Scientific Advisory Board

Pieter van der Meer, PhD

Dr. Pieter van der Meer is Senior Scientist at Sanquin Blood Supply Foundation in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. His research area includes the conventional blood components, with focus on improvement and extension of red cell and platelet storage. In his position at the Jon J van Rood Center for Clinical Transfusion Research, he performs translational research, trying to establish the relationship between laboratory measures and clinical outcomes of platelet transfusions.


Mark D. Scott, PhD

Dr. Mark Scott is a Senior Scientist at Canadian Blood Services and a Clinical Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of British Columbia.   His research efforts are focused on clinical potential of ‘immunocamouflaged’ cells/tissues in transfusion and transplantation medicine, the development of miRNA-based immunomodulatory therapeutics, and the prevention of viral invasion and proliferation via broad-spectrum polymer-based bio-camouflage.


Ira A. Shulman, MD

Dr. Shulman is professor and Vice Chair of Pathology at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC), Director of the USC Transfusion Medicine Services Group, and Director of Laboratories and Pathology and Medical Director of the tissue and transfusion services at the Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center.

He received his baccalaureate degree from UCLA (graduating summa cum laude and elected to Phi Beta Kappa), his medical degree from the USC School of Medicine (elected to AOA), and completed Pathology residency and blood banking/transfusion medicine fellowship at the Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center.

He is author or co-author of more than 100 papers, monographs, and books and book chapters, most of which deal with the clinical and laboratory practice of transfusion medicine. He has been active in the California Blood Bank Society (CBBS), the AABB, the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), the College of American Pathologists (CAP), and the Society for the Advancement of Blood Management (SABM).

He has served as chair of several state and national organizations’ committees, including the AABB Clinical Transfusion Medicine Committee, the Transfusion Medicine Resource Committee of the CAP, and the Council on Transfusion Medicine for the ASCP and has served as president of the CBBS and on the board of directors of CBBS, AABB and SABM.

Dr. Shulman has been recognized by the CBBS for his contributions to the field of transfusion medicine as a recipient of the ‘Upton-Hemphill Award’ and the ‘Owen F. Thomas Award’, and by the AABB as a recipient of the 'Hemphill-Jordan Leadership Award'.

He and his wife (Nadine) enjoy living in Mar Vista (West Los Angeles), California within walking distance of their two daughters, their daughters’ husbands, and four fantastic grand kids.