Research & Development

One of Canadian Blood Services’ senior scientists received royal recognition recently for his contributions to blood transfusion and blood safety through his research.

On Nov. 30, the Hon. Rona Ambrose, MP, presented a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to Dr. Jason Acker, manager and senior scientist working in Edmonton. As Associate Director of Development, Dr. Acker manages facilities in Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto and Ottawa.

Dr. Acker leads a world-class research program that focuses on improving the safety and quality of the blood products used in Canada and the development of next generation diagnostic technologies. His expertise in low temperature biology and cell desiccation (dehydration) has improved the methods used to store cells and tissues used in transplantation, transfusion and the protection of endangered species.

Dr. Acker’s research has been developed for a wide-range of uses including the detection of malaria in children in developing countries, prediction of drug toxicities in cancer patients, and the screening for viruses and pathogens in cattle.

By earning the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, Dr. Acker and his peers have further cemented Canadian Blood Services’ goal of becoming a trusted partner and leader in Canada’s health care system.

“We don’t do what we do because we want to be recognized, we do it because we love what we’re doing and the science we’re doing,” says Dr. Acker. For Jason and his capable team, improving the safety of the blood supply is all in a day’s work.