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Dame (Carmen) Marcela Contreras Arriagada, DBE (b. 4 January 1942) is a Chilean-born British leading blood expert, immunologist and university educator.
Born in Curico, a town in central Chile and raised in Coelemu and christened Carmen Marcela Contreras Arriagada, she originally obtained her M.D. degree from the Universidad de Chile, Santiago, in 1968. As a recipient of a British Council scholarship, she went to the U.K. in 1972 to study immunology and has remained there ever since.
Contreras retired in February 2007 as national director for diagnostics, development and research for the National Blood Service (NBS) after working for the organisation for over 20 years. Her directorate consisted of nine functions, which included red cell immunohaematology; stem cells and immunotherapy; and histocompatibility and immunogenetics.
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