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Welcome to Pathology's Bi-Weekly Bulletin | November 4, 2022

Invitation to join Strategic Planning lead groups

Dear Department Members,
As part of the UBC Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine’s strategic planning process, we have identified strategic priorities in

  • Research
  • Education
  • Collaboration
  • Engagement and Equity
The next step is for the lead groups in each of these areas to translate the strategic direction into specific prioritized actions for the next three-five years in their respective areas of focus and to identify cross-cutting initiatives or themes. If you are interested in joining one of these lead groups, please contact Genevieve MacMillan by 5 pm on November 4th and let her know which group you would like to join.

Thank you for those who have completed the online survey regarding your thoughts and comments about the department’s proposed strategic priorities. If you have not had a chance to complete the survey we would welcome your feedback.

Watch a recording of the DEPARTMENT TOWN HALL: Creating our Strategic Plan (Oct 28th). recording

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, November 4, 2022 from 12pm-1pm: *RESEARCH*

Speaker: Dr. Wan Lam, Director of the Interdisciplinary Oncology Program at BC Cancer Research and Professor at UBC

Topic: “Understanding Lung Cancer Molecular Biology in Smokers and Non-smokers”


  • to gain understanding on current research in lung cancer molecular biology;
  • to gain understanding of how lung cancer in smokers and never smokers may develop through different genetic mechanisms

Friday, November 11, 2022 from 12pm-1pm: This week is Remembrance Day, so there will be no Rounds.

Selected Recent Publications

  • Aparicio Lab "Single-Cell Genome Sequencing Provides New Insights into Deadly Cancers".
    The study, which was conducted at the Aparicio Lab at BCCRI in collaboration with researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, was recently published in Nature . Read More
  • David F Schaeffer "Integrative analysis of KRAS wildtype metastatic pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma reveals mutation and expression-based similarities to cholangiocarcinoma". Nat Commun. 2022 Oct 8;13(1):5941. doi: 10.1038/s41467-022-33718-7. .

Awards and Recognition

  • Two of Dr. Mari DeMarco's grad students recently won abstract awards:
    Khushbu Patel was awarded Best Abstract in the Master’s “Diagnosis & Treatment” category at the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging Partners Forum and Science Days (CCNA PFSD) 2022 and
    Cyril Helbling was awarded Best Abstract in the Doctoral, MD/PhD “Diagnosis & Treatment” category at the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging Partners Forum and Science Days (CCNA PFSD) 2022. Congratulations!

Upcoming Awards & Honours Deadlines

  • Doctors of BC Don Rix Award for Service
    Read More Submission deadline: November 4, 2022

  • UBC Killam Postdoctoral Fellow Research Prize
    Read More Submission deadline: December 7, 2022

  • YWCA Women of Distinction Award
    Read More Submission deadline: December 2, 2022

Highlighted Events

  • Positive Space: Foundations
    The Positive Space: Foundations online course provides low-barrier access for students, staff, and faculty to learn about sex, sexuality, and gender diversity. Read More