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About the Division of Blood Disorders

The team collaborates with health-care providers, academic centers, community-based organizations, and national and international preventive health agencies to implement specialized prevention programs for persons with these disorders and their families. A key activity involves collaborating with networks of specialized health-care centers throughout the United States.

Currently, the branch has four key goals:

  • enhance blood safety to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases to persons being treated with blood products

  • identify risk factors through evidence-based research and surveillance and implement interventions to prevent complications of blood disorders

  • prevent and reduce complications of bleeding and clotting disorders that specifically affect women's health

  • develop and deliver consistent prevention education messages to encourage affected persons to make informed decisions about their own health care

The Division of Blood Disorders is organized into four units:

  • The public health translation unit applies the latest scientific advances from surveillance, epidemiology, and laboratory support to enhance the delivery of care, prevention services, and information for the affected populations.

  • The surveillance unit monitors the extent of disease, the risk factors, and the related complications; conducts field investigations; and identifies areas for further study. Part of this unit's monitoring work involves collecting and storing blood samples in a national repository to use as resource material to facilitate rapid response to future outbreaks.

  • The epidemiology unit conducts special studies to better understand risk factors and the means of preventing and reducing complications.

  • The laboratory unit supports the epidemiologic studies by identifying new genetic markers of risk factors and clotting defects, provides reference laboratory diagnosis for multi-site epidemiologic and surveillance studies, and develops techniques and interpretation methods to improve molecular and coagulation diagnosis.

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Date:June 20, 2006
Content source: National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities


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