Dr. Dana Devine inaugurated as AABB President, recognized for her leadership

By Dr. Geraldine Walsh, Knowledge Broker, Canadian Blood Services

Originally posted on the Canadian Blood Services Research, Education, and Discovery (R.E.D.) blog and republished with permission and minor edits. Read the original article: “Canadian Blood Services chief scientist inaugurated as AABB President, recognized for her leadership”

Dr. Dana Devine in her office, smiling. Dr. Devine is the Director of the Centre for Blood Research (CBR), Canadian Blood Services’ chief scientist, and newly inaugurated AABB president

Dr. Dana Devine. Image courtesy of the Canadian Blood Services.

Congratulations to Dr. Dana Devine, the Director of the Centre for Blood Research (CBR) and the Canadian Blood Services’ chief scientist, who was recently inaugurated as president of the Association for the Advancement of Blood and Biotherapies (AABB). The official start of Dr. Devine’s term was marked by a virtual inauguration ceremony on the final day of the 2021 AABB Annual Meeting in October. Devine is taking over as president at an exciting and challenging time for the AABB and will be at the helm during the association’s 75th anniversary, which takes place in 2022.


Using her platform to advance research

Dr. Devine is the Director of the UBC Centre for Blood Research, where she runs an active research laboratory, as well as Canadian Blood Services’ chief scientist and a professor at the UBC departments of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. With her longstanding and distinguished research career, it is no surprise that in her inauguration speech, Dr. Devine stated that as AABB president, she will be a strong advocate for research. She noted that research will play a critical role in addressing challenges facing the field: “It is only through research that we can advance science, develop solutions, and expand donor and patient care and safety”.

  • Read more about Dr. Devine’s inauguration and speech on the AABB website.


Devine recognized with prestigious AABB leadership award

Ahead of the annual meeting, the 2021 AABB award recipients were announced, and it was fitting to see Dr. Devine among them. She was awarded the 2021 Hemphill-Jordan Leadership Award for “her extensive contributions in transfusion medicine, particularly in the areas of administration, quality programs, and law/government affairs.” In particular, Devine was recognized for “creating an integrated research program with strong ties to government and academic sectors. This model also included direct support for trainees, including PhD students, postdoctoral fellows, and transfusion medicine residents/fellows.”

  • Learn more about the Hemphill-Jordan Leadership Award on the AABB website.

This award recognizes Dr. Devine’s legacy of service with Canadian Blood Services – a legacy that continues unabated and is reflected in the myriad of research, development, education and training activities conducted and supported by Canadian Blood Services. Dr. Devine first joined Canadian Blood Services in 1999 as the executive director of research and development. Before becoming the chief scientist in 2018, Devine served for many years on Canadian Blood Services’ executive management team as vice president of what is now the Medical Affairs and Innovation division (then Medical Services and Innovation).

Dr. Devine’s vision in her executive roles has shaped many of research and development activities and initiatives undertaken by Canadian Blood Services over the past 22 years. Dr. Devine’s foresight also contributed to the creation of the Canadian Blood Services’ Blood4Research Program – a unique facility dedicated to enabling research that advances transfusion, cellular therapies and transplantation medicine. And as chief scientist, Devine continues to guide and influence the future of research at Canadian Blood Services.

When I asked Dr. Devine about this award, she noted how much having these leadership roles have meant to her throughout her career:

“I am very honoured to receive this award. I have enjoyed being in leadership roles because they allow me to focus the organization on ensuring that my scientific colleagues have a productive work environment, that we are training the scientists (and specialist physicians) of tomorrow, and that we are working on important research topics for Canadian patients, and patients elsewhere in the world.”

Congratulations to Dr. Devine on this most well-deserved award!