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Welcome to Pathology's Bi-Weekly Bulletin | March 2, 2023



Teaching in the BMLSc Program is a rewarding, satisfying way to contribute to the Department’s educational community. With recent changes, we have several openings for Course Coordinators (or Co-Coordinators) and Instructors.

  • PATH 301: Basic and Physical Biochemistry for Medical Laboratory Scientists Winter Term 2: We are seeking two section leads/instructors for the course, one to teach the Carbohydrates section (~10 hours of teaching, plus exam prep and marking) and another to teach the Bioenergetics section (~6 hours of teaching, plus exam prep and marking). Contact the PATH 301 Course Coordinator, Dr. Bradley Coe at bradley.coe@cw.bc.ca if you are interested.
  • PATH 405: Seminars in Current Topics Winter Term 1 & 2: 3 hours per week (on one afternoon, not lecturing!). This is a unique, student-centred capstone course. Students in PATH 405 learn to teach effectively, find best-evidence literature to answer well-constructed questions, think critically, write clearly and focus on what is important, provide constructive feedback to their peers and appraise their own performance. We are seeking a faculty member who would be part of the coordination team and who would enjoy mentoring, being a role model, providing constructive and instructive feedback and seizing teachable moments. Each year we are rewarded by witnessing remarkable progress as students develop their professional skills and become successful future contributors and leaders. In long-term follow-up surveys of our graduates this course is often cited as being among the most memorable and useful. Contact Dr. Amanda Bradley if you are interested or would like more information abradley@pathology.ubc.ca.
  • PATH 404: Diagnostic Histochemistry A main focus of the course is for students to apply theoretical knowledge of the chemical mechanisms of histochemical procedures to the design of histochemical experiments. We are seeking an instructor to teach the sessions "In situ hybridization histochemistry" and/or "applications of immunohistochemistry". Please contact the PATH 404 Course Coordinator, Dr. Narges Hadjesfandiari narges.hadjesfandiar@blood.ca.
  • PATH 438: Directed Studies We are seeking a Course Coordinator. For more information contact either the current Coordinator, Dr. Chun Seow at chun.seow@hli.ubc.ca or abradley@pathology.ubc.ca.
  • PATH 375: Introduction to Human Pathology We are offering this course in both terms next year and are seeking instructors to join the teaching team. If you are interested in teaching 2 or more sessions of Human Pathology, please contact either Dr. Mike Nimmo michael.nimmo@vch.ca or Dr. Amanda Bradley abradley@pathology.ubc.ca. We are seeking a Course Coordinator for Term 1 as well.
In most cases previous teaching materials will be passed along, with permission of the past Coordinators or instructors, providing a good foundation to build on. If you would like to discuss other areas of teaching in the BMLSc Program, please email abradley@pathology.ubc.ca.



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

  • Friday, Mar 2, 2023 from 12pm-1pm *CLINICAL*

    The Rounds are cancelled this week.

  • Friday, Mar 17, 2023 from 12pm-1pm *DEPARTMENTAL BUSINESS*

    Gang Wang re David Hardwick Pathology Learning Centre (DHPLC)



  • Kevin L. Bennewith: Decotret LR, Shi R, Thomas KN, Hsu M, Pallen CJ, Bennewith KL. Development and validation of an advanced ex vivo brain slice invasion assay to model glioblastoma cell invasion into the complex brain microenvironment. Front Oncol. 2023 Jan 26;13:976945. doi: 10.3389/fonc.2023.976945. PMID: 36793608; PMCID: PMC9923402.
  • Stephen Yip: Dixon, K., Shen, Y., O’Neill, K. et al. Defining the heterogeneity of unbalanced structural variation underlying breast cancer susceptibility by nanopore genome sequencing. Eur J Hum Genet (2023).
  • Stephen Yip: Laghaei Farimani P, Rebchuk AD, Chang SJ, Yip S, Hawkins C, Ailon TT. Malignant transformation of adult-onset pilocytic astrocytoma to diffuse leptomeningeal glioneuronal tumor within the thoracic spine: a case report and review of the literature. Acta Neurochir (Wien). 2023 Feb 18. doi: 10.1007/s00701-023-05529-2. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36808007.
  • Cheryl Wellington: Tabor J, Penner L, Cooper J, Ghodsi M, Galarneau JM, Fraser DD, Emery C, Wellington CL, Debert CT. Characterizing factors influencing baseline plasma biomarkers for sport-related concussion in youth. J Neurotrauma. 2023 Feb 27. doi: 10.1089/neu.2022.0501. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36852497.



CIHR 📢 announced two new funding opportunities focused on dementia, brain health and cognitive impairment in aging.

  • Operating Grant : Mechanisms in Brain Aging and Dementia
  • Operating Grant : BHCIA: Knowledge Synthesis and Mobilization Grants



Every year, scientists like Dr. Sorensen make discoveries with lifesaving potential. Here’s how their ideas become patient-ready treatments. When researchers discover a potential new treatment for a disease like prostate cancer or diabetes, their scientific breakthrough begins a six-step journey from the laboratory to the patient, arriving in the form of lifesaving medicine.



  • UBC's new online course "ISO 15189:2022 What labs need to know about the changes" is now open for enrollment!
  • BMLSc Alumnus to receive UBC Alumni Builder Award
  • AP worked with Zach Rothman (UBC Video & Digital Media), to create a short 2 min video to promote the AP residency program. We’re really excited to share this with you all. It’s just been released READ MORE
    This couldn’t have been done without our residents, Drs. Collin Pryma, Spencer Martin & Saba Vafaei-Nodeh, Staff Pathologist Dr Julia Flint, and Research Tech Shelby Thornton & of course Zac Rothman & his team who worked so hard on this. Thank you all.
    Special Thanks also to: Kristy Dastur – Lab Lead, BC Cancer Generics Laboratory; Dr. Tracy Tucker - Clinical Molecular Geneticist & Cytogeneticist, Cancer Genetics Laboratory, BC Cancer Agency; Dr. Ian Bosdet – Clinical Molecular Geneticist, Cancer Genetics Laboratory, BC Cancer Agency; Dr. David Farnell; Erica Simpson, Communications Leader, Vancouver Coastal Health; Rachel Galligan, Vancouver Coastal Health Public Affairs; Vancouver Coastal Health.
    We also worked with Zac on one for HemePath a couple of year ago. Here’s the link to that one too: READ MORE



PATHOLOGY DAY - JUNE 1, 2023 This year's Pathology Day will feature lectures and keynotes on artificial intelligence, with an emphasis on machine learning, deep learning and related approaches topic. Mark your calendars and get ready to connect with researchers in your community.


The webpage for the Pathology Day conference is now active and accessible. We encourage you to check back frequently for the most up-to-date information on deadlines and the conference schedule.


  • IBPOC STEM Network Spring Social On March 2, attend the IBPOC STEM Network Spring Social! ❤️ Open to faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellow, or graduate student who identifies as an IBPOC woman or gender-diverse person.

  • Plug Yourself into UBC Research - March 9, 2023 Meet the people that make UBC a top-40 research university and explore how you can get involved.

  • Plug Yourself into UBC Research: a Series for Undergraduate Students- March 16, 2023 Meet the people that make UBC a top-40 research university and explore how you can get involved.

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