Ling Shi, assistant professor of nursing, traveled to China in April 2013 for the Retrovirus Epidemiology Donor Study (REDS)-III China Project. The project is funded by NHLBI/NIH, running from 2011 to 2018. It is a partnership between Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, the Institute of Blood Transfusion (IBT), UMass Boston, and five Chinese blood centers. Shi is the co-investigator for the overall study and principal investigator for the subcontract with Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. The goal of the project is to improve blood supply and safety in China, where the blood banking system has suffered from severe shortage in blood supply, emerging epidemic of HIV, and the high prevalence of HBV and HCV in the general population.
During her April trip, Shi attended the REDS-III Steering Committee Meeting in Chongqing. Shi presented a data analysis plan based on existing data. Along with other Steering Committee members, she reviewed core donation study progress and findings, planned study activities for the blood utilization study and HIV study, and discussed collaboration with the IBT central lab. Shi also visited the IBT central lab in Chengdu, and blood centers in Liuzhou and Luoyang.
Shi has established collaboration with the five blood centers that are geographically and ethnically diverse and representative of blood banking system in China. She led the writing of a literature review, “Blood Safety and Availability: Continuing Challenges in China’s Blood Supply System," which was published by Transfusion, the foremost journal on transfusion medicine and hematology. She is currently working on a review on blood donor management in China for a special issue entitled, "Blood Donor Management," invited by the editors of the journal Transfusion Medicine and Hemotherapy. Shi’s work has and will continue to translate to the international collaborative efforts of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and the UMass campus. Shi has coordinated the efforts of hosting visiting scholars from the collaboration blood centers to receive training at UMass Medical School, collaborated with blood centers in publication, and worked with CNHS faculty on grant application under the REDS-III umbrella.
To learn more about the REDS-III Project, visit the project website here.