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Every drop counts: blood donors of the future

Thursday 12 March: 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Mill Lane Lecture Rooms , 8 Mill Lane, CB2 1RX

What happens when you pair innovative research with NHS Blood and Transplant policy? Professor Emanuele Di Angelantonio, Dr Lois Kim and Nick Gleadall talk about using blood samples given for research purposes to more efficiently recruit and retain blood donors; to better understand the effects on the body of frequent donation; and to more accurately identify blood type.

This research is conducted by the National Institute for Health Research BTRU in Donor Health and Genomics (www.donorhealth-btru.nihr.ac.uk), in partnership with NHS Blood and Transplant (www.nhsbt.nhs.uk; www.blood.co.uk), to advance the field of blood donor health.

Professor Di Angelantonio was appointed as Lecturer in Medical Screening in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care in 2010, where he leads the Clinical Epidemiology Team in the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit. In 2012 he established a new research group in blood donor health, capitalising on his appointment as Principal Investigator in Donor Health Research and Honorary Consultant for NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT). In 2018 he became the NHSBT Professor of Donor Health. His research interests focus on: 1. cardiovascular disease screening and risk prediction, 2. global vascular health and 3. blood donor health.

Professor Di Angelantonio is Principal Investigator of the COMPARE study, an observational study of ~30,000 donors that identified an optimum approach to screening blood donors for haemoglobin status. He is also Principal Investigator of the new STRIDES study, which aims to improve donor experiences within NHSBT.

Dr Lois Kim obtained a PhD involving building and validating a health economic decision model for screening of abdominal aortic aneurysms at the MRC Biostatistics Unit in Cambridge. She joined the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit in 2018, after working within the Primary Care Unit at Cambridge and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where she worked as a statistician on various projects in chronic kidney disease, dementia and heart disease. She is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Blood and Transplant Research Unit in Donor Health and Genomics.

Nick Gleadall is a PhD student in the Department of Haematology working at the interface of research and clinical application. He has led the design of a platform that can more accurately type blood by whole genome sequencing antigens. He is a member of the Blood Group Genotyping Consortium.

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