Mark T. Gladwin, M.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Medicine
Director, Pittsburgh Heart, Lung, and Blood Vascular Medicine Institute (VMI)
University of Pittsburgh
“Generous support for translational research from ITxM and HCWP has propelled the University of Pittsburgh’s Vascular Medicine Institute to a leading position in blood transfusion and blood diseases research. Our research programs are developing new approaches to improve the safety of blood transfusions, specifically by identifying the genetics of red blood cell donors in an effort to identify normal common genetic variations that make blood safer and more effective after storage and transfusion.
We hope to identify donors whose blood should be used earlier or who are super donors whose blood may be stable longer in cold storage.”