10.30 – 12.00 Session (9407)
Transfusion Medicine Research in Developing Countries: Promoting and Sustaining It
Director/Moderator: Quentin Eichbaum, MD, PhD, MPH, MFA, MMHC, FCAP
Speakers: Hua Shan, MD, PhD; Cees Smit Sibinga, MD, PhD, FRCPEdin, FRCPath ; Tonderai Mapako
Intended Audience: Physicians, Scientists, Technologists, Nurses
- Discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with performing transfusion medicine research within the context of developing countries.
- Discuss the education and training of researchers in transfusion medicine in developing countries, and the development of sustainable research programs.
- Propose areas of research specific to the contexts and appropriate to the resources of developing countries.
Event Description: Promotion and capacitation of research in developing countries has become a major drive of funding agencies such as the Welcome Trust, Gates Foundation and PEPFAR. As health care systems in these countries are strengthened and transfusion services improve, research in transfusion medicine has gained traction. This panel of experts engaged in transfusion research in developing countries will explore the challenges and opportunities encountered in these resource limited settings and how to promote and sustain transfusion medicine research. Among the topics addressed will be the education and training of local research workers, the promotion of context specific research, costs and delays in procuring research reagents and sustaining equipment, as well as the funding sustainable research programs.