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  • Funding: 2021 NSERC competition results in more than $1M for research initiatives

    September 23, 2021
    Lisa Cameron, PhD and Parisa Shooshtari, PhD and Zia Khan, PhD, were awarded funding through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada 2021 Discovery Grant Competition.

  • Western launches action plan and Task Force on Sexual Violence and Student Safety

    September 17, 2021
    In response to concerns about student safety and sexual violence on campus, Western University is launching a new student safety action plan. The action plan will increase safety and security on campus by introducing new security measures, including hiring new special constables, enhancing security patrols, and implementing mandatory in-person sexual violence awareness and prevention training for all students in residence.

  • Take Care Western

    September 14, 2021
    In light of the alarming events on campus this past weekend, we would like to reassure the PaLM community that there are supports in place for faculty, staff and learners who may be impacted. We encourage anyone who feels they need support to reach out to family, friends, a colleague or to resource staff on- or off-campus.

  • Yiming Lin completes his MSc Thesis

    September 09, 2021
    The Department of Pathology and Laboratory of Medicine would like to offer congratulations to Yiming Lin, who has completed his MSc in Pathology.

  • Adam Greasley completes his MSc Thesis

    September 07, 2021
    The Department of Pathology and Laboratory of Medicine would like to offer congratulations to Adam Greasley, who has completed his MSc in Pathology.

  • Chukwuebuka Osuji completes his MSc Thesis

    August 26, 2021
    The Department of Pathology and Laboratory of Medicine would like to offer congratulations to Ebuka Osuji, who has completed his MSc in Pathology.

  • Learner Perspectives: MD/PhD Candidate Kara Ruicci on the connection between the arts, research and medicine

    August 25, 2021
    In her sixth year of the MD/PhD program at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, Kara Ruicci is at an exciting point in her training. As she looks toward residency, she draws inspiration from the artistic process – a unique combination of vision, intuition, critical thinking and collaboration.

  • Mei Yuan completes her MSc Thesis

    August 23, 2021
    The Department of Pathology and Laboratory of Medicine would like to offer congratulations to Mei (Mabel) Yuan, who has completed her MSc in Pathology.

  • Awards: Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship recipients announced

    August 16, 2021
    Congratulations to Peter Zeng, a recipient of the prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. Peter is an MD/PhD candidate in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine working with Dr. Anthony Nichols on research in HPV-related head and neck cancer.

  • Western to Require Proof of Vaccination for Campus Community

    August 12, 2021
    Western University and affiliated colleges Brescia, Huron and King’s are requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for students, staff and faculty, as part of a new policy to further protect the campus community.

  • Data Driven Dementia Prevention

    August 10, 2021
    Congratulations to Dr. Stephanie Frisbee, who will co-lead the epidemiological work on a collaborative project aimed at preventing and reducing the occurrence of dementia among Canadians by developing models for prevention. The international team of researchers led by Dr. Vladimir Hachinski, has received a Weston Family Foundation’s Transformational Research 2020 Grant for its dementia prevention research.

  • Hayley Good completes her PhD Thesis

    July 29, 2021
    The Department of Pathology and Laboratory of Medicine would like to offer congratulations to Hayley Good, who has completed her PhD in Pathology.

  • Opiyo Oloya to lead Western’s equity work

    July 22, 2021
    A renowned advocate for social justice and human rights, Opiyo Oloya has been named Western's first associate vice-president of equity, diversity and inclusion, effective August 30.

  • WORLDiscoveries and Western Entrepreneurship’s Innovation Ambassadors

    July 19, 2021
    WORLDiscoveries and Western Entrepreneurship’s Innovation Ambassadors are hosting a new speaker series for all faculty and students which will feature faculty members from across campus and special guest panelists from industry discussing research innovation here at Western and in the local community.

  • The Dr. Subrata Chakrabarti MClSc PA student Award of Excellence

    July 15, 2021
    Congratulations to Larisa Golinowski and Keeley Burnside, recipients of the Dr. Subrata Chakrabarti MCISc Pathologists’ Assistant Student Award of Excellence.

  • MClSc-PA Program Cake and Tea Celebration

    July 13, 2021
    Congratulations to our six PA students of the 2021 Graduating Class! On June 29, the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine held a cake and tea reception to congratulate our new graduates.

  • Western Invests 6 Million to Support New EDI Initiatives

    July 05, 2021
    Continuing its commitment in response to the final report of the Anti-Racism Working Group, Western is investing a total of $6 million to support new equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) initiatives.

  • The Citizen Project: Youth Sport

    June 25, 2021
    Meet Linda Jackson-Boeters, Departmental Technician with the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. Recognizing the value sport brings to the lives of children and young people, she has dedicated years of service to youth soccer in the London community. She currently serves as the Fields Director for the Byron Optimist Soccer Club.

  • American Society for Clinical Pathology Student Scholarship

    June 25, 2021
    Congratulations to Melissa Yeo, MCISc Candidate in the Pathologists’ Assistant Program, who has received a Laboratory Student Scholarship awarded by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Foundation’s Scholarship Fund.

  • Feature: Improving training in Indigenous health is a journey not a check-box

    June 24, 2021
    New research from Schulich Medicine & Dentistry shows cultural training programs need more than just filling knowledge gaps.

  • Using a One Health approach to examine the health impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on mothers and their new babies

    June 18, 2021
    Scientists and students, including Dr. Stephanie Frisbee and Mei Yuan (MSc Candidate in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine), are investigating the possible health impacts on mothers and their babies who were born or will be born during the pandemic.

  • Asieh Alikhah completes her MSc Thesis

    June 16, 2021
    The Department of Pathology and Laboratory of Medicine would like to offer congratulations to Asieh Alikhah who recently completed her MSc in Pathology.

