Introduction to Research: A primer on the research question and practical data analysis


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 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.


Mrs Marion Vermeulen

Marion has worked at the South African National Blood service (SANBS) for 30 years in a number of roles. Her current role entails being responsible for the Donation Testing laboratories nationally which test 830000 donations per annum for transmissible infections and immunohaematology. Read more.


Karin van den Berg

Karin is a medical doctor employed by the South African National Blood Service for the past 9 years, curing which she also obtained her Master’s in Transfusion Medicine. Karin heads up the Clinical Services for the Eastern Cape division of SANBS, providing clinical oversight for all blood transfusion related activities in the area. Read more.


Ronél Swanevelder

M.Sc.(Quantitative Health Sciences (UP)

Ronél started her career in epidemiology in 1989 with the Department of Health (SA) documenting the early years of the HIV epidemic through annual national antenatal surveys. In 1997 she joined the South African Blood Transfusion Service where she supported various business areas of the blood value chain with data analysis and reports. Read more.