titration

Lhevinne Ciurcovich

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The IgG Fc Region Is Essential For Monoclonal Antibodies To Induce Antibody-Mediated Immune Suppression

Yoelys Cruz Leal

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Red Blood Cell Heterogeneity Defines Storage Lesion Outcomes

Olga Mykhailova

38

In Vitro Characterization and Metabolomic Analysis of Cold-Stored Platelets

Han Qi Zhao

39

Assessment of the impact of cannabis use on the quality of blood components

Lionel Loubaki

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Plasma transfusion or plasma protein product administration restores hemostasis in a mouse model of hemorrhagic shock

William Sheffield

41

Men who have Sex with Men (MSM): Are alternative donor screening questions feasible?

Sheila O'Brien

42

A sensitive flow cytometric method of determining the percentage of CD71+ erythroid cells in whole blood

Wenhui Li

43

CPP: A DMSO-free cryosolution for cord blood grafts

Richa Kaushal

44

Feasibility of implementing alternative criteria for source plasma donation in Canada by gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (gbMSM) from the perspective of donor centre staff

Terrie Butler-Foster

45

Non-Destructive Quality Control Sterility Testing For Red Blood Cell Concentrates (RCCs)

Sandra Ramirez-Arcos

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Enhanced biofilm formation and capsule biosynthesis of Staphylococcus aureus grown in platelet concentrates revealed by transcriptome analysis

Basit Yousef

20. Optimizing donor screening and eligibility for gbMSM and trans donors: Assessing current donors' perceptions of alternative screening questions

Presenter: Jennie Haw

Dr. Jennie Haw is a Scientist in the Centre for Innovation at Canadian Blood Services and Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Carleton University. She is a sociologist with specialization in donation studies, health and health systems, and qualitative methodologies.


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21. An association between recent donor influenza vaccination and unconfirmed repeat-reactive syphilis serology test results: 2017-2020

Presenter: Steven Drews

Steven J. Drews, Ph.D., F.C.C.M., D(ABMM), Clinical Microbiologist, Associate Director, Canadian Blood Services. Steve completed his Ph.D. in 2003 at the University of British Columbia, in Experimental Medicine (Infectious Diseases). He then completed his Clinical Microbiology Fellowship at the University of Toronto. Steve currently heads the Medical Microbiology Laboratories at Canadian Blood Services, where he provides guidance on transmissible diseases testing, microbiology and infectious diseases issues Steve is currently an Associate Professor in Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the University of Alberta Edmonton, Canada.

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22.  Implementing PRT Platelets: Impact on Production and Inventory


Presenter: John Blake

John Blake is an Associate Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering at Dalhousie University. Since 2011 John has been seconded to Canadian Blood Services where he acts as a research engineer and staff scientist.

John lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada with his 13-year old son James and a lazy tuxedo cat, named Mittens.  John is an avid (if slow) runner.  John and James are both active in Scouting and can occasionally be found camping in a snow drift.

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23. Antibacterial Activity of a SiO2 Nanoparticle Coating to Improve Blood Product Safety
 

Presenter: Sahra Fonesca

Sahra Fonseca is a Master's student in biochemistry at Laval University. She carried out the project at Héma-Québec.



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24. Evaluation of the quality of granulocyte concentrates collected for transfusion of neutropenic patients

Presenter: Andréa Murru

Je suis originaire de France et me suis établie à Québec en 2015 avant d’intégrer le programme de baccalauréat en Sciences Cliniques et Biomédicales de l’Université Laval que j’ai obtenu en 2019. Je continue actuellement ma maîtrise en Sciences Cliniques et Biomédicales sous la direction de Dre Maria J. Fernandes, chercheuse au centre de recherche du CHU de l’Université Laval et la co-direction de Dre Mélissa Girard, chercheuse à Héma-Québec. Au cours de mes différents stage en laboratoire j’ai développé mon intérêt pour le domaine de l’immunologie et de la thérapie cellulaire que je continu à nourrir tout au long de mes études graduées. 


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25. Anti-Ina Implicated in Hemolytic Disease of the Fetus and Newborn in an Indigenous Woman

Presenter: Lhevinne Ciurcovich

Lhevinne Ciurcovich is the Manager for the Canadian Blood Services Diagnostic Services Laboratories in Vancouver and Edmonton. Since graduating as a laboratory technologist, she has been fortunate enough to work in her favourite field of Transfusion Medicine for over 30 years.


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26. A Case of Mistaken B: Discovery and Evaluation of a Donor Abo Mistype



Presenter: Heather Purcell

Heather Purcell is a Technical Supervisor - Blood Group Serology in Donor Testing at Canadian Blood Services in Calgary, Alberta. She has been in a myriad of roles at Canadian Blood Services since graduating from Medical Laboratory Technology at NAIT in 2011.

