Have you considered donating blood for research?
A large area of our research focus is on the study of processes involved in the formation of blood clots. While blood clots normally form to prevent excessive bleeding following an injury, the same process is responsible for the formation of harmful clots that may block blood vessels causing heart attacks or strokes. Therefore, a clearer understanding of how clots form will not only increase our knowledge of blood clot formation in healthy individuals and individuals with cardiovascular diseases, but may potentially lead to new preventive and therapeutic drugs for heart attack and strokes.
For us to pursue our research on blood clotting, we need fresh blood on a daily basis. This is because the blood cell primarily responsible for blood clotting - platelets - cannot survive for more than a few hours once taken out of the body. Each morning, we collect donor's blood, isolate platelets and then perform experiments. Without daily blood donations we cannot do our research. Thankfully, there are many generous donors who have been supporting our research over the years. However, we are always short of blood donors and any additional help from you will make a big difference.
As our primary interest is on platelets, we can accept most blood donors. So even if you are not eligible for Red Cross donation, for example, if you have resided in England, you can still donate blood for our research.
If you wish to donate blood, please phone 990 30122 to make an appointment/booking. Your blood is valuable to us.
If you would like to know more about A/Prof Justin Hamilton's research, please visit his lab page or see his video, below.
Video 1:52 min A/Prof Justin Hamilton's research is funded in part by the Heart Foundation.