National Institute for Health Research, Blood and Transplant Research Unit in Donor Health and Genomics
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Monday, 26 November 2018 13:00 - 14:00
Topic: Iron depletion in high school-age blood donors: what do we know, and what should we do about it?
Recent research shows that many blood donors have intermediate or advanced iron depletion, with the latest data indicating a greater susceptibility for iron depletion in donors 16 to 18 years old. In this talk, Dr Spencer will review the impact of blood donation on blood donor iron status, motivation for concerns in younger donors, and the operational and regulatory considerations attendant to potential mitigation measures.
Dr Bryan Spencer, American Red Cross
Dr Spencer is a research scientist with an extensive background in epidemiology / public health, infectious disease, study design, management, data analysis and blood safety issues, including in an international context.
Thursday, 13 December 2018 13:00 - 14:00
Dr Guillaume Lettre, Université de Montréal
Dr Lettre is an associate professor of medicine at the Montreal Heart Institute and the Université de Montréal. He interested in the genetics of complex traits and common diseases in humans.
Cambridge Science Festival – Written in Blood: What can blood cells tell us about health and disease?
In the UK, 1.1m people donate blood annually, directly saving lives through transfusion—but, blood can do so much more. Emanuele Di Angelantonio, Professor of Blood Donor Health, Dr Will Astle, Parsa Akbari and Lisa Schmunk discuss how blood donors contribute to the health of everyone in the population by participating in studies which link environmental and genetic factors with properties of the blood. These studies help us understand the role of blood in diseases such as heart attack and stroke. This research is conducted by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Blood and Transplant Research Unit in Donor Health and Genomics, in partnership with NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), to advance the field of blood donor health and research. A short discussion (Q&A period) will follow the talk. This talk is in partnership with the BTRU in Organ Donation and Transplantation.
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Monday, 20 May 2019 13:00 - 14:00
Dr Brian Custer, Blood Systems Research Institute
Brian Custer is the Director of Epidemiology and Policy Science at BSRI San Francisco, Vice President of Research and Scientific Affairs at BloodSystems and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine at UCSF. He conducts research on the epidemiology and health economics of the blood supply and transfusion medicine policy throughout the world, primarily focused on infectious diseases, donor health and recipient outcomes.
Friday, 21 June 2019 13:00 - 14:00
Dr Paul Auer, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Dr Auer’s primary research is focused on discovering the genetic determinants of common chronic diseases including heart disease, bleeding disorders, type II diabetes, stroke and colorectal cancer. Specifically, he develops and implements statistical and computational tools for analysing genetic data from large US health studies. He is currently studying the extent to which rare genetic variation influences disease risk in diverse US populations.
Saturday, 13 October 2018 10:00 - 16:00
BTRU Past Event
Hills Road Sixth Form College – Big Biology Day
The Blood and Transplant Research Unit (BTRU) in Donor Health and Genomics is dedicated to discoveries and advances in the field of blood research. Join us at Hills Road Sixth Form College to find out about blood groups, the blood donation process and what we’re learning to benefit the health of the UK population. We will be exhibiting with the BTRU in Organ Donation and Transplantation.
Big Biology Day (BBD) Cambridge is one of the biggest, free biology public engagements events in the country. It brings together the Cambridge biology community and national biology organisations to engage the public in our subject. Big Biology Day