  • Seismic Shift by G7 in Recognizing One Health as Critical to Everyone’s Health

    June 14, 2021
    Momentous events are occurring in global health, with perhaps the most significant, at least the rhetorical recognition that the interface between animal-human-environmental health is at the crux of our future health. In short, One Health is now recognized by the G7 as critical to everyone’s health. This is recognition at the highest political levels in developed countries.

  • Schulich Medicine & Dentistry stands with the Muslim community

    June 09, 2021
    We at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry join colleagues across Western University in shock and profound sadness in response to the racist, Islamophobic attack on a London family. This was an unspeakable and senseless act of hatred against members of the Muslim community.

  • Residential School Remains Could Reveal How 215 Children Lived — and Died

    June 04, 2021
    Dr. Rebekah Jacques was featured in a recent National Post article entitled “Residential school remains could reveal how 215 children lived — and died.”

  • Expanding the Undergraduate One Health Program

    May 30, 2021
    With a vision to expand the One Health Program, the Faculty of Science, the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, and the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (One Health) brought their expertise together to develop and officially launch the undergraduate One Health Major in the fall of 2021.

  • Feature: Mentorship Program enriches medical school experience for LGBTQ+ students

    May 26, 2021
    When Dr. Rachelle Beanlands started clinical rotations as part of her medical school training, how and if to discuss her sexuality with her colleagues weighed heavily on her.

  • COVID-19 lab testing at LHSC surpasses 1 million mark

    May 26, 2021
    Serving people across southwestern Ontario, the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (PaLM) team at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) has surpassed a notable milestone, processing more than one million COVID-19 tests to-date.

  • Rebecca Sullivan completes her PhD Thesis

    May 13, 2021
    The Department of Pathology and Laboratory of Medicine would like to offer congratulations to Rebecca Sullivan, who has completed her PhD in Pathology.

  • Sonja DiGregorio completes her PhD Thesis

    May 10, 2021
    The Department of Pathology and Laboratory of Medicine would like to offer congratulations to Sonja DiGregorio, who has completed her PhD in Pathology.

  • Vy Ngo completes her PhD Thesis

    May 07, 2021
    The Department of Pathology and Laboratory of Medicine would like to offer congratulations to Vy Ngo, who has completed her PhD in Pathology.

  • LHSC Introduces Variant of Concern Screening as Part of COVID-19 Lab Testing Services

    May 06, 2021
    The Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (PaLM) team at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) has introduced routine Variant of Concern (VOC) screening as part of its COVID-19 lab testing services. PaLM is now performing VOC screening on all samples received from southwestern Ontario that test positive for COVID-19.

  • PaLM Faculty Award Recipients

    April 30, 2021
    In April, four faculty members in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine were recognized for their outstanding contributions to education, leadership, research, and service. It is with great pride that we honour their achievements and extend our congratulations.

  • Feature: 900,000+ COVID-19 tests processed by PaLM Microbiology Division

    April 29, 2021
    From overcoming supply shortages to an ever-growing demand for tests, the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Microbiology lab has met the challenge of providing COVID-19 testing for all of Southwestern Ontario, processing more tests than they would in 150 years of regular flu seasons.

  • Children’s Health Foundation CHRI Scientist of the Year Award

    April 27, 2021
    Congratulations to Dr. Bekim Sadikovic who received the Children’s Health Foundation CHRI Scientist of the Year Award. This award is for the project entitled "Identification of structural signatures in the genome to diagnose childhood diseases."

  • 2021 Departmental Award Recipients

    April 22, 2021
    On behalf of departmental committees overseeing graduate education and resident training, we are pleased to announce the results of our 2021 Departmental Awards.

  • PaLM Research Day Award Recipients

    April 21, 2021
    We would like to take this opportunity to once again thank our faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars, clinical fellows, residents, graduate students, and undergraduate learners for their participation in our Research Day on April 7, 2021.

  • Edward G. Pleva Award for Excellence in Teaching

    April 16, 2021
    Congratulations to Dr. Michele Weir on receiving the prestigious Edward G. Pleva Award for Excellence in Teaching. This award recognizes Western University’s top educators and celebrates excellence in teaching, mentorship, educational leadership, and curricular innovation.

  • National Medical Laboratory Week – April 11-17, 2021

    April 12, 2021
    The Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science sponsors a special week in April to promote awareness and understanding of the role of medical laboratory professionals in the health care system.

  • A Message of Gratitude from Dean Yoo

    April 08, 2021
    On April 12, the fall/winter term for the academic year will come to an end for some of Schulich Medicine & Dentistry’s programs. Many students will be moving into their final examinations and the Classes of 2021 will have eyes on their graduation in June.

  • PaLM Research Day 2021

    March 31, 2021
    We are excited to announce that the details of our 2021 Research Day are now available online! This year’s event on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 is fully virtual. You can find the schedule, abstracts and Zoom links on our Research Day website.

  • Collaborative Research Seed Grant Funding

    March 31, 2021
    Congratulations to the interdisciplinary teams who received Collaborative Research Seed Grant Funding, including Dr. Parisa Shooshtari and Dr. Qi Zhang.

  • Tuberculosis Animal-to-Human Transmission

    March 30, 2021
    Dr. Francisco Olea-Popelka argues that to eliminate TB entirely, we must look at the zoonotic form of the disease, more common than once thought.

  • 1 Year Anniversary of COVID-19 Testing

    March 22, 2021
    Congratulations to PaLM for the 1 year anniversary of COVID-19 testing! On March 18, 2020, PaLM performed the first COVID-19 PCR test on-site after an incredibly rapid test development and implementation process.

  • Learner Perspectives: Dr. Natasha Holder on mentorship in oral and maxillofacial surgery

    March 17, 2021
    Dr. Natasha Holder is a second-year resident in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. She believes mentorship is key in making change in the field and is mentoring female students in dentistry with an interest in surgery. “They can’t be us, if they can’t see us.”

