Pathology Day, May 24, 2019
The success of the 2018 Pathology Day and the feedback from attendees has allowed us to provide a programme which will ensure an exciting, stimulating and educational development opportunity.
PATHOLOGY DAY HIGHLIGHTS:
Pathology Day 2019 was another terrific success this year, bringing more than 200 department members together to experience the caliber and diversity of research taking place throughout our department, both at the junior and established research levels. Dr. Don Brooks started the day with opening remarks at the Paetzold Auditorium at Vancouver General Hospital followed by the graduate student and resident presentations that took place concurrently. Over 85 trainees and staff submitted abstracts abstract book 2019, highlighting the broad spectrum of research topics throughout the department. Over the day there were 10 graduate students and more than 19 residents giving oral platforms, in addition to lectures by faculty and a post-doctoral fellow, as well as a lively midday poster session.
THIS YEAR'S JAMES HOGG LECTURER WAS DR. BLAKE GILKS
Dr. Blake Gilks is Professor in the Dept of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver Canada, and does clinical service work in the Division of Anatomic Pathology at Vancouver General Hospital, the site of the largest gynecological oncology program in the province of British Columbia, where he is Regional Medical Director of Laboratories and Head of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. He graduated from Dalhousie University medical school in 1982 and completed a residency in anatomical pathology at the University of British Columbia, followed by fellowships in gynecological pathology and molecular pathology at Massachusett's General Hospital and Fox Chase Cancer Center, respectively. Dr. Gilks leads a research program focused on gynecological cancers and is co-founder of the Genetic Pathology Evaluation Centre, a laboratory that uses tissue microarrays of human tumor samples for cancer research, and OvCaRe, a multidisciplinary team studying ovarian cancer. He is also co-founder and co-director of the Canadian Immunohistochemistry Quality Control program, which provides proficiency testing for Canadian diagnostic immunohistochemistry laboratories. Dr. Gilks’ lecture was entitled “Being wrong: lessons learned from research, teaching, clinical service and administration.”
PATHOLOGY DAY 2019 HIGHLIGHTED THE RESEARCH PROGRAMS OF TWO FACULTY:
Dr. Peter Watson shared his work on "Solutions to improve the research biobanking pipeline”
and Dr. Marianne Sadar's topic of discussion was “From the bench to the bedside: the journey to developing a new therapy”.
POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW WITH THE TOP RANKED ABSTRACT
This year Dr. Sho Hiroyasu, the Postdoctoral Fellow with the top ranked abstract, discussed his work on "Granzyme B: a Novel Target for Pemphigoid Diseases”.
POSTER SESSION AND LUNCH AT ICORD
The poster session, which coincided with lunch, took place at ICORD, facility at the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre and offered an opportunity for networking, catching up, and showcasing the science of our department. We had 66 poster presentations and this event was very well attended, including the army of 24 volunteer poster judges who determined prize winners for best posters in a variety of categories.
KEYNOTE LECTURE ON ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
The keynote’s address “Artificial Intelligence for Pathology: from Discovery to AI-Powered Companion Diagnostics” was given by Dr. Andrew H. Beck. In 2016, Dr Beck co-founded PathAI, a company that develops artificial intelligence technology for pathology, where he serves as President and CEO.
RECEPTION AT ICORD
Pathology Day concluded with a well-attended reception back at ICORD, where faculty, students and staff were recognized with awards for their respective contributions to our department. This year, the BMLSc program joined the Pathogy Day reception for their program awards, adding to the celebrations of the evening.
We look forward to including more department members in the future, as a means to present junior faculty and re-introduce our more established researchers and their achievements.
Supervisor: Dr. Diana N. Ionescu
"Intratumoral heterogeneity in PD-L1 immunoreactivity is associated with variation in non-small cell lung carcinoma histotype"
Intratumoral heterogeneity in PD-L1 immunoreactivity is associated with variation in non-small cell lung carcinoma histotype
Supervisor: Dr. David Huntsman
"Proteomic analysis of transitional-like carcinoma variant of tubo-ovarian high-grade serous carcinoma"
Supervisor: Dr. Andre Mattman
"Implementation and clinical implication of hepcidin assay in British Columbia"
Supervisor: Dr. Jacquie Quandt
"Characterizing the clinical and immunopathological alterations in a novel mouse model of progressive multiple sclerosis"
Enterovirus infection initiates non-canonical autophagy to bypass lysosomal clearance and facilitate viral pathogenesis.
Supervisor: Dr. Kevin Bennewith
"Interleukin-5 drives the expansion of lung B-1 B cells and restricts pulmonary metastasis"
Supervisor: Dr. Dana Devine
Pritchard Award for the best Graduate Student Seminar in PATH 535/635
Supervisor: Dr. Marianne Sadar
Pathology & Laboratory Medicine PATH 502 MVP Award
Supervisor: Dr. Cheryl Wellington
Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Gross to Nano Histopathology Award for Pathology 501
Supervisor: Dr. Mari DeMarco
"Translating research into practice: investigating the impact of Alzheimer’s diagnostics in Canada (IMPACT-AD)"
Germinal center hypoxia develops during exposure to tumor antigens and modulates anti-tumor immune responses
Supervisor: Dr. Hongshen Ma
"Deformability as a biomarker for the quality of fresh and stored red blood cells"
Supervisor: Dr. Natalie Prystajecky
"Recovering influenza virus genomes from wild bird habitats for better avian flu surveillance"
Supervisor: Dr. Cornelia Laule
"Investigating quantitative biomarkers in post-mortem human spinal cord injury tissue using advanced magnetic resonance imaging and histopathological techniques"
Supervisor: Dr. Philipp Lange
"Sensitive identification of proteolytic proteoforms in limited samples"
Modelling initiation events of serous ovarian cancers with organoid cultures and single cell sequencing
Supervisor: Dr. Jacqueline Quandt
"Dysregulation of gene expression and immunophenotype in a mouse model of progressive multiple sclerosis based on an NR1H3 mutation linked to disease in families"
Supervisor: Dr. Bojana Rakic
"Development of a tandem mass spectrometry assay for newborn screening for sickle cell diseases"
Supervisor: Dr. Philipp Lange
"Integrated proteome, phospho-proteome and N terminome characterization of pediatric patient and matched engrafted leukemia"
Lifetime Achievement Award
Excellence in Clinical Service Award
Most Valuable Player Award
Research & Discovery Award
Early Career Research & Discover Award
Staff Service (Tech) Award
Staff Service (Admin) Award