Biomedical Excellence for Safer Transfusion

Call for Scientific Applications, open now through May 1, 2018

LINK to Online Application Form

The Biomedical Excellence for Safer Transfusion (BEST) Collaborative is an international research organization whose objective is to improve the safety of transfusion and cell therapy and related services through standardization of analytic techniques, development of new procedures and execution of clinical trials in hemotherapy and cell therapy.

The 24 scientific and 18 associate scientific members of BEST represent a broad diversity of interests and high levels of accomplishment. The manufacturer members of BEST span the gamut of companies and organizations engaged with the collection, distribution and transfusion of blood and cell therapy products worldwide. More than 117 scientific publications have resulted from the Collaborative's work.

Under the leadership of the Chair-elect, Dr. Ziggy Szczepiorkowski, and the support of a refreshed Executive Team, BEST is reviewing its scientific membership and is now looking for new talent to provide continued scientific vigor and fresh ideas. Members are expected to actively participate in BEST studies, contribute ideas for new ones, and participate in BEST meetings. Projects and studies are managed by individual members through one of our 4 teams:

  • Cellular Therapy
    Team Leads: Dave McKenna; To Be Announced
  • Clinical Transfusion Studies
    Team Leads: Mark Fung; Alan Tinmouth
  • Conventional Components
    Team Leads: Dana Devine; To Be Announced
  • Donor Studies
    Team Leads: Marc Germain; Ralph Vassallo

A description of the recent activities of each team is available on the BEST Web Site HERE.

Meetings are held twice per year, generally alternating between a North American venue in the autumn and a European venue in the spring. The meetings, which are highly interactive, last a day and a half to 2 days, and are always lively and stimulating. Members receive a stipend to assist with travel expenses.

Applications with a letter of interest and CV may be submitted via the BEST Web Site HERE.

Applications must be submitted by May 1, 2018 and will be considered following the closing date, with decisions being announced by September 2018.

The first meeting of the refreshed scientific membership will be in Spring 2019.