Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Top gong for blood transfusion medicine awarded to SPHPM’s Associate Professor Wood

SPHPM’s Associate Professor Erica Wood has been awarded the Australian and New Zealand Society of Blood Transfusion’s (ANZSBT) highest honour, with the opportunity to deliver the Ruth Sanger Oration. Associate Professor Wood was presented with her medal by the ANZSBT president at the society’s recent congress. 

The ANZSBT’s vision is to define and promote best practice in clinical and laboratory transfusion medicine, via independent expertise in transfusion medicine. It comprises members from diverse scientific, technical and medical backgrounds working within the areas of blood transfusion and transfusion medicine within Australia and New Zealand.

Associate Professor Wood is a transfusion medicine specialist and Head of the Transfusion Research Unit at SPHPM. She works as a consultant haematologist and holds honorary consultant haematologist appointments.

Associate Professor Wood is an esteemed leader in her field and has worked with the WHO's Expert Advisory Panel on transfusion medicine and has served as a WHO regional advisor in blood safety. She is also actively involved in teaching.

The award recognises Dr Ruth Sanger, the distinguished Australian scientist known for her major contributions to blood groups and human genetics.  E Associate Professor Wood’s lecture focused on the role of haemovigilance systems in improving the safety of clinical transfusion in our region and internationally.

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