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Photo of researcherCDC's hematologic laboratories conduct research and provide diagnostic services to persons with certain blood disorders by

  • conducting basic science and clinical research to define, determine the causes and complications of, diagnose, and prevent the complications of blood disorders such as hemophilia and thrombotic disease

  • conducting studies to evaluate, improve, and standardize methods and procedures for classifying blood disorders

  • providing diagnostic support for research studies on emerging diseases

  • maintaining the national reference laboratory for coagulation disorders and other hematologic diseases

The Division’s Molecular and Hemostasis Laboratory Team is organized around two major activities: cell and molecular investigations, and analysis of hemostatic proteins. 


Cell and molecular laboratory functions include conducting genetic investigations developing and adapting new technology and conducting public health and basic research.  Additionally, as part of  the lab’s public health and basic research efforts, laboratory personnel work with other CDC investigators to determine how infectious agent contribute to the in vitro procoagulant/inflammatory phenotype of cells. 


The hemostatic protein laboratory is CLIA-certified; it serves as a reference laboratory and provides reports to referred patients and study subjects.  In addition to providing support for the Division’s epidemiologic studies and CDC outbreak investigations, the laboratory conducts research on von Willebrand disease, bleeding disorders of women, adverse pregnancy outcome, and translation of research findings into diagnostic tests. 

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Date: November 21, 2005
Content source: National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities


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