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ABC Newsletter on TACO Studies

7/21/2017

Edward Murphy, MD, MPH, and Nareg Roubinian, MD, MPHTM, have been leading the Severe Transfusion Reactions including Pulmonary Edema (STRIPE), as part of REDS-III. STRIPE, a case-control study, examines both transfusion and clinical data to better characterize risk factors and outcomes for Transfusion-Associated Circulatory Overload (TACO).   In addition, the STRIPE study includes biospecimen collection to allow study of cytokines and other biomarkers in the diagnosis and pathogenesis of TACO.

Hologic's Panther System at BSRI for HIV Research

7/21/2017

Blood Systems Research Institute (BSRI) today announced a collaboration to more precisely and efficiently measure the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) latent reservoir in clinical samples using the Panther system from Hologic, Inc. – a fully automated molecular diagnostics platform that provides test consolidation, random-access sample loading, and proven assay chemistry.

Abstinence, HIV And Blood Donation

1/12/2017

Dr. Brian Custer discusses why the one-year ban on sexually active gay men donating blood still exists.

US FDA Lifts Lifetime Ban on MSM Blood Donation

8/20/2016

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is asking for new scientific research as it reevaluates a controversial policy banning men from donating blood if they admit to having had sex with another man in the past year. Gay rights advocates say the rules are not based in science, but on decades of stigma regarding gay men and AIDS. NewsHour Weekend’s Ivette Feliciano reports.

Sugar-binding Protein Galectin-9 Found to be a New Weapon to Cure HIV

7/13/2016

The ultimate impediment to a cure for HIV infection is the presence of latent, HIV-infected cells, which can reawaken and produce new virus when antiretroviral drug therapy is stopped. These latent, HIV-infected cells are untouched by antiretroviral therapy and are unseen by the immune system. 

Lifting U.S. Curbs on Gay Blood Donors Seen Years Away: Experts

6/17/2016

Public policy experts, including Dr. Brian Custer from Blood Systems Research Institute, explain the science and research still needed for the US Food & Drug Administration to consider lifting the permanent deferral of MSM from donating blood.

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