  • Feature: New software provides detailed picture of COVID-19 virus variants

    March 15, 2021
    Genomic surveillance programs around the world are collecting data on how the virus that causes COVID-19 is mutating and changing as it moves through the population. Globally, more than 300,000 unique genetic versions of the virus have been identified. Visually representing that in a way that is accessible and easy to understand is at the core of a software application called CoVizu developed by a team in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

  • WPA Health and Wellness Challenge

    March 04, 2021
    The WPA, along with Pathology Health and Wellness Ambassadors Michael Roes and Liam Ratushny, hosted a one-week challenge encouraging students to take part in daily activities that focused on personal health and well-being.

  • PaLM Merchandise

    March 04, 2021
    It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for, the PaLM merchandise order form is here! Have a look, we have lots to choose from this year including sweatpants, baseball-styled cap, hoodies, ¼ zip sweaters, and crewnecks!

  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Ambassador

    February 26, 2021
    As the inaugural Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Ambassador for PaLM, it is hard to believe that it has only been 2 months since I accepted this role.

  • One Health in Action

    February 22, 2021
    One Health researchers received a Western Strategic Support Grant to explore and understand the experiences of Community Health Volunteers as agents of behaviour change in the context of human and zoonotic tuberculosis at the intersection of human, animal and environmental health among the Maasai of Kajiado County, Kenya.

  • Congratulations to Mike Kadour

    February 17, 2021
    It is with great excitement we announce Dr. Mike Kadour (PhD) as the successful candidate to the newly established role of Chief Laboratory Officer in service to the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (PaLM) team and our patients across Southwestern Ontario and beyond.

  • PaLM at 10000/Day Test Capacity

    February 12, 2021
    Approximately one year ago, the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine began its pandemic response with capacity to test 300 samples daily for what was then referred to as Novel Coronavirus. One year later, following the rebuild of the lab, new equipment, and extensive recruitment, training, and optimization, PaLM now has daily capacity for 10,000 COVID-19 tests.

  • Peer Support and Wellbeing Liaison

    February 10, 2021
    Dr. Michele Weir has been appointed as the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine’s Peer Support and Wellbeing Liaison effective January 1, 2021.

  • The Second Annual Translational Immuno-Oncology Symposium

    February 08, 2021
    The Second Annual Translational Immuno-Oncology Symposium will be held on Tuesday, February 9, 2021. The symposium is an international, virtual event hosted by the Centre for Translational Cancer Research (CTCR).

  • Expert Explainer: Art Poon, PhD, on coronavirus ‘variants of concern’

    February 03, 2021
    As new coronavirus variants emerge, scientists are keeping a close eye on how the virus continues to evolve. According to Art Poon, PhD, unless we can mitigate the spread of the virus, there is a greater chance it will continue to mutate and produce more "variants of concern."

  • Western's 7th Annual Indigenous Awareness Week

    January 27, 2021
    Western's 7th Annual Indigenous Awareness Week will be held virtually from February 1-6, 2021. Indigenous Awareness Week (IAW) seeks to celebrate Western's Indigenous presence, nurture relationships, and facilitate collaborations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

  • Research Grant Success

    January 25, 2021
    Congratulations to Dr. Lisa Cameron, Dr. Gerald McKinley, Dr. Francisco Olea-Popelka, Dr. Qi Zhang and Dr. Liena Zhao on recent research grant success.

  • 2021 Awards of Excellence: Nominate a deserving individual today

    January 22, 2021
    Take part in celebrating and recognizing the outstanding contributions of faculty and staff at Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry with an Award of Excellence.

  • Dr. George M. Cherian

    January 14, 2021
    Formosa HMT Biotech, established and registered in 2016, has developed a low-cost, affordable, patented process for the manufacture of high capacity Zinc hypoMTTM Metallothionein (“hypoMTs”) that supplements and boosts the body’s ability to defend against and reverse damage caused by oxidative stress. Chief Scientist for Formosa, Dr. George M. Cherian, a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, has been a part of the Formosa HMT Biotech company since its infancy.

  • Welcome Dr. Christina Castellani

    January 05, 2021
    Dr. Christina Castellani, PhD, joins the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in January 2021 as an Assistant Professor.

  • Benjamin Rogala completes his MSc Thesis

    January 04, 2021
    The Department of Pathology and Laboratory of Medicine would like to offer congratulations to Benjamin Rogala who recently completed his MSc in Pathology.

  • Closed for the Holidays

    December 23, 2020
    The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Office will be closed for the holiday break from December 23 to January 4 at 8:30 am. We wish you a happy holidays and a wonderful new year!

  • Award: Trainee wins top oral presentation from Clinician Investigator Trainee Association

    December 21, 2020
    Kara Ruicci, MD/PhD, Class of 2022, received the Top Oral Presentation Award at the Clinician Investigator Trainee Association 2020 general meeting.

  • Dr. M.E. Kirk Teaching Award and Staff Awards of Excellence 2020

    December 17, 2020
    Congratulations to the recipient of the Dr. M.E. Kirk Teaching Award, Dr. Rob Hammond, and the recipients of the 2020 London Pathology Associates (LPA) Staff Awards of Excellence, Cheryl Campbell and Stephanie Abel.

  • GISAID Recognition for Dr. Poon and Members of his Bioinformatics Lab

    December 14, 2020
    Congratulations to Dr. Art Poon and members of his bioinformatics lab, who have developed a new "real time" analysis and visualization system for SARS-CoV-2 genomes. This month, their web application CoVizu was officially recognized by the GISAID Initiative.

  • 2020 Lawson Impact Award

    December 03, 2020
    Congratulations to Dr. Bekim Sadikovic, recipient of a 2020 Lawson Impact Award. Dr. Sadikovic received the Dr. Joseph Gilbert Research Contribution Award for his publication, "Diagnostic Utility of Genome-wide DNA Methylation Testing in Genetically Unsolved Individuals with Suspected Hereditary Conditions" in the American Journal of Human Genetics.