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27. Building Evidence for Transfusion Practice: Infusion Sets and Bacterial Adhesion/Growth
   

Presenter: Donna Ledingham

Dr. Ledingham is a pathologist with a specialty in blood and bone marrow.  She works for the Saskatchewan Health Authority in the Regina Area Laboratory and is also an Assistant Professor with the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Saskatchewan.  She has an interest in optimizing use of health care resources and providing quality laboratory service to rural and remote populations. 


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28. High prevalence of weak D type 42 in a large-scale RHD genotyping program in the province of Quebec (Canada)


Presenter: Gabriel André Leiva

Gabriel André Leiva-Torres is a Medical Laboratory Scientist at the Héma-Québec Reference Laboratory. He specializes in the genetic and immunological analysis of complex cases from patients and donors.



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29. A Study on Phenotype Frequencies and The Geographical Distribution of Canadian Blood Services Donors of Indigenous Ethnicity


Presenter: Celina Montemayor

Dr. Montemayor is a Medical Officer in the Centre for Innovation at Canadian Blood Services. Her main clinical and research interest is the application of genomics and bioinformatics into the field of immunohematology. 

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30. New Stem Cell Agonist Cocktail Raises the Expansion of Hematopoietic Stem Cells

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Presenter: Javed Manesia

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31. Cryopreserved RCCs Exposed to Transient Warming Events Experience Rapid Warming Rates

Presenter: Carly Olafson

Carly Olafson is a Research Assistant for the Centre for Innovation at Canadian Blood Services in Edmonton, Alberta. She earned her BSc in Chemistry from the University of Alberta, Augustana Campus. Her research interests include blood cell cryopreservation and, manufacturing and quality assessment of blood products.

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32. Performance Evaluation of a Non-Destructive Quality Control Technology for Red Blood Cell Concentrates
 

Presenter: Danny Brouard

Danny Brouard obtained his PhD in chemistry/biophotonics in 2012 at Université Laval, Québec. He pursued his academic training by completing a two-year postdoc in research and development at Hema‑Quebec working on the design of a nanoparticular biosensor for PCR-free blood genotyping applications. He is currently a research scientist in the Medical Affairs and Innovation Vice‑Presidency. He is an associate professor in the chemistry department at Université Laval and his work focuses on optimizing blood processing processes and the quality/safety of blood products. His research interests focus on the development of bioanalytical methods and the implementation of innovative technologies in blood bank operations.


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33. Infusion Pump Related Hemolysis
Presenter: Narges Hadjesfandiari

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34. A Case of ABO Chimerism in a Perinatal Patient

Presenter: Lhevinne Ciurcovich

Lhevinne Ciurcovich is the Manager for the Canadian Blood Services Diagnostic Services Laboratories in Vancouver and Edmonton. Since graduating as a laboratory technologist, she has been fortunate enough to work in her favourite field of Transfusion Medicine for over 30 years.


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35. Comparison of Manual SIAT vs Automated Solid Phase Methodology for Perinatal Antibody Titration

Presenter: Lhevinne Ciurcovich

Lhevinne Ciurcovich is the Manager for the Canadian Blood Services Diagnostic Services Laboratories in Vancouver and Edmonton. Since graduating as a laboratory technologist, she has been fortunate enough to work in her favourite field of Transfusion Medicine for over 30 years.


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36.  The IgG Fc Region Is Essential For Monoclonal Antibodies To Induce Antibody-Mediated Immune Suppression

Presenter: Yoelys Cruz Leal

Dr. Yoelys Cruz Leal is a Bachelor in Microbiology who graduated from the Faculty of Biology at the University of Havana (UofH) with summa cum laude. She also obtained her Ph.D. in Molecular Biosciences in the Center for Protein Studies (CEP) at UofH; her research work focused on the B1 cell's contribution to the adjuvant properties of liposomes. Currently, her research focuses on elucidating the mechanisms through which different antibodies induce antibody-mediated immune suppression (AMIS) to erythrocyte alloimmunization. Enhancing AMIS knowledge is a crucial step in designing a replacement for polyclonal antibodies against the RhD antigen, a.k.a. anti-D, which is currently the only available therapeutic for hemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn (HDFN). Dr. Cruz-Leal has published 15 papers in peer-reviewed journals within the Immunology and Transfusion Medicine field. She has won multiple national and international awards. Currently, she is also a recipient of a CBS postdoctoral fellowship.


