Blood Donor Studies
Set-up of Special Interest Group.
Blood donor studies are taking place in an increasing number of countries. The EBA Board acknowledged the importance of donor studies and approved the setup of Donor Topics Working Group/Special Interest Group in the Board Meeting in Zagreb, Spring 2016.
Chairs of the group are Henrik Ullum and Christian Erikstup (both Denmark), they explain the background of the initiative: "There is an increasing focus on donor health and the importance in knowing the health consequences of blood and plasma donation and ways to mitigate the potentially harmful effects, e.g. regarding iron depletion". During the last couple of years new collaborations have been initiated and recently a proposal concerning a joint effort on donor research and management with participants from most of Europe has been submitted to the COST network (COST
is the longest-running European framework supporting trans-national cooperation among researchers, engineers and scholars across Europe).
On the plans, the chairs report: "We propose to formalize the collaboration between various blood donor study groups and blood centers interested in blood donor studies by establishing the Donor SIG. To start with we approach the key COST network proposal participants and copy EBA Board members to ensure transparency and invite new members to join the group".
Those interested in joining the SIG can write to the EBA Office