Stratified approaches to blood donation

This theme of research aims to make blood donation safer and more sustainable by developing personalised approaches to donation, such as tailoring the inter-donation interval to the capacity of donors to give blood safely. Whereas Theme 1 and Theme 2 will investigate aetiological relationships (the causes(s) of a disease or condition), Theme 3 will integrate multi-biomarker data to develop predictive stratified approaches to donation in order to enhance donor health while ensuring the blood supply is maintained.

Work currently being undertaken by colleagues at the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford:

  • Return behaviour of blood donors
  • Trends in the NHSBT blood donor population
  • Personalised/stratified donor interval recommendations
  • Predictors of low haemoglobin and influence on deferrals

Theme 3 is led by Dr Angela Wood, University of Cambridge.


Angela Wood
Katya Masconi
Yuejia Xu






Research staff:

  • Dr Katya Masconi


  • Tom Bolton
  • Andrew Browne
  • Yuejia Xu



Utilising data from the INTERVAL and COMPARE studies and results from Themes 1 and 2, Theme 3 will build models to help predict how often individual donors should give blood. This will ensure donor health, whilst maximising the amount and type of blood collected by NHSBT.