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Blood donor studies at Finnish Red Cross Blood Service

Our aim is to bring scientific research as a part of blood donation development activity. From donor´s point of view research on blood donation will enable awareness of the health effects related to recurrent blood donation and provide them with new ways to help. In the recently launched research project FIN donor 10 000, we investigate effects of blood donation on iron status of blood donors. In the Generisk study we provide blood donors an opportunity to join a large collaborative study on genetic and non-genetic risk factors for cardiovascular diseases. Both studies are partially funded by Tekes and are part of SalWe GET IT DONE programme that focuses on personalised diagnostics and care and on utilization of increasing genomic information and biobanking activities.