Heddle, Nancy M., MSc, FCMLS(D)
Professor, Department of Medicine
Director, McMaster Transfusion Research Program,
Associate Member, Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (HEI),
Associate Member,Pathology and Molecular Medicine
McMaster University, Faculty of Health Sciences HSC 3H50
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4K1, Canada
905.525.9140 ext. 22126
Nancy Heddle Graduate from the Medical Laboratory Science program at Mohawk College in 1969. She has spent most of her career
in Transfusion Medicine working in the Hamilton Hospitals as a technologist, a manager, an educator, a researcher and a mentor. She completed a Masters
degree in Health Research Methodology from McMaster University in 1992 and subsequently used clinical research methodology to investigate many research
questions that focused on improving blood transfusion safety.
Nancy is currently a Professor in the Department of Medicine, McMaster University and is an Associate Member in Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (HEI) and the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine. She is also an Adjunct Scientist, Centre for Innovation,
Canadian Blood Services. As the Director of the McMaster Transfusion Research Program she works collaboratively with clinicians, research Faculty and
biostatisticians to address a wide variety of transfusion questions using quantitative, qualitative and mixed method techniques. Her current areas of
research include: hemophilia; appropriate use of blood products; improving methodology when using bleeding as an outcome measure in clinical trials; and
advancing the safety of blood transfusion by understanding the impact of red cell storage on patient outcomes.
During her career she has trained over 200 physicians and medical technology students in transfusion science. She has published over 130 scientific papers, given numerous
presentations nationally and internationally and has received national and international awards. In 2002 she was the recipient of the Premier’s Award
in Health Sciences, from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. She was the first Canadian to receive the Ivor Dunsford Memorial Award
from the AABB and International Woman in Transfusion award from the International Society of Blood Transfusion. In 2013 she was the recipient of the
Emil von Behring Award given by the German Society of Blood Transfusion.