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.
Chief Medical Officer, American Red Cross
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.