Lecture Series

April 18, 2018

Susan Stramer, Ph.D

Vice President, Scientific Affairs
American Red Cross

Back to the Future: A Retrospective Journey in Blood Safety

Over the past 30 years, there has been a continued progress in blood safety with respect to transmissible diseases. This lecture will describe interventions used to improve blood safety relative to existing and emerging infectious agents, as well as describe future technologies and evolving threats.

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April 19, 2017

Dennis L. Confer, MD

Chief Medical Officer, National Marrow Donor Program
Associate Scientific Director, CIBMTR®

National Marrow Donor Program and Be The Match: 30 Years Strong

Over the past 30 years, the source of cells for allogenic transplantation has evolved to improve access and outcomes for patients with a variety of malignant and non-malignant disease. This talk will review the past and current utilization of bone marrow, peripheral blood stem cells and cord blood in related and unrelated settings. The talk will also touch on implications for the role of registries and networks in meeting the needs of patients in the future.

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May 18, 2016

Louis M. Katz, MD

Chief Medical Officer
America's Blood Centers

How much safety is enough? (and who decides?)

Emerging infections have been at the center of blood safety for decades. With control of the historic risks, hepatitis viruses and HIV, we are facing different qualitative and quantitative issues, and an expanding list of agents have our attention. The agents of interest and the options for mitigation of risk will be reviewed, including pathogen reduction, which offers a proactive approach for these concerns.

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Louis Katz


May 6, 2015

Merlyn H. Sayers, MBBCh, PhD

President and Chief Executive Officer
Carter BloodCare, Bedford, Texas

Old Donors, Old Blood, Old Guidelines:
What is New?

Blood bankers, until relatively recently, were mainly concerned about transfusion transmitted infection. With improvements in test sensitivity, priorities have changed. This lecture addresses future potentials for conflict with donors, regulators, hospitals and patients.

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Merlyn Sayers


May 14, 2014

Arthur Bracey, MD

Medical Director
Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center, Houston, Texas

The Blood Interface in Cardiovascular Surgery: The Known and Unknown

Dr. Bracey reviewed blood therapy and conservation in the cardiovascular surgery setting, and discussed issues that have been solved and persisting uncertainties in need of further study.

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Arthur Bracey MD


May 14, 2013

Areyh Shander, MD

Chief of the Department of Anesthesiology,
Critical Care Medicine, Pain Management, and Hyperbaric Medicine
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, New Jersey

When Blood is Not an Option

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Areyh Shander MD


May 17, 2012

John B. Holcomb, MD, FACS

Vice Chair and Professor of Surgery,
Director of Center for Translational Injury Research
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Damage Control Resuscitation

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John B Holcomb MD FACS


May 19, 2011

Celso Bianco, MD

Executive Vice President
America's Blood Centers

Blood Transfusion: How Safe is Safe?

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Celso Bianco MD


May 20, 2010

George Garratty, PhD

FRCPath, Scientific Director, American Red Cross Blood Services, Southern California Region

"What Are Blood Groups For - Do They Play A Biological Role?"

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George Garratty Phd


May 21, 2009

Mark Popovsky, MD

"To Breathe or Not to Breathe: Pulmonary Consequences of Transfusion"

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Mark Popovsky MD


May 22, 2008

Harvey Klein, M.D.

"Pathogen Inactivation of Blood Components - the Consensus Conference and Beyond"

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Harvey Klein MD

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Blood Center News
Hospital tour highlights need

A 3-year-old girl lies in a hospital bed in the middle of the room with monitors attached to her bare chest. She’s awake, but she doesn’t lift her head as we walk into the room. Still, she follows us with her eyes. The only sound we hear from her is a small cough while a nurse comes in to check her stats.


The Blood Center teams up with Sickle Cell Association of Houston

The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center partnered with the Sickle Cell Association of Houston to host a blood drive Sept. 15 in recognition of Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month.

Blood transfusion is one treatment used to combat complications from sickle cell disease, a form of anemia most likely to affect people of African descent. Prince and her now 27-year-old daughter, Quannecia McCruse, founded the Sickle Cell Association of Houston years ago to educate and provide resources to the community.


Drive and save lives

Penny, a local teacher with some free time over the summer, has helped us kick off our new Volunteer Driver program. Are you interested in joining us in our mission to save lives? Call us at (713) 791-6262 or email volunteering@giveblood.org.

Overcoming fear: Donating blood for the first time

I’m a scaredy-cat. I readily admit it. I hate needles. That’s always been my excuse for why I don’t volunteer for anything with a needle. Flu shot? No way. Vaccines? I still remember the sheer terror I felt from them growing up. 

We are always #HoustonStrong

We never know when the next tragedy will strike, but we have to be ready when it does come. 

Meet Eden

CYPRESS – There is nothing more American than baseball and saving lives. Everyone who participates in The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center’s Home Run for Life competition will get a chance at both through June 30.


SuperMax is the hero Houston needs!

Max was born with a genetic disorder (neurofibromatosis type 1) that can cause tumors to grow on his nerve endings, and SuperMax has been his alter ego ever since. 

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center mourns Barbara Bush

Barbara Bush helped save lives in our community, and we celebrate her lifetime of accomplishments. The former First Lady set the bar high in her commitment to helping others.


Dr. Charles Drew: A Blood Banking Pioneer

Here at The Blood Center, we pride ourselves on being an organization of diversity. We work together to save and sustain lives, and we each bring a unique perspective when it comes to fulfilling our mission.

Tying the knot and saving lives

Hurricane Harvey destroyed homes, cars and many other things, but one thing it couldn’t destroy is the compassion for others in newlywed couple Gilbert and Stefanie Cruz. Gilbert and Stefanie were set to get married just a few days after Harvey passed, but due the storm’s aftermath they had to alter all of their plans on a moment’s notice.


Holiday Hugs

Our Holiday Hugs promotion is in full swing. Thanks to our volunteers coming together to attach the messages of well wishes from donors to the bears, our employees have been able to begin delivering the bears to patients at area hospitals. The process of delivering the bears is a heart-warming experience that every employee who participate really enjoys.


Blood on ambulances helps EMS agencies save more lives

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center has partnered with two local agencies providing emergency medical services to help save more lives when time is of the essence, now administering whole blood to patients on the ground.

Donor coaches hit the road sporting new look, features

In the last two years, five of The Blood Center's donor coaches have been refurbished. Find out why this is such an important process.

Circle of Life Bike Tour celebrates life

The Lone Star Circle of Life bike tour visits Texas cities to raise awareness of the need for blood, marrow, organ and tissue donations to honor those impacted by these donation types. This year’s eight-day, 600-mile tour included stops in Houston and College Station.

2017 Commit for Life Scholarship Winners

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is excited to announce the 2017 Commit for Life Scholarship recipients.

Blood Center Resources

Our mission is to partner with the community to save and sustain lives by providing a safe supply of blood, blood components and related services.

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