Rosemary Sparrow

Adj Assoc Prof

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Critical bleeding and massive transfusion

1983 …2023

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Adjunct Associate Professor Rosemary Sparrow is a research scientist with over 30 years post-doctoral experience in blood-related research, immunology and haematology, particularly transfusion biology and blood component research. She has diverse experience having worked in academic, hospital and highly-regulated industry environments.

Rosemary is affiliated to the Transfusion Research Unit, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, and Senior Research Fellow for the Australian and New Zealand Massive Transfusion Registry. She is also the Principal Consultant for Transfusion Science.

Prior to joining the Transfusion Research Unit at Monash University in 2016, Rosemary was for 20 years the scientist-manager of the Melbourne R&D laboratory of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service (1993-2014).

Rosemary has designed and led major programs of internationally-competitive laboratory-based research focused on blood components, particularly red blood cells, aimed at improving blood component quality, safety and efficacy. Her application of immunological and emerging technologies, and novel in vitro models of transfusion pioneered new understanding and thinking about the intersects between blood donor and blood component variables and transfusion outcomes.

In recognition of her research achievements, Rosemary was invited to join the internationally-respected Biomedical Excellence for Safer Transfusion (BEST) Collaborative in 2006, being the first Australian to become an invited scientific member. In 2018, Rosemary was awarded Honorary (life-time) membership of the BEST Collaborative, the first Australian to receive this award.

Rosemary is the author of >85 scientific papers in international peer-reviewed publications.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

External positions

Principal Consultant, Alfred Health

17 Jan 2014 → …

R&D Manager / Principal Research Fellow, Australian Red Cross Lifeblood (Victoria)

3 Nov 199316 Jan 2014

Research area keywords

  • Blood transfusion
  • Transfusion medicine
  • Haematology
  • Immunology
  • Haematopoietic Stem cells

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