  • Spotlight on One Health

    November 27, 2020
    November was an exciting month for One Health. Our spotlight article features a summary on how we marked One Health Day on November 3rd and highlights presentations of student research close to home and across the globe.

  • 2020 Paterson Lecture

    November 27, 2020
    Our 2020 Paterson Lecture was held on Thursday, November 19. Although this year posed unique challenges related to SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and limitations on in-person participation, the essence of our high-profile marquee event was maintained. Our invited guest, Dr. Gregg Semenza, is a Professor of Pediatrics, Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences, Biological Chemistry, Medicine, and Oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

  • 2020 Joint Medical Advisory Committee Award

    November 26, 2020
    Congratulations to Dr. Michael Payne, co-recipient of the 2020 Joint Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) Award for demonstrating qualities of leadership and for providing outstanding contributions to the success of initiatives aligning with the strategic directions of both LHSC and St. Joseph’s. Dr. Payne shares this award with Dr. Michael Silverman.

  • Wellness at Western resumes - with a twist

    November 23, 2020
    PaLM staff find creative ways to stay well and connected during the pandemic.

  • Congratulations to Dr. Rebekah Jacques

    November 16, 2020
    Congratulations to Dr. Rebekah Jacques who has been appointed to the Tri-agencies’ Research Reference Group for the Appropriate Review of Indigenous Research.

  • Virtual Fall Preview Day

    November 13, 2020
    Join us for Virtual Fall Preview Day on Sunday, November 15, 2020. Learn about Western’s undergraduate programs including the Bachelor of Medical Sciences Program!

  • Feature: Chasing their dream

    November 12, 2020
    Curious, passionate and driven, Drs. Natasha Holder and Ji Hyun Han are embracing their six-year journey to become Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons as they complete their surgical residency and MSc and MD degrees.

  • Jenna Fortunato completes her MSc Thesis

    November 04, 2020
    The Department of Pathology and Laboratory of Medicine would like to offer congratulations to Jenna Fortunato who recently completed her MSc in Pathology.

  • Sock Drive

    October 30, 2020
    We are planning a Pre-Christmas Charity Sock-Drive for 519 Pursuit, which is a non-profit organization. They will accept socks for men, women, and children.

  • Halloween Costume Contest

    October 30, 2020
    The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine encouraged faculty and staff to dress up in costumes this Halloween. There were prizes for the top costume in each category. 

  • Welcome Dr. Fatimah AlMutawa

    October 29, 2020
    Welcome Dr. Fatimah AlMutawa, MBBS, FRCPC, who joined the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in October 2020 as a Medical Microbiologist.

  • Anti-racism advisors: Paving the way for change

    October 27, 2020
    As special advisors on anti-racism, Nicole Kaniki and Bertha Garcia are laying the foundation for an interim advisory council on equity, diversity and inclusion at Western.

  • Welcome Dr. Laila Schenkel

    October 23, 2020
    Welcome Laila Schenkel, PhD, who joined the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine as a Molecular Geneticist in the Division of Molecular Diagnostics.

  • The Eyes of Future Generations

    October 19, 2020
    Climate change is already impacting health and patient care across Canada. Faculty members and learners are advocating for more sustainable practices, curriculum changes and interdisciplinary solutions to address the issue.

  • The Ontario Epilepsy Genetic Testing Program

    October 09, 2020
    Effective October 1, 2020, PaLM Molecular Diagnostics will become the central lab for the Ontario Epilepsy Genetic Testing Program (OEGTP). The introduction of the Ontario Epilepsy Genetics Testing Program allows for full patriation of genetic testing for epilepsy at London Health Sciences Centre.

  • 'Western, you guys are amazing': Premier praises university's COVID-19 labs

    October 05, 2020
    Western University’s labs may soon be processing COVID-19 tests as part of a partnership with the province as the second local wave of the pandemic drives demand to unprecedented levels.

  • Rebecca Dang completes her MSc Thesis

    September 28, 2020
    The Department of Pathology and Laboratory of Medicine would like to offer congratulations to Rebecca Dang who recently completed her MSc in Pathology.

  • CIHR Project Grants

    September 25, 2020
    Congratulations to all of the successful recipients of CIHR Project Grants (Spring Competition 2020) including those in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

  • Nima Nalin completes her MSc Thesis

    September 23, 2020
    The Department of Pathology and Laboratory of Medicine would like to offer congratulations to Nima Nalin who recently completed her MSc in Pathology.

  • Hind Amzil completes her MSc Thesis

    September 17, 2020
    The Department of Pathology and Laboratory of Medicine would like to offer congratulations to Hind Amzil who recently completed her MSc in Pathology.

  • John Palmer completes his MSc Thesis

    September 15, 2020
    The Department of Pathology and Laboratory of Medicine would like to offer congratulations to John Palmer, who has completed his MSc in Pathology.

  • Canadian Blood Services Intramural Research Grant Program

    September 11, 2020
    Congratulations to Dr. Ziad Solh and a team of Ontario researchers who received an Intramural Research Grant from Canadian Blood Services for their project “Revisiting the universal donor: Does exposure to O blood products affect patient outcomes?”

  • Connor Chato completes his MSc Thesis

    September 10, 2020
    The Department of Pathology and Laboratory of Medicine would like to offer congratulations to Connor Chato, who has completed his MSc in Pathology.

  • Christine Caron completes her MSc Thesis

    September 04, 2020
    The Department of Pathology and Laboratory of Medicine would like to offer congratulations to Christine Caron who recently completed her MSc in Pathology.

  • CIHR National Poster Presentation

    August 24, 2020
    Congratulations to Saumik Biswas, PhD for winning an Award of Excellence (Silver Category) at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research National Research Poster presentation on August 25, 2020.

