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Urgent Need: Blood Donors Save Lives in UK A&E Departments

When medical emergencies strike, every moment is precious. In the Accident and Emergency (A&E) departments across the UK, the availability of life-saving blood can mean the difference between life and death. This blog post highlights the critical role of blood donors in supporting A&E departments during life-or-death situations. Join us in making a life-saving difference…Continue Reading Urgent Need: Blood Donors Save Lives in UK A&E Departments

Donor Research Academics Transform Nursing Education With Service-User Feedback

Understanding a patient’s sickle cell experience will better prepare pre-reg nurses for the NHS In follow up to Swetha Kalaimani’s interesting interview with Stephanie George, Vice Chair of Red Cells R Us the nursing academics in the Donor Research team have continued to collaborate with Stephanie. Rebecca Craig and Charlotte Humphris deliver education and training…Continue Reading Donor Research Academics Transform Nursing Education With Service-User Feedback

Living with Sickle Cell Anaemia: An Interview with Stephanie George

Sickle cell anaemia is a is a disease affecting the red blood cells causing them to be a crescent, ‘sickle’ shape. This causes oxygen in the blood to be chronically low, potentially damaging nerves and organs. Furthermore, sickle cells can block blood flow by getting stuck in small blood vessels, depriving them of oxygen and…Continue Reading Living with Sickle Cell Anaemia: An Interview with Stephanie George

Our Champion Student Researchers Shine At Poster Presentations

Alice and Estella joined Donor Research in their first year at University of Brighton during COVID lockdown – look where they are now! Today our Champion Supervisor showed us that they can rise to the challenge to learn about how education interventions can improve people’s awareness of organ donation. Both Alice and Estella got to…Continue Reading Our Champion Student Researchers Shine At Poster Presentations

Showcasing Work at Knowledge and Exchange Event

Some members of the Donor Research Team attended this years Research and Knowledge celebration event held at the City Campus, Grand Parade, Sallis Benney Theatre at University of Brighton. This event was the finale of Research and Knowledge Exchange Week where there were with three-minute inspirational presentations from a range of talented research colleagues and…Continue Reading Showcasing Work at Knowledge and Exchange Event

BREAKING NEWS! We have won another round of funding to continue our work

University of Brighton’s Donor Research team have received a share of £685,000 funding as part of the Government’s commitment to continue to promote organ, blood, and stem cell donation among Black and Asian communities. The Donor Research team is one of 50 grassroots organisations receiving funding through the Community Grants Programme, previously known as the Community…Continue Reading BREAKING NEWS! We have won another round of funding to continue our work

Having open discussion about ways to encourage more donations of the Ro subtype – NHSBT Ro Conference in London

On Friday 17th March 2023, I had the pleasure of joining Simonne Weeks at the NHSBT (NHS Blood & Transplant) Ro Conference in London. The event brought together directors from NHSBT as well as representatives from Donor Research, Afro-Caribbean Leukaemia Trust, Black Blood Matters, and more, in a bid to have an open discussion about…Continue Reading Having open discussion about ways to encourage more donations of the Ro subtype – NHSBT Ro Conference in London

The April Fool’s Transplant

I had the pleasure of speaking with Fez Awan; Chairman of RPLAN, NHS Blood & Transplant Ambassador and three times kidney transplant recipient, about his prodigious and inspiring journey as a patient and organisational leader within renal transplantation.       Fez aged 3, ready to receive his April Fool’s Transplant.    Fez was born with total…Continue Reading The April Fool’s Transplant

Immunology and Ethnicity with Dr Nadia Terrazzini

There is a striking difference between ethnicities in the success rate of finding a suitable organ donor. After one year on the transplant list, 28% of people from minority ethnic groups as opposed to 41% people of white ethnicity, had been successfully matched and transplanted in 2019/20 in the UK (2020/21 data was affected by…Continue Reading Immunology and Ethnicity with Dr Nadia Terrazzini

Connors5 – 5 is Alive!

We had the huge pleasure of talking to Darran Saunders, Founder and Director of programmes of the charity Connors 5, about their brilliant outreach work and her personal experience of organ donation. The Saunders family set up The Connor Saunders Foundation as a legacy to their son and brother, Connor, who tragically died from an…Continue Reading Connors5 – 5 is Alive!