About this Research Topic
Transfusion medicine is in perpetual evolution and has faced several challenges from donors screening to clinical practices through blood preparation. Nowadays, blood is mainly processed in its different components that are red blood cells, platelets, plasma and some therapeutics. This incredible story encompassing more than 100 million of donation per year worldwide saves lives. Nevertheless, the pressure in terms of efficacy, safety, blood management and cost constrains currently pushes a further evolution of transfusion medicine. Research in transfusion medicine is diverse, interdisciplinary and regularly proposes innovation from the donors to the patients along the whole transfusion chain. Each step, i.e. donors and blood collection, screening, preparation, storage, and transfusion, has been considered and the improvements are beneficial to the transfusion medicine community. They involve scientists and physicians in hematology and related pathology, basic sciences, material science, immunology, cell biology, hematopoietic stem cells and in vitro production of blood products as well as logistics, hemovigilance and regulation. The science of blood transfusion is at the heart of medicine.
The present research topic will cover all the advancements in transfusion medicine and blood, and will provide a whole picture of the current knowledge and future challenges. Moreover, the content will be useful both for undergrad or postgrad students, as well as advanced scientists and physicians.
The following topics will be included:
- History of blood transfusion
- Donors, screening and infectious markers (including demographic evolution)
- Labile blood products (red blood cells, platelets and plasma)
- New products in transfusion: synthetic cells, blood-derived products, cellular therapies
- Epidemiology of blood transfusion
- Treatment of hemopathies
All scientists and physicians involved in transfusion medicine from basic sciences to biology and medicine are welcomed to submit their contribution.
Keywords: Blood, blood products, donors, hematology, transfusion medicine
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