  • Dr. Solh: Testing the Benefit of Antibodies from People Recovered from COVID-19

    August 24, 2020
    Dr. Ziad Solh, Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Lawson Associate Scientist, and Hematologist and Transfusion Medicine Specialist at London Health Sciences Centre, is the local PI in a national clinical trial to test if COVID-19 convalescent plasma could be a safe and effective treatment option for patients with the virus.

  • London, Ont., Hospital-Based Lab Marks Coronavirus Testing Capacity Milestone

    August 24, 2020
    The London-based Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (PaLM) team, which serves southwestern Ontario and beyond, has gone from processing 50 coronavirus tests per day in mid-March to more than 3,000 per day in August, with plans to further expand testing capacity, according to the London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC).

  • Saumik Biswas completes his PhD Thesis

    August 11, 2020
    The Department of Pathology and Laboratory of Medicine would like to offer congratulations to Saumik Biswas, who has completed his PhD in Pathology.

  • Nicole Kaniki and Bertha Garcia named special advisors on anti-racism

    August 06, 2020
    Dr. Nicole Kaniki and Dr. Bertha Garcia will help Western lay the foundation for a sustained strategy to combat racism on campus.

  • Lawson Scientist and Her Lab Recognized with Canadian Research Awards of Excellence

    July 30, 2020
    Dr. Cindy Hutnik and her team were honored to recently receive a number of national research awards from the Canadian Ophthalmological Society and the Canadian Glaucoma Society.

  • Farzad Asadi Jomnani completes his PhD Thesis

    July 21, 2020
    The Department of Pathology and Laboratory of Medicine would like to offer congratulations to Farzad Asadi Jomnani, who has completed his PhD in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

  • Retirement: Dr. Candace Gibson

    July 10, 2020
    We extend our congratulations and best wishes to Dr. Candace Gibson on her retirement from Western University, effective July 1, 2020, after 38 years of dedicated service.

  • Welcome Dr. Matthew Cecchini

    July 04, 2020
    Dr. Matthew Cecchini MD, PhD, FRCPC, joined the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in July 2020 as an Anatomical Pathologist. Dr. Cecchini’s clinical interests include pulmonary, head and neck and molecular pathology.

  • Retirement: Dr. Norman B. Smith

    June 26, 2020
    Congratulations to Dr. Norman B. Smith on his retirement on June 30th after 37 years of service working in the Toxicology & Therapeutic Drug Monitoring (TDM) section of Clinical Biochemistry.

  • Undergraduate Student Awards

    June 26, 2020
    Congratulations to all of our top undergraduate students who won awards this year.

  • 2020 Annual Resident Award of Excellence

    June 23, 2020
    Congratulations to Chris Tran on being awarded the 2020 Annual Resident Award of Excellence!

  • PaLM Senior Leadership Sponsors Pizza Lunch/Dinner in Appreciation of all PaLM staff

    June 22, 2020
    On June 12, 2020, PaLM staff were treated to a pizza lunch and dinner across all sites in appreciation for their continued dedication and commitment to caring for our patients.

  • Passion for the past leads grad to future

    June 18, 2020
    PaLM and One Health student Sanghun (Justin) Kim was busy digging up the past, he was looking forward to the future. Pursing both a bachelor’s degree in Medical Sciences and a major in Classical Studies, Kim has an appreciation for how the two naturally intersect.

  • Signs and Printing

    June 15, 2020
    Do you need signage for your department? Here are a few posters that could be customized and printed for your department.

  • Dr. Bertha Garcia has been extended as Acting Vice Dean & Director, Dentistry

    May 27, 2020
    Dr. Bertha Garcia has been extended as Acting Vice Dean & Director, Dentistry, effective until May 31, 2021. She is recognized as an exceptional educator and academic leader. Congratulations!

  • Exciting News In One Health

    May 26, 2020
    We are proud to share that Mabel Yuan, a Master's student in One Health at PaLM has recently been awarded the Canadian Institute of Health Research Frederick Banting and Charles Best Graduate Scholarship Master's Award (CGS-M) for her continued work in maternal health.

  • COVID-19 Research Grant Success

    May 24, 2020
    Congratulations to the following faculty members Dr. Lloy Wylie, Dr. Michael Knauer and Dr. Tianqing Peng for their success in recent COVID-related research competitions.

  • Testing for COVID-19

    May 19, 2020
    In mid-March it became clear that COVID-19 testing was going to be needed at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC). LHSC’s Microbiology Lab was ready to rise to the challenge of implementing a new test and everything that came with it, including new equipment, new processes, new team members and long hours. The lab is now providing support to all of South Western Ontario.

  • Seana Hill completes her MSc Thesis

    May 12, 2020
    The Department of Pathology and Laboratory of Medicine would like to offer congratulations to Seana Hill who recently completed her MSc in Pathology.

  • Marvin S. Smout Resident Travel Award

    May 08, 2020
    Congratulations to Jonathan Keow an Anatomical Pathology Resident who won the annual Marvin S. Smout Resident Travel Award.

  • 2020 Departmental Graduate Award Recipients

    May 06, 2020
    The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine would like to take a moment and recognize our wonderful learners and researchers. The Education and Awards Committees of PaLM received applications from very talented and productive researchers for our 2020 Departmental Research Awards. Please join us in congratulating the 2020 award recipients.

  • Srinitya Gannavarapu completes her MSc Thesis

    April 27, 2020
    The Department of Pathology and Laboratory of Medicine would like to offer congratulations to Srinitya Gannavarapu who recently completed her MSc in Pathology.

  • 2020 Awards of Excellence Recipients

    April 17, 2020
    The 2020 Awards of Excellence recipients were announced and the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine can be very proud.

  • COVID-19 and Western's PaLM Office

    March 19, 2020
    In alignment with Western’s response to COVID-19, effective Friday, March 20, 2020, the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine administrative team will begin working off-campus in a virtual mode.

