About us

Head, TRU

Professor Erica Wood

Deputy Head

Associate Professor Zoe McQuilten

Deputy Director - Operations

Mr Neil Waters

Research staff and students

The unit has nearly 30 dedicated academic and professional staff, adjuncts, and postgraduate students undertaking a variety of research and study programs. We have expertise in transfusion medicine, haematology, epidemiology and registry science, and we lead national and international clinical registries, clinical trials, health economics analysis and systematic reviews across a range of areas.

Research students

Adjunct and affiliate appointments

Ms Linley Bielby, A/Prof Shlomo Cohney, Professor Merrole Cole-Sinclair, Dr Gemma Crighton, Professor Frank Firkin, Dr Masa Lasica, A/Prof Rosemary Sparrow, Professor Judith Trotman.


The Transfusion Research Unit (TRU) was established in 2008. Our internationally recognised research and educational activities include:

  • clinical quality registries
  • clinical trials and cohort studies
  • health economics analyses
  • systematic review and other projects
  • biobanking for correlative studies
  • educational programs and training, including postgraduate degree studies

We work closely with clinical leaders and organisations to collect and analyse data about conditions requiring major and/or complex transfusion support, and in a range of blood disorders, including haematological malignancies and bone marrow failure syndromes.

TRU manages the NHMRC Blood Synergy program – a national and international research collaboration commencing in 2020 to address evidence gaps in patient blood management (focussing on major haemorrhage, critical care and blood cancers) and immunoglobulin use. The Monash-led Synergy application was the highest-ranked application in the first year of this new grant scheme, and Prof Erica Wood was honoured with the Fiona Stanley Award at the NHMRC Research Excellence Awards in March 2020. The Blood Synergy research program includes registry-based activities, observational studies, interventional clinical trials of novel agents and approaches, health economics and other analyses.

TRU has many other ongoing collaborations with state, national and international partners to conduct important research and help ensure its translation into policy and practice. These include partnership with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, the National Blood Authority, national blood services, industry partners, specialty Colleges and professional societies, community groups, research consortia and the World Health Organization. Clinical experts from around Australia and New Zealand and internationally participate as investigators and project steering committee members.