Transfusion safety - infectious diseases

Epidemiology and Public Health

This two-week course presents a state-of-the-art exposure to the epidemiology and clinical research aimed at preventing transfusion-transmitted infectious diseases.

Practical information

Institut Pasteur
No course in 2018-2019
In French


Institut Pasteur Diploma
Credits for Public health Pasteur-CNAM Master
University diploma Paris Diderot

The curriculum includes lectures and workshops focusing on:

  • A review of current approaches to blood donor selection and laboratory techniques used for infectious disease screening of donated blood.
  • Practical training in clinical epidemiology research which will allow students to accomplish studies oriented towards improving transfusion safety.

Each student is expected to write, as a learning exercise, a brief research protocol in his or her area of interest. During daily workshops, the protocol is written section by section in parallel with the theoretical content of the course, namely: aims and research question, background and bibliography, study design, research subjects, data collection, data analysis and ethical considerations. At the end of the two-week course, most students will have written a protocol that could be implemented in their own blood centers following necessary approvals.

A description of the rationale and approach to the course is described in the following editorial:

  • Lefrère JJ, Shiboski C, Fontanet A et Murphy EL. Une formation à la recherche en médecine transfusionnelle dans le monde francophone. Transfusion clinique et biologique, 2009 ; 16 : 427-430
  • Murphy EL, McFarland W and Lefrere JJ. Teaching transfusion medicine research methods in the developing world. Transfusion 2009; 49 : 1532-1534.

This course is particularly oriented towards professionals working in transfusion medicine who wish to gain the necessary tools to design and conduct clinical research protocols, as well as infectious disease and public health specialists with an interest in transfusion transmitted infectious disease.

Applications will be evaluated by the course oversight committee.



More informations


Syria Laperche​
Institut National de la Transfusion Sanguine, Paris

Edward L. Murphy​
Université de Californie, San Francisco & Blood Systems Research Institute (UCSF/BSRI)

Head(s) of laboratory practicals

Caroline Shiboski
Université de Californie, San Francisco

2 weeks
Members of the Course committee

A. Fontanet (Institut Pasteur),
S. Laperche (Institut National de Transfusion Sanguine),
C. Le Van Kim (Université Paris-Diderot, Paris 7),
M. Lucas-Hourini (Institut Pasteur),
S. Malot (Institut Pasteur),
E.L. Murphy (University of California San Francisco),
V. Ponticelli (Institut Pasteur),
M. Sala (Institut Pasteur),
C. Shiboski (University of California San Francisco),
H. Waxin (Institut Pasteur).

Financial assistance

Limited funds may be available for travel financial assistance and tuition fees

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