Donate Blood For Research

Have you ever wondered how your immune system knows what is dangerous? Or how immune cells can be used as a drug? We have! We need your blood.

How will your blood help our research?

We are interested in understanding how a type of white blood cell, known as T regulatory cells, controls what the immune system responds to. By understanding how these cells work in healthy individuals we can then study how processes may change or break-down in different disease settings.

Some examples of how this research can impact health include:

  - Identification of new ways to prevent and treat type 1 diabetes.
- Understanding what causes inflammatory bowel disease.
- Improving the success of organ and bone marrow transplantation.
 

Important things to consider:

  - Your confidentiality will be respected.
- Your participation is entirely voluntary.
- Your contribution is important.

Questions & Answers:

Who can donate?

 
You can donate blood if:
  - you are healthy.
  - you are not pregnant.
you are 18 years or older.
  - you have been deferred by Canadian Blood Services because of travel or a false positive test.
 

What do you need to do?

Sign up at donateblood@bcchr.ca, and our staff will get in touch with you to make an appointment at your convenience. You may download and fill out our consent form and bring it when you come for your appointment.

Where will your blood be taken?

Donations take place at the Transfusion Safety Unit at BC Children's Hospital and BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre by trained nurses.

How much time will it take?

It will take about 15 minutes to confirm you are healthy to donate, about 15 minutes for the donation, and you will be asked to stay for about 15 minutes afterwards.

How much blood is taken during blood donation?

1 unit, or approximately 450ml.

Help us find answers....

This study is being conducted by researchers at BC Children's Hospital and BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre and the University of British Columbia.

In addition to Dr. Megan Levings, other co-Investigators on this project include: Dr. Raewyn Broady (Division of Hematology, UBC), and Dr. Peter van den Elzen (Department of Pathology, UBC).

The study is sponsored by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research.