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06 October 2017

Biggar Science Festival, 5th - 8th October

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We are delighted to be running two free events at the first ever Biggar Science Festival, 5th - 8th October 2017.

Two of our Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS) colleagues have been invited to speak at the first ever Biggar Science Festival this weekend. The event will be a science extravaganza for the whole family, with something to interest everyone. We are delighted to be involved with the launch of this festival and tickets are still available for our two presentations.

I'm delighted to be speaking on a subject that is of interest to many families within the local community this weekend. Stuart Imlach

On Saturday 7th October, at 2pm, senior scientist Stuart Imlach and Research and Development Manager David Colligan will be sharing their knowledge in talk about 'What happens to your blood donation?' This will take place at Biggar Museum, and is a journey through the amazing process, from our generous blood donors to hospital patients and beyond. Find out what does happen once you've given, and how blood saves lives.

Our second talk - 'T Cells for transplant patients' - takes place on the same day at the same venue, at 2.30pm.  This talk will focus on how these amazing cells are used to treat viral infections in transplant patients, and how are they generated. SNBTS works in collaboration with other healthcare professionals to support the organ and tissue donation programme in Scotland and the wider UK to ensure that all clinical demand is met. We are at the cutting edge of cell therapy development, and Saturday's talk promises to be a window into the great research that is being done in Scotland, and how it has gone on to benefit real patients.

Both talks are particularly relevant to the local community, as Stuart knows families whose lives have been improved by the wonderful advances in transplant and cell therapy.

Stuart says, "It's a great opportunity to share knowledge and experience on these topics. I'm delighted to be speaking on a subject that is of interest to many families within the local community this weekend."

Current blood stock levels across Scotland

We aim to retain 6 days of stocks at any time in order to meet the requirements of patients in Scotland.

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