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Research

AT THE LEADING EDGE

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service uses research to develop processes and products to ensure a sustainable, safe, secure and cost-effective supply of quality blood products for Australia.

The Research and Development team at the Blood Service conducts leading-edge research in areas including:

  • engaging a sustainable pool of donors
  • monitoring threats to the blood supply, and
  • finding improved ways to process, store and distribute blood components.

We have over 60 research team members in dedicated, state-of-the-art facilities in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

Focus areas

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Donor health

Investigate ways to improve the donation experience and keep our donors happy and healthy.

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Blood safety

Identify emerging risks and develop ways to measure and control them.

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Storing blood

Explore ways to process blood more efficiently, improve storage life and reduce waste.

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Patient outcomes

Study how donor variation, blood processing and storage can improve patient outcomes.

Featured research

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Solving rare blood type mysteries

A postgraduate student project finds a new rare blood group.

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Eye drops from blood

Eye drops made from patients’ own plasma for the treatment of severe dry eye syndrome.

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Frozen blood research

Developed a process for deep-freezing blood components for Australian Defence Force.

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Donor iron levels

Researching the health effects and feasibility of iron supplements for donors.

Contact the team