Lecture Series

April 23, 2019 

Jay Menitove, MD

Former CEO/Mediacal Director 
Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City

U.S. Blood System: Safety, Availability, and Thoughts About the Future

Dr Jay Menitove

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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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Stramer

 

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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Confer

 

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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Lone Star Circle of Life

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League of Heroes: Heal for Real appeals to gamers

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Elephants need blood, too

At The Blood Center, we're all about saving lives — human or otherwise.  So it was a big deal to hear that we had a small part in helping save the life of a baby elephant named Joy. Joy is an Asian elephant, a species classified as endangered with only an estimated 40,000 left in the world.

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Be safe, healthy and well

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Are You All In?

Some people get starstruck when meeting famous actors, while others want athletes to sign their memorabilia. My coworkers and I get excited when we get to meet real-life superheroes — people give their time because they believe they must help others if given the opportunity.

5 reasons blood donors are the best

The generous spirit of our donors amazes me. There are countless ways to give back to your community, especially in this technological age. Google “ways to give back in the Houston area” and you’ll find long lists of the needs in society. It’s, quite frankly, overwhelming. But you, you’ve waded through all of that information to find the most selfless way to support the people around you.

Why do you give blood?

Twelve students at the Thurgood Marshal School of Law already had signed up to give blood just one hour into their blood drive. It was amazing to see the heart of this high-achieving group taking time out of their studies with just weeks left in the semester to think about others.

Becoming Wonder Woman

I am an unashamed fan of Wonder Woman. Family members reminisced about how I used to wrap a towel around my neck and run around the house singing the “Woman Woman” theme song. (No, that wasn’t a typo. My ability to get song lyrics wrong was apparent even at the young ages of 3 and 4.)

You are powerful

Do you have any idea of the unbelievable power you have?

I was excited last summer to meet Shelley and her daughter, Courtney. The two were full of laughter and fun when Shelley came into our office for a photo shoot. Shelley is one of our long-time dedicated donors. She’s got that kind of giving spirit, and we were thrilled to capture a few photos of her.

Netflix and save lives like a hero: Top 5 movie recommendations

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to help save more lives than ever in 2019. But those automated donations can take anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half. Mine, in particular, lean more toward the hour-and-a-half territory. What’s a girl to do? Watch Netflix movies and donate. And because I’m so thankful for your willingness to help us save lives, here are my top five recommendations for January.

Have you given a Holiday Hug?

One of the best parts of the Holiday Hugs tradition is reading the notes our donors write for patients in the hospital over the holidays. It’s not an easy task as each patient has his or her own individual circumstance, so we’re restricted in which cards we tie to each bear. Still, many of our donors are well up to the task.

Every day, someone’s life is being saved.

By Tammie Riley 

I learned something the other day. Every day, someone’s life is being saved. I know that seems obvious, but let that sink in. What may be a normal Thursday for most could be something completely different for someone else. And that’s exactly what happened to donor Gary Gilson. Aug. 16 was one of the most important moments in Gary’s life. Not only did he save lives that day, but someone else saved the life of his loved one, as well.

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

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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

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Dr. Charles Drew: A Blood Banking Pioneer

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Blood on ambulances helps EMS agencies save more lives

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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.

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