Vladimir Albert LovricBMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h6957 (Published 23 December 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6957
- Matthew Limb, Croydon
Haemotologist Vladimir Albert Lovric was the originator of the “Lovric-Wisdom circle pack,” a storage system for donated blood. His innovations in component separation and anticoagulant solutions fundamentally altered blood banking in Australia, the Serbian born scientist’s adopted home and long term workplace. In 1998 the Australian Red Cross awarded him a distinguished service medal, its highest honour.
Lovric developed the quadruple bag storage system in collaboration with other specialists at the Sydney Blood Bank, where he worked from 1975 until 1991. His system allowed for better component collection—mainly plasma for immunoglobulins, clotting factors, and platelets—and this enabled up to five patients to benefit from any single blood donation. He worked to improve the physical and biochemical properties of packed red blood cells—facilitating surgical transfusions and increasing shelf life and usage—and developed new testing techniques for hepatitis C.
His time at the blood bank spanned the AIDS crisis of the early 1980s, when the bank was picketed amid concerns over possible transmission of HIV virus by transfusion.
During his career he carried out extensive research into anaemia, haemophilia, childhood leukaemia, and sickle cell anaemia, producing more than 80 scientific papers and articles.
Born in 1926 in Belgrade to a Croatian father and Serbian mother, Lovric was the older …