PATHOLOGY DAY HIGHLIGHTS:
Pathology Day 2018 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. Mike Allard started the day with opening remarks at 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, 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. .
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.
THIS YEAR'S JAMES HOGG LECTURER WAS DR. MORRIS PUDEK
Dr. Pudek trained in Clinical Chemistry at VGH, following his PhD in Biochemistry from UBC, and obtained his certification from the Canadian Society of Clinical Chemists (CSCC) in 1979. Dr. Morris served on the first board of directors of the Canadian Academy of Clinical Biochemistry (CACB) and was the first recipient of the CACB award for outstanding service to the profession of Clinical Biochemistry. He is currently the Regional Medical Leader for Clinical Chemistry for Vancouver Coastal Health. He is also a Clinical Professor in our department. Dr. Morris is the author or co-author of approximately 100 scientific publications. He has received many teaching awards from residents, science students and medical students over the years. Dr. Morris’ lecture was entitled “The Adventures of a Clinical Biochemist: My Education, Educating and Toxicology Stories” .
PATHOLOGY DAY 2018 HIGHLIGHTED THE RESEARCH PROGRAMS OF TWO FACULTY:
Dr. Suzanne Vercauteren shared her work on “Fueling Research by Saving Body Bits: BC Children’s Hospital Biobank”
and Dr. Andrew Minchinton’s topic of discussion was “Radiation Oncology and Hypoxia – A Never Ending Story!”.
POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW DEMONSTRATES UTILITY OF MASS SPECTOMETRY
This year Dr. Serena Singh, the Postdoctoral Fellow with the top ranked abstract, discussed her work on "Developing sample preparation workflows and multiple reaction monitoring parameters in the design of a mass spectrometry method for detection of alpha-synuclein in cerebrospinal fluid”.
POSTER SESSION AND LUNCH AT ICORD
The poster session, which coincided with lunch, took place at ICORD, Blusson Spinal Cord Centre and offered an opportunity for networking, catching up with other, 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 TYPE 1 DIABETES
The Keynote’s address “Lessons from the Human Pancreas – Re-writing the textbooks on how and why Type 1 diabetes develops” was given by Dr. Mark Atkinson, currently the American Diabetes Association Eminent Scholar for Diabetes Research and the Jeffrey Keene Family Professor at The University of Florida. He also is the Director of the Diabetes Institute at the University of Florida.
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.
Oral Presentation Awards
"Assessment of identification methods for candida auris in Microbiology Laboratories in British Columbia"
"A deep learning approach for carcinoma identification and classification on tissue microarrays"
"A Comparison of GATA3, TTF1, calretinin and CD10 in identifying mesonephric carcinomas of the gynecologic tract"
"PBRM1 expression is lost in small cell carcinoma of the ovary hypercalcemic type"
Oral Presentation Awards
"Optimization of solid tumour perfusion can improve radiation therapy response by enhancing oxygen delivery"
"HIV-exposed uninfected (HEU) blood mtDNA content remains elevated from birth into early life (0-3y)"
"Argininosuccinate synthase deficient ovarian cancers are sensitive to arginine deprivation"
CELEBRATING OUR ACHIEVEMENTS
Congratulations to recently retired Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine faculty members.
- Dr. David Owen
- Dr. Valerie White
- Dr. Alex Magil
- Dr. Douglas Filipenko
Thank you for sharing your gifts and talents with us for so many years.
Poster Presentation Awards
"Uncovering immune changes that promote immune evasion in early lung cancer"
"Moderate-severe traumatic brain injury elicits injury-dependent neuropathological, biochemical, and electrophysiological changes in a biofidelic murine model of impact-acceleration head injury"
"Shorter cell subset telomeres in HIV slow progressors than in HIV non-slow progressor women"
(PhD, Integrative Oncology)
"Analysis of XIST as a sex-specific miRNA sponge in non-small cell lung cancer"
(PhD, Medical Genetics)
"Genomic characterization of adult-type granulosa cell tumours of the ovary: Are there features of importance beyond FOXL2?"
“Axl receptor tyrosine kinase regulates the expression of apolipoprotein E in human astrocytes”
Dutkevich Memorial Trust / Haydn Pritchard Award for the best Graduate Student Seminar in PATH 535/635
Pathology & Laboratory Medicine PATH 502 MVP Award
Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Gross to Nano Histopathology Award for Pathology 501"
UNDERGRADUATE & POSTGRADUATE
Poster Presentation Awards & Top Poster Power Pitch Award
"Gamma-delta T lymphocyte responses to primary EBV & CMV infection in Ugandan infants"
"Attenuation of granzyme B reduces tissue damage and improves functional recovery following spinal cord injury"
"High-density lipoproteins reduce amyloid-beta-deposition in a novel in vitro model of the human brain vasculature"
Top Poster Power Pitch Award "Coxsackievirus b3-induced reduction of intercalated disc proteins in viral pathogenesis"
The following faculty and staff were recognized with awards for their respective contributions to our department:
Excellence in Education
Clinical Assistant Professor
Excellence in Clinical Service
Clinical Associate Professor
Most Valuable Player
Research & Discovery
Early Career Research & Discovery
Staff Service (Tech)
Technical Practice Lead for Clinical Chemistry
Staff Service (Tech)
Team Lead in Pre- and Post-Analytic Laboratory
Staff Service (Admin)
LONGSTANDING SERVICE AWARDS
Department members recognized for their long-standing service to the university:
- Dr. Arun K. Garg 40 yrs
- Dr. Glenda Hendson 20 yrs
- Dr. Julie Irving 20 yrs
- Dr. Maria Issa 25 yrs
- Dr. Steven Kleinman 20 yrs
- Dr. Helga Klein-Parker 20 yrs
- Dr. Alexander Magil 40 yrs
- Dr. Andrew Minchinton 25 yrs
- Dr. Muhammad Morshed 20 yrs
- Dr. Susan Porter 25 yrs
- Dr. Miriam Rosin 35 yrs
- Dr. Chun Yong Seow 20 yrs
- Dr. Rusung Tan 20 yrs
- Dr. Decheng Yang 25 yrs
- Andrew Leung 35 yrs