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Hoxworth Receives $1.89 Million for Blood Safety Study

Published December 2004

Hoxworth Blood Center has received a five-year, $1.89 million grant for research into the safety and availa-bility of the blood supply.

The funding, from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), will support epidemiological and laboratory studies and surveys of blood donors. Known as the Retrovirus Epidemiology Donor Study-II (REDS-II), it replaces a highly successful program sponsored by the NHLBI for the past 15 years.

"Addressing issues concerned with the safety and availability of both Greater Cincinnati's and our nation's blood supply will be the cornerstone of the REDS-II program," says principal investigator Ronald A. Sacher, MD, director of Hoxworth and interim dean of the UC College of Medicine.

Besides examining blood supply and availability, REDS-II will monitor blood-borne infectious agents, evaluate the impact of new disease-causing bacteria and viruses, and assess the safety of changes in laboratory and blood donor screening protocols.

Dr. Sacher will work with co-principal investigators Susan Wilkinson, EdD, associate director and interim director of Hoxworth, and Patricia M. Carey, MD, Hoxworth's medical director.

Founded in 1938 and now serving 25 hospitals in the Tristate area, Hoxworth is one of six blood centers and one coordinating center nationwide to receive REDS-II contracts.

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