Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Meeting the demand is a constant challenge.

One blood donation can potentially save three lives and now our attention turns toward convalescent plasma donations as a promising therapy for the treatment of COVID-19. The journey to support the transfusion medicine lab and donor centers during critical times start with donor qualification. Dr. Pampee Young will highlight the needs and challenges of blood banks and donor centers for blood and plasma supply and share the plans to overcome them.

About our Speaker:

Pampee Young, MD, PhD

Chief Medical Officer, American Red Cross

Nashville, Tennessee

Before joining American Red Cross, Dr. Young was a tenured professor of pathology and served as medical director of transfusion medicine and the stem cell laboratory at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Her research interests at Vanderbilt were in the field of regenerative medicine using stem-cell-based therapy and small molecular therapeutics. She has written over 80 peer-reviewed publications and currently focuses her efforts on research in blood center innovation as well as product availability and safety. 

What you will learn

  • Challenges that blood banks and donor centers face to supply the demand needed for blood and plasma
  •  Overview of the demand and supply for COVID-19 convalescent plasma
  •  Strategies for donor retention