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Welcome to Pathology's Bi-Weekly Bulletin | May 13, 2022

Congratulations to Dr. Julie Irving on her appointment as Regional Associate Academic Department Head for the Island Health

Dr. Irving is a subspecialty Gynecological Pathologist at the Royal Jubilee Hospital, and a Clinical Associate Professor in the UBC Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. After completion of Anatomical Pathology residency at UBC, and a fellowship in Gynecological Pathology at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and the Hospital de la Santa Creu I Sant Pau in Barcelona, Spain, Dr. Irving was on staff at the Vancouver General Hospital until 2007 when she re-located to Victoria with her family. She is a Consultant in Gynecological Pathology with the BC Cancer Agency, and an Associate Member of the UBC Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Her current role as the Discipline-Specific Site Leader in Pathology for the UBC Faculty of Medicine involves oversight and co-ordination of Anatomical Pathology resident electives as well as medical student small group and teaching sessions for the Island Medical Program. Dr. Irving has authored or co-authored numerous book chapters including the WHO Classification of Female Genital Tumours and Blaustein’s Pathology of the Female Genital Tract, has published over 40 refereed articles, and served as an Editorial Board member of the International Journal of Gynecological Pathology for 14 years. Dr. Irving looks forward to her new role as the Island Health Authority Regional Associate Academic Department Head, and working with past and new colleagues in this exciting endeavor.

Congratulations to Dr. Michelle Wong on her appointment as Associate Academic Department Head for Fraser Health Authority

Dr. Michelle Wong is originally from Calgary and subsequently moved to British Columbia to complete a B.Sc. in Biopsychology at UBC, her medical undergraduate degree at UBC and her postgraduate residency training in Hematological Pathology also at UBC. She has worked in Fraser Health since 2008 and enjoys a varied comprehensive clinical practice. She has served in numerous administrative roles including Division Head, Regional Medical Director for Hematopathology and is currently the Regional Medical Director for Transfusion Medicine. She is dedicated to and enjoys teaching medical students and residents sharing her love of Hematopathology! In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking, gardening and spending time with her friends and family.

Pathology Province-Wide Rounds

Book off 12-1 pm for every Friday for the Pathology Province-Wide Rounds | Location: (the same URL for all rounds). For Zoom information or any questions, please email Heleena Mistry. Rounds are recorded and available here.

Friday, May 13, 2022 from 12pm-1pm: *RESEARCH*

Speaker: Peter Zandstra – Director and Professor, School of Biomedical Engineering

Topic: "How Tissues are Built"

Friday, May 20, 2022 from 12pm-1pm: *CLINICAL*

Speaker: Dr. Titus Wong - Clinical Assistant Professor, Regional Medical Director of Infection Control and Dr. Jennifer Grant - Clinical Associate Professor, Medical Microbiologist and Infectious Diseases Physician, VGH

Topic: "COVID-19: Practice update and Preparations for the Summer/Fall"


  • review current provincial COVID-19 epidemiology;
  • review current provincial safety recommendations;
  • review current provincial COVID-19 therapy recommendations;
  • discuss provincial preparations for the fall.

Fourteen more days until PathDay

We look forward to the PathDay Conference as an important time to connect, share and learn together. NOTE: If you are planning to attend this event, please register in advance so we can plan accordingly conference page .


  • Dr. Tracy Tucker is a recipient of the prestigious 2021/2022 Killam Teaching Prize, which is awarded to UBC faculty in recognition of excellence in teaching. read more.. .
  • This year's Michael S. Bereman Award for Innovative Clinical Proteomics, sponsored by Agilent, was won by Dr. Mari DeMarco, a Clinical Chemist, at St. Paul's Hospital, Providence Health Care, Research Director, Providence Research, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, UBC, Investigator, and Center for Heart & Lung Innovation, UBC. The award was presented to Dr. DeMarco in recognition of her exemplary and cumulative work in this field read more.. .
  • Dr. Ying Wang has won a Heart and Stroke New Investigator Award for a research project entitled: "Targeting efferocytosis to reduce risk of cardiovascular events". Funding period: July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2025; faculty mentor for this award is Dr. Honglin Luo.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Cheryl, Wellington on receiving a new grant from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada for $291,488.

Research and awards funding opportunities

  • Faculty of Medicine is now accepting applications for this year’s New Faculty Research Award, valued at $10,000 per award maximum.

    Applicants must be in the first two years of their first full-time faculty appointment as Assistant Professor and higher, or a Clinical faculty appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor and higher in the UBC Faculty of Medicine. Previous awardees and applicants who have received $200,000 or more in Start Up Funds are ineligible for this opportunity. The funds may be used for research equipment, research supplies and/or research services (e.g. cost recovery payments to core equipment), and research support salaries (e.g. technical personnel). The application deadline is JUNE 17, 2022 at 5:00pm. Further information and the online application form is available on MedNet.

  • CCS Inclusive Excellence Prize – Reopening of call for nominations. CCS Awards for Excellence in Cancer Research – Inclusive Excellence Prize nominations open – due June 15, 2022.
  • Reminder: Funding Opportunity - CCS Accelerator Grants – Fast-tracking changes that matter for people affected by cancer – Abstracts due May 25, 2022.
  • Grant opportunities for EDI: as part of UBC’s commitment to advancing equity and inclusion across its campuses, faculty and staff are invited to submit a proposal to the Equity Enhancement Fund for projects that are responsive to community needs and advance one or more of the actions outlined in UBC’s Inclusion Action Plan. Equity Enhancement Fund - Call for Proposals

Big welcome to the new work learn students

We are pleased to welcome Lauren Rutherford, Riya Gandhi and Minh Anh Pham who have joined the pathology admin team for the summer term May 2 – Aug 31, 2022 as Work Learn students.

Lauren has just completed her 3rd year undergrad at UBC studying Health Sciences, and is looking to gain experience working in an office, and to find out more about medical education and public health.

Riya is going into her second-year and is excited to learn about science communication and working in administration.

Minh Anh is in her third year of completing a Bachelor of International Economics (BIE).

Highlighted events

  • Faculty of Medicine’s Career Day! This annual event provides postdoctoral fellows and graduate students in the Faculty of Medicine with the opportunity to connect and network with professionals working in a variety of different careers. read more..
  • SBME is excited to announce our latest lecture in the AI in Medicine miniseries created in partnership with BMIAI and BC Translational Digital Pathology. Our upcoming lecture of this series is on Thursday, May 19, 2022 from 11:00-11:55 (Pacific Time). We’ll hear from our speaker, Dr. Hamid R. Tizhoosh, who is a Professor in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo and a Professor at Mayo Clinic. For details on this talk, visit event page. our event page or download the attached iCal.