Applied Diagnostics & Technical Advancement

Applied Diagnostics & Technical Advancement

Our ambition is to ensure we are at the forefront of technological and research advancements by harnessing the scientific capabilities within the laboratory and driving peer-review publication of laboratory developments

Scientific Support & Component Development

The SSCD team have a special interest in new and emerging technologies in the world of blood transfusion. They strive to provide world class products and services through continuous improvement with a strong focus on patient safety. They ensure all equipment, procedures and materials used to process blood products have been validated and meet both internal and external standards of safety and efficacy, and provide round the clock services to our hospitals, issuing products and advice 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  This team of Scientists are focused on providing scientific input to the Production, quality control and Platelet Apheresis departments, ensuring that all our products meet the highest quality standards. 

Key Findings

PhD project: Characterisation of Platelet-Derived Extracellular Vesicles

The factors that influence the quality of blood components are incompletely understood, leading to waste and sub-optimal clinical outcomes. This project aims to answer the following research question:

"What are the molecular changes that occur in platelet-pack associated extracellular vesicles, and how can these be exploited to improve platelet quality and reduce waste?"
  • Define the physical, biochemical and functional changes that occur to platelet-derived extracellular vesicles (PEV) during the preparation, processing and storage of donated blood.
  • Develop models to more accurately predict a donor-associated lifespan of blood products supporting platelet component preservation.

    On-going Research 

    • Evaluation of Whole Blood as an alternative and effective transfusion product for certain patients or in specific circumstance.
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