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Dr. Custer participates in a dialogue on eligibility rules for blood donation. This discussion focuses on the current one year deferral from donation for any man who reports having sex with other men and what future approaches to blood donation eligibility, such as individual risk assessment, might look like.
Abstinence, HIV And Blood Donation
On Point National Public Radio interview with Brian Custer, Associate Director of Blood Systems Research Institute, January 12, 2017.


Article in The Scientist on new human virus discoveries

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is asking for new scientific research as it reevaluates a controversial policy banning men from donating blood if they admit to having had sex with another man in the past year. Gay rights advocates say the rules are not based in science, but on decades of stigma regarding gay men and AIDS. NewsHour Weekend’s Ivette Feliciano reports.

Sugar-binding protein galectin-9 found to be a new weapon to cure HIV (press release)

Countdown to a Cure, UCSF Magazine, Summer 2016

Blood processing methods affect microparticles and mtDNA linked to blood transfusion reactions

Blood Systems Research Institute launches Denver campus, welcomes Dr. Larry J. Dumont as Senior Investigator and Associate Director


amfAR Establishes San Francisco-Based Institute for HIV Cure Research

Scientists identify effective and novel mechanisms to block chikungunya virus


Viruses the focus of the 2013 BSRI Retreat

BSRI named for second year to Top Ten Best Places to Work Academia by The Scientist

Eric Delwart presents at the 3rd Annual Bay Area Symposium on Viruses

2012 Program Review


BSRI conference Cell Therapeutics in Trauma and Critical Care a success

BSRI to participate in a babesia blood screening test trial under an NIH SBIR awarded to Immunetics, Inc.

BSRI named to Top Ten Best Places to Work Academia by The Scientist

2012 Perkins Lectureship Award presented at CBBS annual meeting

2011 Program Review


BSRI Scientific Retreat 2011 "Thirty years of HIV: Perspectives for blood safety"

NHLBI Releases Fact Sheet on Recipient Epidemiology and Donor Evaluation Study III (REDS-III)

Perkins Lectureship Award presented at CBBS annual meeting




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