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Transfusion medicine

Transfusion medicine comprises the field of medical science regarding blood transfusion and related areas. As a science discipline it covers a diverse range of topics including, for example, the demography of blood donors, safety of blood donation, the manufacture and storage of blood components, the use and development of blood establishment IT, patient blood management, and the optimum use, the effects and complications of transfusion of blood products.
On the laboratory side, transfusion medicine deals with the science of blood group serology, blood group genetics and the red cell and platelet immunology of pregnancy, fetus and the newborn.
In KIA we have an established group engaged in research in some of the many aspects of transfusion medicine. The group works in close collaboration with KIAs adjunct professor, Mark Harris Yazer from the University of Pittsburgh. Over the years, the group has collaborated with research groups in other countries, such as New York Blood Center and the International Blood Group Reference Laboratory in Bristol.


Principal investigator

Adjunct professor, MD, Mark Harris Yazer
Clinical Immunology, SDU
Klinisk Immunologisk Afdeling
Odense Universitetshospital
J. B. Winsløws Vej 4
5000 Odense C


Members of the team

Ulrik Sprogøe, MD, Ph.D., research associate
Kjell Titlestad, MD, Ph.D., research associate
Mark Harris Yazer, MD, professor

Ongoing projects

Prevalence and distribution of weak RhD variants in group of Danish and US patients
BEST study on group O unmatched RBC and impact on validity of blood grouping results
Comparison of different automated and manual methodologies for measurement of strength of anti-A in blood group O individuals
Platelet concentrate delivery through tube transport system
ROTEM, one year experience and comparison of ROTEM results with transfusion history.
Level of total plasma protein in blood donors correlation to age, gender, ABO blood group and donation history


Project options for students


Sidst opdateret: 19.08.2022