General information


Covering the complete spectrum of blood and blood transfusion research, division Research aims to perform original work on not only basic and clinical but also applied topics. Studies are aimed at the development and improvement of cellular blood products and plasma products. As a consequence, our research departments deal with a complementary range of subjects including fundamental biology and biochemistry of blood cells and plasma proteins, hematopoiesis, immunohematology, coagulation, immunopathology, blood-borne infections, blood transfusion technology, transfusion monitoring, transfusion medicine, and donor studies.

Within Sanquin, research relating to blood transfusion medicine and immunology in the broadest sense is performed by a dedicated research staff. This staff consists of about 120 researchers (including seven scientists holding professorships, and around 60 PhD students), and over 80 technicians. Every year over 150 papers are published, mainly in peer reviewed journals and about 15 PhD theses are defended. A major part of the research takes place in different departments of Sanquin Research, located on the premises in Amsterdam and Leiden.

Research Facilities

Diagnostic Services

The division Diagnostic Services advises and conducts blood testing in the field of transfusion medicine and immunology. It tests blood and tissue donors, develops new tests and closely cooperates with the division Research and external partners like (academic) hospitals, universities, other knowledge institutes and industry.

Diagnostic Services is active in the field of:

Consulting Services

Consulting Services (SCO) offers guidance and advice to restricted economy countries in the field of blood transfusion improvement projects. This guidance and advice consists of training possibilities for developing countries and tailor-made education programs at all levels of the transfusion organization. In close relationship with the Academic Institute for International Development of Transfusion Medicine (IDTM) SCO supports a traineeship for the Master for Management of Transfusion Medicine. The main focus of SCO is advising blood bank establishments on development of safe, effective and sustainable blood services and transfusion structures at national and regional level, including quality management.

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Last edited on: 7 September 2015