  • Adnan Qamar completes his MSc Thesis

    March 17, 2020
    The Department of Pathology and Laboratory of Medicine would like to offer congratulations to Adnan Qamar, who has completed his MSc in Pathology.

  • WPA Histology Workshop 2020

    March 13, 2020
    The WPA held an open histology workshop in March to serve as a refresher on basic histology for undergraduate and graduate students. This workshop covered the skin, lungs, heart, kidneys, liver and the GI tract.

  • LHSC recognized as a Choosing Wisely Canada Hospital

    March 13, 2020
    LHSC has received a Level 3 designation by Choosing Wisely Canada (CWC). This is the highest designation awarded by CWC to a hospital in recognition of implementing 10 CWC recommendations and an organization-wide commitment to reducing overuse.

  • 2020 3MT Western Finalist: Janice Gomes

    March 09, 2020
    Congratulations to Janice Gomes, PhD Candidate in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, for placing Top 20 in Western’s 3MT Competition.

  • EpiSign

    March 04, 2020
    EpiSign: Congratulations to the research team led by Dr. Bekim Sadikovic at Lawson Health Research Institute for being awarded $4.8 million to measure the clinical impact of a new molecular genomics test for diagnosing genetic neurodevelopmental conditions.

  • Stowell-Orbison Award

    March 03, 2020
    Congratulations to resident Dr. Jonathan Keow from the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, who won the Stowell-Orbison Award for his poster on p16 senescent foci in interstitial lung disease at the USCAP 109th annual meeting held in Los Angeles, California from February 29 to March 5, 2020.

  • Zhong Seminar: Dr. Michael Laposata

    February 28, 2020
    On February 13, 2020, Dr. Michael Laposata, Professor and Chair, Department of Pathology, The University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston, delivered an outstanding Zhong seminar entitled "Medical Errors: A Major Cause of Death Across the World."

  • Welcome Dr. Cecilia Dong

    February 27, 2020
    Welcome to Dr. Cecilia Dong who is joining the department as a new cross-appointed faculty member from Dentistry effective March 1, 2020.

  • Welcome Dr. Trevor Thang

    February 26, 2020
    Welcome to Dr. Trevor Thang who is joining the department as a new cross-appointed faculty member from Dentistry effective March 1, 2020.

  • Pilot agreement increases access to lab testing for paediatric oncology patients

    February 24, 2020
    LifeLabs and London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) have been working together for several months to deliver a pilot service that makes it easier for families with children fighting cancer to access lab testing that is required to inform treatment decisions.

  • Welcome Dr. Abubaker Sidahmed

    February 18, 2020
    We are pleased to welcome Dr. Abubaker Sidahmed who joined the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine staff on February 3, 2020.

  • Welcome Dr. Emily Goebel

    February 14, 2020
    Dr. Emily Goebel, MD, FRCPC, joined the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in January 2020 as an Anatomical Pathologist.

  • Novel coronavirus forum offers topical education for learners

    February 12, 2020
    Schulich Medicine & Dentistry students learned from an expert panel of researchers and clinicians about the 2019 novel coronavirus epidemic in the context of virology, infectious disease medicine and past outbreaks.

  • Discover Shakespeare at the Stratford Festival

    February 01, 2020
    Health and medicine feature prominently in many of Shakespeare’s works. A special group for Schulich Medicine & Dentistry faculty, staff and students is being formed to attend his plays at the world-famous Stratford Festival, including lunch and an opportunity to meet the cast or production teams.

  • In Memoriam - Dr. David Grignon

    January 31, 2020
    Our condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Dr. David J. Grignon, who passed away on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.

  • PaLM Quality Office

    January 28, 2020
    The Quality Office is responsible for ensuring that all laboratory policies, processes and procedures are developed, implemented and monitored in accordance with accreditation and licensing standards.

  • CIHR Project Grants

    January 27, 2020
    Congratulations to all of the successful recipients of CIHR Project Grants (Fall Competition 2019) including those in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

  • In Memoriam - Dr. Samuel Ludwin

    January 24, 2020
    It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Samuel Ludwin, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Professor and Chair of Pathology from 1992-1993, on January 21, 2020, at his home in Kingston, Ontario, after a valiant battle against ALS.

  • Lachlan McLean completes his MSc Thesis

    January 23, 2020
    The Department of Pathology and Laboratory of Medicine would like to offer congratulations to Lachlan McLean, who has completed his MSc in Pathology.

  • Western Strategic Support for CIHR Success

    January 20, 2020
    Congratulations to Dr. Lisa Cameron, Dr. Fred Dick and Dr. Parisa Shooshtari who all received Western Strategic Support for CIHR Success awards.

  • Yohan Kim completes his PhD Thesis

    January 13, 2020
    The Department of Pathology and Laboratory of Medicine would like to offer congratulations to Yohan Kim, who has completed his PhD in Pathology.

  • Xiaoyun Ji completes her MSc Thesis

    January 09, 2020
    The Department of Pathology and Laboratory of Medicine would like to offer congratulations to Xiaoyun Ji who recently completed her MSc in Pathology.

  • 2019 Catalyst Grants for Translational Cancer Research

    January 07, 2020
    Congratulations to Dr. Saman Maleki on receiving funding for the 2019 Catalyst Grants for Translational Cancer Research on two of his projects - one as the PI, and the other one as the co-applicant.

  • Food Drive Challenge

    December 20, 2019
    Way to go Pathology - another year of success! The Food Drive Challenge had the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (PaLM) contributing five skids of food weighing 3,000+lbs!

  • Ark Aid Mission

    December 20, 2019
    On December 17, a group from Pathology and Laboratory Medicine got together to serve dinner at the Ark Aid Street Mission Inc. on Dundas Street in London. Dedicated to helping people get back on their feet, Ark Aid creates a sense of belonging while helping people get back on their feet.

