Author Archives for Stanford Blood Center

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Exciting Update to Donor Loyalty Store Point Accrual

October 29, 2020 10:20 am Published by Comments Off on Exciting Update to Donor Loyalty Store Point Accrual

By Victoria Somerville, Marketing Manager Exciting news! As of August 24, we are officially able to offer our dedicated plasma and platelet donors extra points for our Donor Loyalty Store based on the amount of pints given during a single...


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The Fascinating Journey of Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells

October 29, 2020 9:37 am Published by Comments Off on The Fascinating Journey of Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells

By Lorna Tolentino, Flow Cytometry Lab Manager Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) are a category of white blood cells that are of particular interest to researchers because of their unique structure. White blood cells can be broken down into two...


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The Intricacies of Hospital and HLA Lab Communications

October 29, 2020 9:35 am Published by Comments Off on The Intricacies of Hospital and HLA Lab Communications

By Tamara Vayntrub, Project Manager, HLA Lab SBC’s Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics Laboratory (HLA Lab) is a leader in the field of transplantation and genetics. The HLA Lab supports patients by using state-of-the-art technology to perform solid organ and bone marrow...


MSM Deferral

September 16, 2020 7:38 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Explaining the MSM Deferral Due to FDA policies, men who have had sex with another man* in the past year will be deferred from donation for three months due to an increased risk of acquiring HIV infection. Note that this...


Travel

September 16, 2020 5:16 am Published by Comments Off on Travel

Anyone who has ever lived in or visited another country may have different deferral periods – this will all be reviewed in the donor screening process. Below are a few examples of common travel deferrals. If you have questions about...


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Reflections From Month Five

August 13, 2020 6:00 am Published by Comments Off on Reflections From Month Five

By Harpreet Sandhu, CEO/Executive Director While it may be hard to believe, we are now in month five of shelter in place. These past months have been anything but easy, but despite this turmoil, it is extremely heartening and inspiring...


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The History of Heart Transplants: Stanford Innovation

August 13, 2020 5:40 am Published by Comments Off on The History of Heart Transplants: Stanford Innovation

By Marcelo Fernández-Viña, PhD, D (ABHI), Medical Director of SBC’s Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics Laboratory (HLA Lab) A few months ago for national Donate Life Month, we shared information on our SBC blog (HemoBLOGin) about organ donation and the critical role...


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Supporting Research During a Pandemic

August 13, 2020 5:10 am Published by Comments Off on Supporting Research During a Pandemic

By Marino Bozic, Research Customer Relations Manager When Governor Gavin Newsom issued a shelter-in-place order for California on March 19, the Research Customer Relations department had no playbook for how to handle a research program during a pandemic. The first...


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Reflections of a COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Donor

May 6, 2020 10:30 am Published by Comments Off on Reflections of a COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Donor

By Rick Singer, guest blogger and COVID-19 convalescent plasma donor I know we’re all feeling it. I know we’re all cooped up, messed up and uptight. But I am also painfully aware that, as worn out as we all are...


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Update on COVID-19 and Blood Collection

May 1, 2020 3:44 pm Published by Comments Off on Update on COVID-19 and Blood Collection

By Harpreet Sandhu, Executive Director For the last three months or so, our world here in the Bay Area has been colored completely by COVID-19. We have all had to make adjustments, make sacrifices and work as a team to...