Dr. Pryzdial gave Plenary Abstract Presentation at CSTM

pryzdialDr. Ed Pryzdial, the Associate Director for the CBR and a Canadian Blood Services researcher, gave a Plenary Abstract Presentation at the Canadian Society for Blood Transfusion (CSTM) conference on May 23, 2015 after winning one of the top two abstracts.

Dr. Pryzdial’s talk was titled: “Production of infectious dengue virus by platelets“.

His winning abstract can be found at the CSTM 2015 Abstracts document.

Ed Pryzdial obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto in biochemistry, with postdoctoral training at the National Institutes of Health, Center of Excellence in Thrombosis at the University of Vermont. He is now a Scientist at the Canadian Blood Services Centre for Innovation, and Associate Director at the Centre for Blood Research, UBC, where he holds a faculty position as Clinical Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. Among other affiliations, Ed Chairs a scientific advisory subcommittee for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Canadian Hemophilia Society and is an Editorial Advisory Board member for the Biochemical Journal. The work in his laboratory focuses on clotting protein biochemistry in fibrinolysis, virology and rare coagulation disorders. The work in has lab is currently funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and Biogen Idec.

“The general expertise in our laboratory is the function of blood proteins and there novel application. By combining biochemistry and molecular engineering, we have discovered new functions of several proteins with possible therapeutic or diagnostic applications to heart disease and virus infection. Our long-range goal is to understand how these findings may impact on other blood protein functions and thereby contribute to optimizing the value derived from blood constituents and their substitutes.”