AVV is the proud sponsor of the Buchanan Award. The Donald Ian Buchanan Memorial Lecture is given by a laboratory technologist who is working in the field of transfusion medicine, at the CSTM annual conference. Dr. Buchanan was a strong supporter of technologists and encouraged them to share their expertise at meetings and conferences.
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About Dr Donald I. Buchanan
Dr Buchanan was born in India, educated at the University of Glasgow and served with the Royal Canadian Air Force Medical Corps in Normandy and Belgium during the Second World War.
He immigrated to Canada in 1949 and in the same year he established the Edmonton Centre for the Canadian Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service. In 1958, he joined the University of Alberta Hospital as Medical Director. He also prepared and taught a program for Blood Bank technologists and his graduates were used extensively to staff the transfusion areas across Canada.
During his 30 years of deidcation to transfusion medicine he published 28 scientific papers and was awarded the Alberta Governement Acheivement Medal. He published many articles on the D blood group system as well as the Diego and Lutheran systems. He was also very instrumental in the development of the RhIG program. Dr Buchanan also founded the Immunohematology Club of Edmonton.
Dr Buchanan passed away at the age of 73 in 1987.