  • Social Committee Holiday Lunch

    December 19, 2019
    Thank you to all who came out for the Social Committee Holiday Lunch on December 19. It was a huge success! There was great food and fun times were had by all.

  • Bekim Sadikovic recognized among National Human Genome Research Institute's Top 10 of 2019

    December 18, 2019
    Research by Bekim Sadikovic, PhD, has been acknowledged by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) as one of the 10 most significant advances in genomic medicine in 2019.

  • Office Holiday Potluck Party

    December 18, 2019
    The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine held an Office Holiday Potluck Party on December 18. All members of the department were invited to attend and bring one tasty dish to share.

  • Closed for the Holidays

    December 18, 2019
    The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Office will be closed for the holiday break from December 21 to January 2 at 8:30 am.

  • London Pathology Associates Holiday Party

    December 16, 2019
    Congrats to Dr. Zeman-Pocrnich, recipient of the M.E. Kirk Teaching Award. Dr. Plantinga presented the award at the LPA Holiday Reception to Dr. Jacques on her behalf. This year’s Staff Awards of Excellence were presented to Susan McRae and Margaret Moroz.

  • Regional-Ready Laboratory Team Design Retreat

    December 11, 2019
    Pathology and Laboratory Medicine held a Regional-Ready Laboratory Team Design Retreat on November 4, 2019 in order to finalize plans for operationalizing regional partnerships.

  • ASHI/BANFF Joint Scientific Meeting

    December 10, 2019
    The meeting was held in Pittsburgh, PA in September, where Dr. QingYong Xu was presented with a Scholar Abstract award for his publication. The joint scientific meeting was intended to promote collaboration between experts in solid organ transplant pathology and histocompatibility/immunogenetics. The objective of this alliance was advancing diagnostic testing for solid organ transplant recipients with an emphasis on the immunology and pathology of antibody-mediated rejection.

  • Madison Wallace completes her MSc Thesis

    December 04, 2019
    The Department of Pathology and Laboratory of Medicine would like to offer congratulations to Madison Wallace who recently completed her MSc in Pathology.

  • Healthier Relationships

    November 29, 2019
    As the planet grapples with climate change, instability and shrinking resources, the link between humans, animals, plants and the environment is increasingly pronounced. The One Health approach is an opportunity to break the status quo and bring about radical change.

  • OICR Investigator Award

    November 28, 2019
    Congratulations to Dr. Parisa Shooshtari for receiving an Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) Investigator Award. The award provides stable research funding and salary support for recipients to establish their laboratories and build their research platforms within Ontario.

  • Blood Efficiency Accelerator Award Program 2019 Competition

    November 27, 2019
    Congratulations to Dr. Ziad Solh, recipient of a Blood Efficiency Accelerator Award from Canadian Blood Services. Dr. Solh’s study aims to compare the survival and cancer cure outcomes for patients with cervical cancer when hemoglobin is kept at two different levels prior to radiation therapy.

  • 2019 Paterson Lecture

    November 25, 2019
    The 2019 Paterson Lecture was held on Thursday, November 14, 2019. We were fortunate to have Dr. Jeffrey Ravetch, Theresa and Eugene Lang Professor at the Rockefeller University and Head of the Leonard Wagner Laboratory of Molecular Genetics and Immunology, deliver the 2019 Lecture.

  • Pathology Fundraiser Bake Sale

    November 14, 2019
    The Pathology Fundraiser Bake Sale that took place in front of the University Hospital cafeteria on November 8, 2019 raised $1,313.00 towards the London Homeless Helpers event.

  • International Clinical Cytometry Society Annual Meeting

    November 12, 2019
    The goals of these events are to help participants increase their knowledge of current tools and technologies available for patient sample analysis, better understand the accepted methodologies and benchmarks for patient sample analysis and diagnosis, and to increase their competence in using analytical software applications.

  • Canadian Diagnostic Executive Forum in Toronto

    November 08, 2019
    A cross section of PaLM leaders were given the opportunity to participate in the Canadian Diagnostic Executive Forum in Toronto on October 24 and 25. Participants and speakers hailed from all across Canada and the United States to learn about innovations and technologies within the laboratory.

  • CRISM Grant

    November 06, 2019
    Congratulations to Dr. Gerald McKinley who was awarded $35,000 through the Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse (CRISM) community-based research program to study the impact of increased social inclusion and perceptions of belonging on individuals engaged in substance misuse on a local First Nation.

  • Cytopathology CME Symposium

    October 31, 2019
    We had a very successful Cytopathology CME Symposium entitled Advances in the Practice of Cytopathology featuring “The Bedard Lectureship” on Saturday, October 26, 2019, organized by the Cytopathology Division at LHSC and the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Western University.

  • PaLM Halloween Spirit and Door Decorating Contest

    October 31, 2019
    The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine got into the Halloween spirit again this year. Staff, faculty and students wore costumes and decorated their doors.

  • 13th Annual Autoantibody Network Conference

    October 30, 2019
    The 13th Annual Conference of the Autoantibody Network (AAN) was held September 18-20, 2019 in Mississauga, Ontario and was attended by a group from the Specialty Biochemistry Labs.

  • Western One Health participates in EVOLVE competition

    October 29, 2019
    Congrats to the Western One Health Team who took Second place in the Ivey HBA Health Sector Club’s EVOLVE competition.

  • American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) Annual Meeting October 15-19, 2019

    October 28, 2019
    A team from PaLM Molecular Diagnostics attended the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) Annual Meeting showcasing EpiSign - our world first clinical whole genome methylation test for diagnosing over 20 neurodevelopmental disorders.

  • Business London 2019 Twenty in their 20s

    October 23, 2019
    Kara Ruicci completed her PhD program in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in 2019 and is now one of Business London’s Twenty in their 20s for 2019.

