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Roberta L. Bruhn, MS, PhD

Research and Clinical Interests

My research goals are focused on the epidemiology of transfusion safety, specifically utilizing large databases of donor, donation, and recipient risk factors and outcomes to examine blood donor risk factors and efficacy of nucleic acid amplification testing (NAT) on risk of transfusion-transmitted infectious disease.

Selected Publications

  • Karafin MS, Bruhn R, Westlake M, Sullivan MT, Bialkowski W, Edgren G, Roubinian NH, Hauser RG, Kor DJ, Fleischmann D, Gottschall JL, Murphy EL, Triulzi D; National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Recipient Epidemiology and Donor Evaluation Study-III (REDS-III). Demographic and epidemiologic characterization of transfusion recipients from four US regions: evidence from the REDS-III recipient database. Transfusion. 2017 Dec;57(12):2903-2913. doi: 10.1111/trf.14370.
  • Lelie N, Bruhn R, Busch M, Vermeulen M, Tso W-C, Kleinman S and the International NAT Study Group. Detection of different categories of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection in a multi-regional study comparing the clinical sensitivity of HBsAg and HBV DNA testing. Transfusion, 2017 Jan;57(1):24-35. doi: 10.1111/trf.13819. PMID: 27673757.
  • Bruhn R, Lelie N, Busch M, Kleinman S and the International NAT Study Group. Relative efficacy of nucleic acid amplification testing and serologic screening in preventing hepatitis C virus transmission risk in seven international regions. Transfusion 2015;55(6):1195-205.
  • Bruhn R, Custer B, Vanderpool S, Townsend M, Kamel H, and Tomasulo P. Impact of increasing sample volume from 4 ml to 8 ml on bacterial detection rates in apheresis platelets: a meta-analysis. Vox Sang 2015;108(3):318-20.
  • Bruhn R, Lelie, N, Custer B, Busch M, Kleinman S, and the International NAT Study Group. Prevalence of HIV RNA and antibody in first, lapsed, and repeat blood donations across five international regions and relative efficacy of alternative screening scenarios. Transfusion 2013;53:2399-2412.

Selected Awards

  • 2017 UCSF School of Pharmacy Dean's Recognition for Excellence in Teaching
  • 2016 UCSF School of Pharmacy Dean's Recognition for Excellence in Teaching
  • 2015 Top Poster, AABB Annual Meeting

Additional Information

Roberta L. Bruhn, MS, PhD
  • Assistant Adjunct Professor
  • Laboratory Medicine
  • Division: Blood Systems Research Institute

Specialty Areas

  • Epidemiology, infectious diseases, transfusion medicine, blood donors, blood safety, screening efficacy, HIV, HBV, HCV

Contact Information

  • Blood Systems Research Institute
  • 270 Masonic Avenue
  • San Francisco, CA 94118
  • www.bsrisf.org

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Other UCSF Organizational Association(s)

  • Blood Systems Research Institute
  • UCSF IRB Laurel Heights
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