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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...


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Obsoleting Cholesterol Testing

May 1, 2020 11:15 am Published by Comments Off on Obsoleting Cholesterol Testing

By Tho D. Pham, MD, Chief Medical Officer For many years SBC has provided donors with a total cholesterol reading as a courtesy part of each blood donation, which has been routinely recorded on the online donor portal (sbcdonor.org). Back...