Education and Professional Standing
- FCSMLS(D) Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science, 2002
- MSc, Health Sciences, McMaster University 1992
The Transfusion Research Program at McMaster University combines both quantitative and qualitative methodological techniques to address a wide variety of transfusion related questions to provide a bench-to-bedside evidence based approach to transfusion medicine practice. Quantitative research approaches utilize both experimental and non-experimental research designs ranging from surveys to cohort studies, to randomized controlled trials. Current areas of interest which utilize these techniques include adverse effects to blood transfusion, determining the optimal dose for platelet transfusion, optimal transfusion trigger thresholds, studies related to ITP, transfusion related acute lung injury (TRALI) and surveys. Qualitative approaches are being used to address a number of questions related to blood donor research including optimal approaches for deferral of blood donors and recruitment of blood donors, exploring the effectiveness of hospital Transfusion Committees, understanding issues related to hemophilia care, policy studies to inform the implementation of pathogen inactivation of blood products, and development of a clinical history assessment tool (CHAT) to assist in standardized documentation of clinical information from patients with bleeding disorders.
An interdisciplinary approach to research is often used and involves other McMaster colleagues in Medicine, Pathology, Epidemiology and the School of Geography.
The research group is also involved in a major Quality Management Project funded through the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care to develop quality essential tools that can be used to ensure standardization and optimal transfusion practices within the hospital setting. In addition to these activities blood utilization is also a primary focus of the Transfusion Research Program at McMaster University. The research program is also responsible for the Ontario transfusion transmitted injuries surveillance system (TTISS) database in collaboration with the Public Health Agency of Canada.
For her outstanding work, Nancy Heddle has been awarded the 2009 International Woman in Transfusion Award, presented by the American Association of Blood Banks, The International Society of Blood Transfusion, and the British Blood Transfusion Society.
Nancy Heddle is involved in the Hematology and General Pathology Residency Programs, and acts as a tutor for the Health Research Methodology Program through Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
Clinical Research Coordinators
Emmy Arnold, Julie Carruthers, Rebecca Barty
Dr. Aicha Traore
Ruth Cameron, Shannon Laue, Laura Molnar, Diana Boye
Other Team Members
Dr. Kathryn E. Webert, Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine & Dr. Donnie M. Arnold, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine