Rosemary Sparrow

Adj Assoc Prof

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Critical bleeding and massive transfusion

1993 …2020

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Dr Sparrow is a research scientist with over 30 years post-doctoral experience in blood-related research, particularly transfusion biology and blood component research.

Her current role is Senior Research Fellow / Project Manager for the Australian and New Zealand Massive Transfusion Registry, based in the Transfusion Research Unit, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne. She is also the Principal Consultant for Transfusion Science.

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

She 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. 

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

Dr Sparrow is the author of >80 scientific papers in international peer-reviewed publications.

External positions

Principal Consultant, Transfusion Science

17 Jan 2014 → …

R&D Manager / Principal Research Fellow, Australian Red Cross Blood Service Victoria

3 Nov 199316 Jan 2014

Research area keywords

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

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Addressing Australia’s national transfusion research priorities

Wood, E., McQuilten, Z., Cameron, P., Cooper, J., Reade, M., Higgins, L., Trotman, J., Stanworth, S., Bielby, L., Coiera, E., Reynolds, J., Mo, A., Flint, A., Sanderson, B., Sparrow, R., Harris, A. & French, C. J.


Project: Research

Massive Transfusion Registry Future Funding NZBS

Wood, E., McQuilten, Z., Sparrow, R., Flanagan, P. & Waters, N.


Project: Research

Massive Transfusion Registry

Wood, E., Waters, N., McQuilten, Z., Sparrow, R. & Haysom, H.


Project: Research

Research Output

A protocol for the preparation of cryoprecipitate and cryo-depleted plasma for proteomic studies

Sparrow, R. L., Simpson, R. J. & Greening, D. W., 2017, Methods in Molecular Biology: Serum/Plasma Proteomics. Greening, D. W. & Simpson, R. J. (eds.). 2nd ed. Humana Press, Vol. 1619. p. 23-30 8 p. (Methods in Molecular Biology; vol. 1619).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Otherpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)

Preparation of platelet concentrates for research and transfusion purposes

Greening, D. W., Simpson, R. J. & Sparrow, R. L., 2017, Serum/Plasma Proteomics: Methods and Protocols. 2nd ed. Humana Press, Vol. 1619. p. 31-42 12 p. (Methods in Molecular Biology; vol. 1619).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Otherpeer-review

4 Citations (Scopus)

Red blood cell components: Time to revisit the sources of variability

Sparrow, R. L., 1 Mar 2017, In : Blood Transfusion. 15, 2, p. 116-125 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

11 Citations (Scopus)

AS-7 improved in vitro quality of red blood cells prepared from whole blood held overnight at room temperature

Veale, M. F., Healey, G., Sran, A., Payne, K. A., Zia, M. & Sparrow, R. L., Jan 2015, In : Transfusion. 55, 1, p. 108-114 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

5 Citations (Scopus)