Growing red blood cells in the laboratory

News update

Team prepares to conduct first-in-human clinical trial of laboratory grown red blood cells by 2018.

Clinical trial

From 2018, NHS Blood and Transplant will conduct a clinical trial of red blood cells grown in the laboratory from adult donor blood stem cells.

Parallel research

Find out about the laboratory based research and the qualitative research study being undertaken by the unit.

Public and patient involvement

We are very keen to hear what patients, donors, carers and members of the public think about the research we are doing.

The Blood and Transplant Research Unit (BTRU) in Red Blood Cell Products is part of and funded by the National Institute for Health Research and is a partnership between the University of Bristol and NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) in collaboration with the University of Warwick, the University of Bath and the University of the West of England.

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