Scientific Research

Blood Service performs active scientific research. We want to increase biomedical knowledge on our areas of expertise.

Blood Service Biobank

The Blood Service runs its own biobank, and it’s easy to join it as part of blood donation.

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Blood Service Research Fund

The Research Fund of the Finnish Red Cross Blood Service awards grants to scientific projects that support the implementation of the Blood Service’s research strategy.

Blood Service Research Fund

Scientific Publications

Research staff at the Blood Service are active producers of topical scientific publications, doctoral dissertations and other academic theses every year.

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Blood donation research

Voluntary blood donors are at the core of all blood banking in Finland. FRCBS takes care of our donors in many ways, also through scientific research.

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Pipetting the biobank sample.

Blood cell research

Studies on red cells and platelets and on blood products derived from these cells are natural part in the Blood Service R&D portfolio.

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Transplantation Genomics

The research of the blood transfusion, cell, and tissue transplant compatibility serves as the scientific basis shared by all the Blood Service's laboratories.

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Cell therapy

The focus of our cell therapy research lies in translational cell therapy research, the biology of mesenchymal stromal/stem cells and novel immunotherapies.

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The Blood Service names Minna Mäki director of research and product development

Minna Mäki (PhD) has been named director of research, product development and new services at the Blood Service. She takes up her new position on 22 May 2023.

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FRCBS Annual Report for 2022 published

The Blood Service Annual Report for 2022 has been published. You will find all the key figures and statistics concerning Finnish Red Cross Blood Service and an overview of the most important changes and events that took place last year.

A researcher putting samples on a well plate.
Press release

Applications invited for Blood Service research grants 2023

Call for applications for grants of the Blood Service Research Fund opens on 6 February 2023. The primary aim of the Fund is to support research related to the current and possible future products and services of the Finnish Red Cross Blood Service. The application period is from 6 February to 31 March 2023.

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75 years of care: Blood Service celebrates its anniversary

Year 2023 marks the 75th anniversary of the start of operations of Finnish Red Cross Blood Service. The systemic collection of blood began in Finland during the war years. Established in 1948, the Blood Service has been responsible for the national blood supply chain with voluntary donors for decades, for the benefit of the patients.