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Donate Blood and Help Shelter Animals!

Everyone knows December is the season of giving, but the needs of our community extend past the holiday season. This January, you can help save patients and pets; January 1 – 31 donate blood and help shelter animals at Humane Society Silicon Valley. At Stanford Blood Center (SBC), we know how lucky we are to have…

Help Spread the Word About Blood Donation

Our generous donors and community members often ask how they can support our efforts in times of need, or help to raise awareness about blood donation in general. Now you can help us encourage your closest friends and family to become donors just like you! Check out our social media toolkit, where you can download...

Blood Products for Research: Participate in SBC’s Genetic Sequencing Study

In addition to providing blood products for local patients, Stanford Blood Center is committed to providing blood products for research. Researchers use these products to make breakthrough discoveries and help the patients of tomorrow. One way we are doing this is through our Genetic Sequencing Study. Genetic sequencing ­– which means reading sequences of DNA, the…

Primary Cells Product Offerings at SBC Help Further Scientific Research

In addition to providing blood products to use for transfusion and transplants, Stanford Blood Center (SBC) also collects blood products that play a major role in advancing medicine through research. Unlike most blood centers, we use every single part of your donation, including parts of your blood that might not be directly transfused into a…

Next Generation Sequencing – Ushering in a New Era of HLA Typing

As most of you know, in addition to providing lifesaving blood products for local patients, Stanford Blood Center is deeply committed to research initiatives to help the patients of tomorrow. On the forefront of much of this research is our Histocompatability, Immunogentics, and Disease Profiling Lab (the HLA Lab), who focuses on histocompatibility and genetic testing…

Stanford Blood Center Officially Opens South Bay Donor Center

Did you know that nearly 75% of our donors live in the South Bay? In an effort to make blood donation as easy and convenient as possible for all of our donors, we are excited to announce that our newest blood donation center location has officially opened in Campbell! It has been quite a journey...

Seeking Donors with a Rare Blood Type to Support Young Zanaib

Stanford Blood Center (SBC) has been asked by a sister blood center in Florida to help support a two-year-old girl with an extremely rare blood type. Zanaib has a form of cancer that has required several rounds of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. She now requires a rare type of blood that is negative…

The Technology Behind Blood Donation

Think about the last time you gave blood. Did you notice all the complicated-looking machines throughout donor center? We’re sure most of you have, so we thought we’d share a bit about what each of them do (including some of the cool ones you don’t get to see). Keep reading for a glimpse at the…

Can two Rh-positive parents have an Rh-negative child?

Your Rh status (positive or negative) is determined by an antigen found on your red blood cells (RBCs). Being Rh-positive or Rh-negative means that either you have the Rhesus D antigen on your RBCs (positive) or you don’t (negative). Rh status is inherited from our parents, separately from our blood type. If you inherit the…

Can You Help End Childhood Cancer?

Every year, 15,780 children in the United States are diagnosed with cancer. In fact, according to Children’s Cancer Research Fund, each day, 43 families in the United States will hear that their child has cancer. That’s why we observe September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month – to increase awareness for types of cancer that affect…

Welcome Health Trust: Our Newest Donate Your Points Back Partner

SBC is proud to announce our newest Donate Your Points Back partner, Health Trust! Health Trust provides quality and culturally competent services that meet the health needs of many low-income individuals in Santa Clara and northern San Benito counties.

Get to Know Our Newest Medical Director: Dr. Suchi Pandey

This July, Stanford Blood Center was honored to have Dr. Suchitra (Suchi) Pandey join us as our newest Medical Director. Her responsibilities include providing medical support to blood center staff, management of blood donor medical issues, development of Blood Center medical policy, oversight of blood center operations, consultation with Stanford Hospital for patient management, and…