International Speakers

Dr Michael Busch

Busch Michael


Michael P. Busch, M.D., Ph.D., is one of the world’s leading transfusion medicine scientists. He publishes prolifically, and is well-known for his innovative and productive research. Dr. Busch is an acknowledged national leader in laboratory issues as they apply to transfusion-transmitted diseases. He has advanced the general knowledge of viral dynamics and virus-host interactions, and has been instrumental in bringing nucleic acid technology (NAT) to practical application. Read more

Dr Brian S. Custer


Brian Custer is an Associate Director and Senior Investigator in Epidemiology and Health Policy Research at Blood Systems Research Institute in San Francisco. He is also a Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine at the University of California San Francisco. He earned his MPH and PhD degrees from the University of Washington in Seattle. He is actively involved in several committees and working groups of AABB, a member of the Transfusion-Transmitted Infectious Diseases Working Party of ISBT, and an Associate Scientific Member of the Biomedical Excellence for Safer Transfusion (BEST) Collaborative. Read more

Dr Roger Y. Dodd

Busch Michael


Roger Dodd was born in England and obtained his BSc in biochemistry at the University of Sheffield in 1964. He worked as a Scientific Officer in the Ministry of Defence (UK) for about six years and in 1970 left for the United States to join the American Red Cross, where he worked for 44 years. He rapidly developed his research interest in transfusion-transmitted infections. Read more

Prof Quentin Eichbaum

Quentin Eichbaum was born and raised in Namibia and South Africa. He initially studied law at UCT, then completed his MD, MPH, PhD & postdoctoral studies at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, followed by residency and fellowship training at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is currently a professor of Pathology and professor of Medical Education at Vanderbilt University in the USA where he also directs a fellowship in pathology as well as the Vanderbilt Pathology Program in Global Health and the Vanderbilt Pathology Education Research Group. Read more

Dr Edward L. Murphy


Edward L. Murphy MD, MPH is Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and Senior Investigator at Blood Systems Research Institute (BSRI).  Dr. Murphy obtained his B.S. in Marine Biology from MIT, his M.D. from Stanford University School of Medicine and his M.P.H. in epidemiology at University of California Berkeley School of Public Health.  Following his residency in Internal Medicine at Boston University Medical Center, Dr. Murphy did a fellowship in viral epidemiology at the U.S. Read more.

Prof Martin L Olsson


Martin L. Olsson received his M.D. (1991) and Ph.D. (1997) from Lund University in Sweden where he is a full Professor and Senior Consultant in Transfusion Medicine. He is the Medical Director of the Nordic Reference Laboratory in Lund. He was a Visiting Scientist at IBGRL/BITS in Bristol, UK (1996) and Visiting Associate Professor/Lecturer at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA (2003-2008). Read more.

Dr Jill  Storry


Dr. Jill Storry is an Associate Professor at the Division of Haematology & Transfusion Medicine, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Lund University, Sweden, and responsible for the Immunohematology laboratories within the Department of Clinical Immunology and Transfusion Medicine, Lund. Read more.

Dr Silvano Wendel

Hospital Sírio-Libanês

Silvano Wendel, MD, PhD, is the Medical Director of the Sírio Libanês Hospital Blood Bank and of the Centro de Imunologia e Imunogenética, both in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Wendel is actively involved with ISBT Working Parties, the Global Blood Safety; Terminology for Red Cell Surface Antigens and also Working Party on Rare Blood Donors members submitting short articles to Immunohematology. Wendel was President of ISBT during 2010-2012, also served as chair of the Transfusion Transmitted Infectious Diseases Committee for the ISBT Working Party.
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Richard J. Benjamin


Dr Benjamin is a Professor of Pathology (Adjunct) at Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, D.C. and the author of >100 peer-reviewed publications. He is a Board Member and Regional Director for the International Society of Blood Transfusion, as well as the industry representative on the DHHS Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Blood and Tissue Safety and Availability. Read more.