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Emanuele Di Angelantonio appointed inaugural NHS Blood & Transplant Professor of Donor Health

last modified Oct 08, 2018 02:29 PM

Prof Emanuele Di Angelantonio has been appointed the inaugural NHS Blood & Transplant (NHSBT) Professor of Donor Health.

This post, funded by NHSBT (the national blood service of England), is the first professorship in this field in the UK. It builds on the Clinical School's 20-year strategic relationship with NHSBT, as well as on the NIHR Blood and Transplant Research Unit in Donor Health and Genomics in Cambridge (of which Emanuele has been the Director since January 2018). 
 
The creation of the post also reflects the success of recent landmark studies led by Cambridge University in collaboration with NHSBT. They include the 50,000-participant INTERVAL trial - the first randomised study of the impact of varying the frequency of blood donation in the 100-year history of transfusion medicine - and the 30,000-participant COMPARE study that has led to NHSBT's adoption of a more comprehensive approach of screening donors for haemoglobin levels.

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