The Science Behind i-PRF
Platelet concentrates have been utilized in medicine for over 3 decades owing to their ability to rapidly secrete growth factors. They have gained tremendous momentum as a regenerative agent derived from autologous sources capable of stimulating tissue regeneration in a number of medical fields.
Pioneering research has led to the development of an injectable platelet rich fibrin (i-PRF) whereby lower centrifugation speeds (~100g) led to a higher concentration of platelets, leukocytes and mesenchymal stem cells, these newer protocols more favourably released a higher concentration of growth factors over a 10 day period when compared to traditional PRP combined with anticoagulant.
Dr Steve Kitchen - FIBMS
Dr. Steve Kitchen is the lead scientist in the department of Coagulation at Sheffield Haemophilia and Thrombosis Centre, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. The centre is designated an International Haemophilia Training Centre by World Federation of Haemophilia. In addition he serves as Scientific Director of the UK National External Quality Assessment Scheme for Blood Coagulation and Director of the World Federation of Haemophilia International External Quality Assessment Schemes for Blood Coagulation. He also serves on numerous working groups and committees including the Steering Committee for Steering committee UK NEQAS Blood Coagulation and as Associate Editor of the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis. He has previously served on the ISTH Education Committee and as an Associate Editor for Seminars in Haemostasis and Thrombosis.
Anita Woolley - FIBMS
Chief Bio-Medical Scientist
Anita is a chief biomedical scientist with 50 years experience in her field. She is a subject matter expert and Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science.
As an IQA and teacher, Anita has delivered countless training courses both nationally and internationally to help clients ensure complete understanding of haemostasis and thrombosis including R&D of latest technologies.
Dianne Kitchen - FIBMS
Lead Scientist - NEQAS
UK NEQAS Haematology is the expert centre within the UK National External Quality Assessment Service (UK NEQAS) for all aspects of Haematology diagnostic testing external quality assessment (EQA), with almost 5,000 UK and international registrations. UK NEQAS Haematology provides a wide range of EQA services for automated cell counting, blood morphology, haemoglobinopathies and other inherited cell disorders.