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37. Red Blood Cell Heterogeneity Defines Storage Lesion Outcomes


Presenter: Olga Mykhailova

Dr. Olga Mykhailova, Ph. D., Postdoctoral Fellow of Centre for Innovation, Canadian Blood Services. Dr. Mykhailova earned her Ph. D. in Cryobiology from the Institute for Problems of Cryobiology and Cryomedicine of the NAS of Ukraine. She worked as a Senior Researcher (IPC&C NAS of Ukraine) and Associate Professor (Kharkiv National University) before accepting in the Postdoctoral Fellowship program at the Centre for Innovation, Canadian Blood Services. Her research interests include blood preservation, cellular senescence and apoptosis, cell viability, and oxidative stress.


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38. In Vitro Characterization and Metabolomic Analysis of Cold-Stored Platelets

Presenter: Hanqi Zhao

Hanqi Zhao is a PhD Candidate in the department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at University of British Columbia. Supervisor: Dr. Dana Devine. He completed his MSc at the department of Experimental Medicine, University of British Columbia. H.BSc completed at the University of Toronto specialization in Immunology.


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39. Assessment of the impact of cannabis use on the quality of blood components


Presenter: Lionel Loubaki

Dr. Lionel Loubaki is a research scientist at Héma-Québec. He has a Ph.D in Microbiology-Immunology obtained from Laval University. My current research interests revolve around developing new strategies to improve cord blood Hematopoietic Stem Cells engraftment and evaluating the impact of cannabis use on blood products.


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40. Plasma transfusion or plasma protein product administration restores hemostasis in a mouse model of hemorrhagic shock

Presenter: William Sheffield

Dr. William Sheffield completed his doctoral degree in Biochemistry at McGill University in 1989.  Dr. Sheffield joined the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster in 1992, where he is currently a full Professor in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine.  His research centres on plasma and plasma proteins, including engineered coagulation factors and serpins, and in vitro and in vivo assessments of transfusable plasma and plasma replacement products.  Dr. Sheffield has been part of the scientific staff of Canadian Blood Services and its predecessor for over thirty years, and is currently Associate Director, Research, in the Centre for Innovation of Canadian Blood Services.


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41. Men who have Sex with Men (MSM): Are alternative donor screening questions feasible?

Presenter: Sheila O'Brien

Dr. Sheila O’Brien is the Associate Director of Epidemiology and Surveillance at Canadian Blood Services for over 20 years. She completed her PhD at the University of Western Australia before completing post-doctoral studies at the University of Alberta. Her current work focuses on the safety of the blood supply and blood donor policy, as well as SARS-CoV-2 seroprevalence.


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42. A sensitive flow cytometric method of determining the percentage of CD71+ erythroid cells in whole blood

Presenter: Wenhui Li

Bio


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43. CPP: A DMSO-free cryosolution for cord blood grafts

Presenter: Richa Kaushal

Bio


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44. Feasibility of implementing alternative criteria for source plasma donation in Canada by gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (gbMSM) from the perspective of donor centre staff
 


Presenter: Terrie Butler-Foster

Terrie is a Medical Services Registered Nurse at Canadian Blood Services. She is also a nurse researcher and student at the University of Western Ontario, completing a Master of Science in Nursing degree, with a focus in Leadership in Health Services Delivery. Terrie’s research interests include understanding and enhancing blood donor well-being especially for marginalized groups of individuals. She is also interested in altruistic blood donor behaviour and how this applies to plasma donation specifically.



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45. Non-Destructive Quality Control Sterility Testing For Red Blood Cell Concentrates (RCCs)

Presenter: Sandra Ramirez-Arcos

Dr. Sandra Ramirez-Arcos trained as a microbiologist in her native Colombia and then conducted PhD studies in Biological Sciences in Spain. From 1998 to 2002, Dr. Ramirez did her post-doctoral training and worked as a research associate at the University of Ottawa. Since 2003, she has worked at Canadian Blood Services where she currently holds a Senior Scientist position.  Dr. Ramirez is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Ramirez has built a strong team with expertise on bloodborne bacteria. Her research projects are focused on understanding bacterial growth dynamics during blood component storage. Her laboratory oversees the development, validation and implementation of protocols and processes aimed at enhancing blood component safety.


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46. Enhanced biofilm formation and capsule biosynthesis of Staphylococcus aureus grown in platelet concentrates revealed by transcriptome analysis 

Presenter: Basit Yousef

Dr. Yousuf is a molecular microbiologist and currently holds a postdoctoral position in Dr. Sandra Ramirez’ lab at Canadian Blood Services. His research is focused on “Elucidating the molecular mechanism (s) of Staphylococcus aureus virulence regulation in platelet concentrates”.


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