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Dr. James Zimring Appointed Director, Transfusion Medicine Research Program

Eminent scientist in biology and immunological response to blood transfusion.

MARCH 15, 2012, SEATTLE — Puget Sound Blood Center (PSBC) Research Institute today announced the appointment of James Zimring, MD, PhD, as Director of its Transfusion Research Program. Zimring is an internationally recognized expert in the biology of, and immunological response to, blood transfusion.

"Dr. Zimring is recognized worldwide as a leading scientific investigator in biochemical and immunological changes in blood cells, and his ground-breaking research is influencing and changing transfusion medicine," said Dr. James P. AuBuchon, president and chief executive officer of Puget Sound Blood Center. "His decision to join the Research Institute to lead a new transfusion research team promises that new discoveries and breakthroughs in transfusion will continue to happen right here in the Pacific Northwest."

Zimring's investigations include multiple dimensions of transfusion medicine: red cell biology and genomics, cellular changes during storage, immunological and metabolic response to transfusion ― and how understanding of biological processes can be applied to the treatment of hematologic conditions such as sickle cell anemia and autoimmune hemolytic anemia.

Zimring represents the vanguard of next generation research into blood components, blazing a trail of scientific discovery and translation of these discoveries into patient care," said Dr. José López, executive vice-president for research at PSBC and head of the Research Institute.

Zimring is the principal investigator on two grants from the National Institutes of Health, and is co-investigator on an additional 2 NIH grants. He is a prolific researcher with 60 articles published in scientific journals, as well as a recognized mentor, gifted educator and inspiration for graduate and undergraduate students alike.

Before joining PSBC, Zimring was Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, and the Director of Graduate Studies for the Immunology and Molecular Pathogenesis Program in the Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences. He served as the Associate Director of the Emory University Special Hemostasis Laboratory and Director of the Section of Basic and Translational Research in the Center for Transfusion and Cellular Therapies at Emory.

Founded nearly 70 years ago, PSBC Research Institute is dedicated to comprehensive and cross-disciplinary research into blood components. It includes 40 scientists working in nine major research laboratories with investigators focused on blood transfusion, thrombosis, gene transplantation and new cellular therapies.

About Puget Sound Blood Center
Puget Sound Blood Center is an independent, community-based nonprofit organization with a tradition blending volunteerism, medical science, education and research to advance transfusion medicine and improve patient care. Patients with leukemia, cancer, burns, hemophilia and traumatic injuries depend on Blood Center research. A recognized leader in transfusion medicine, the Blood Center serves patients in more than 70 hospitals and clinics in 14 Western Washington counties, as well as providing tissue and transplantation support to 185 hospitals across the Northwest. For more information, contact: David Larsen, Director of Communications at 206-233-3358 or DavidLa@psbc.org. or visit psbc.org.

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