  • Convocation 2019

    October 22, 2019
    We would like to congratulate our students who will be convocating on Wednesday, October 23, 2019.

  • 2019 Global Corporate Challenge

    October 04, 2019
    For the fourth year in a row the PaLM administrative staff fielded a team to participate in the Virgin Pulse Global Challenge. The Challenge allows participants to track walking, cycling, and other forms of exercise, and engage in modules on mindfulness, nutrition, and sleep over the 100 days of the Challenge.

  • James Armstrong completes his PhD Thesis

    October 02, 2019
    The Department of Pathology and Laboratory of Medicine would like to offer congratulations to James Armstrong, who has completed his PhD in Pathology.

  • Exploring the Epi-signature

    October 01, 2019
    Dr. Bekim Sadikovic updates us on the progress of DNA methylation as a diagnostic tool.

  • Welcome Angela DeCandido

    September 27, 2019
    We are pleased to announce that Angela DeCandido has been successful to the position of Manager, Administration and Finance for the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine effective September 23, 2019.

  • Western elite named among Royal Society Fellows

    September 26, 2019
    Ann Chambers, Professor Emerita, Oncology, Medical Biophysics and Pathology has been named among the new Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC).

  • Walk for ALS and CTV News Interview

    September 25, 2019
    On the morning of Saturday, September 21, the Duennwald lab came together to support the Walk for ALS in London's Springbank Garden Park.

  • EpLINK Grant

    September 23, 2019
    Congratulations to Dr. Qi Zhang who recently received a research grant from The Epilepsy Research Program of the Ontario Brain Institute (EpLINK).

  • Welcome Dr. Ferreira and Dr. Champredon

    September 23, 2019
    Welcome Dr. Roux-Cil Ferreira and Dr. David Champredon, two new post-docs who are joining Dr. Art Poon’s lab.

  • Graduate Student Orientation 2019

    September 17, 2019
    The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine extends a warm welcome to our new graduate students. Incoming and returning students attended our Graduate Orientation on Wednesday, September 4, 2019.

  • The Power List 2019 - Matthew Cecchini

    September 06, 2019
    The Pathologist.com compiles a list of trailblazers in the lab each year honouring 100 of the leading innovators in pathology and laboratory medicine by celebrating their success at the cutting edge of the field. Matthew Cecchini was privileged to be included on The Power List 2019.

  • Welcome Nan Meng

    September 04, 2019
    We are pleased to announce that Nan Meng will be joining our administrative team effective September 3, 2019 in the Finance Assistant role previously held by Kayla Anderson.

  • Back to School

    August 30, 2019
    The PaLM administrative office on the university side is buzzing as preparations are well underway for the new academic year.

  • MITACS Globalink Research Award

    August 29, 2019
    This summer, Saumik Biswas had the opportunity to travel abroad and conduct his own research project at the University of Hong Kong—all thanks to the ‘Mitacs Globalink Research Award’.

  • Thank you to all members of the 2018-2019 Western Pathology Association

    August 28, 2019
    As the academic year comes to an end, we wish to extend a big thank-you to all student executives and representatives of the WPA for their hard work and contributions.

  • Mentor-Mentee Meetup - Summer Term / End-of-the-Year BBQ

    August 27, 2019
    On August 8, Pathology graduate students met at Gibbons Park to celebrate the end of the summer and academic year.

  • Maedeh Naghibosadat completes her MSc Thesis

    August 26, 2019
    The Department of Pathology and Laboratory of Medicine would like to offer congratulations to Maedeh Naghibosadat who recently completed her MSc in Pathology.

  • The Amazing Race

    August 22, 2019
    Congratulations to Liz Goldhawk and Kathilyn Allewell from our PaLM team on their 4th place finish in The Amazing Race: Global Challenge Edition at Western University on Wednesday, August 22, 2019.

  • Welcome Ben Hedley

    August 21, 2019
    Dr. Ben Hedley joined Pathology and Laboratory Medicine as a Hematology Scientist on July 19, 2019.

  • Matthew Hintermayer completes his MSc Thesis

    August 15, 2019
    The Department of Pathology and Laboratory of Medicine would like to offer congratulations to Matthew Hintermayer, who has completed his MSc in Pathology.

  • Learning from Staff

    August 07, 2019
    LHSC hosts more than 700 medical students each year with the majority being third and fourth year undergraduate students studying to become physicians. The third year students are commonly known as medical clerks.

  • Welcome Parisa Shooshtari

    July 31, 2019
    We are excited to announce the arrival of Dr. Parisa Shooshtari who joined our department on July 1, 2019.

  • WPA Rock Climbing Social

    July 30, 2019
    On Thursday July 25, a number of a number of Pathology students from both the research and Pathologists’ Assistant (PA) graduate programs met at Junction Climbing Centre for a night of rock-climbing and bouldering.

  • Nellie L. Farthing Memorial Fellowship in Medical Sciences

    July 29, 2019
    Congratulations to Saumik Biswas (supervisor: Dr. S. Chakrabarti) from the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine on receiving one of three Nellie Farthing memorial Fellowships awarded in 2019.

  • Goodbye Rachel Halaney

    July 25, 2019
    We are pleased to announce that Rachel Halaney has been successful to take on the position of Associate Director, Administration and Finance for Dentistry effective August 1, 2019.

  • Congratulations to Dr. Martin Duennwald on Receiving a CIHR Grant

    July 15, 2019
    Congratulations to Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Associate Professor, Dr. Martin Duennwald, who has been awarded two Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Grant.

  • Goodbye Kayla Anderson

    July 11, 2019
    It is with mixed feelings that we announce the departure of Kayla Anderson from our Western PaLM administrative team. Kayla will be taking on a new role as the Financial Officer for Facilities Management at Western beginning on July 24, 2019.

  • Amanda Oakie completes her PhD Thesis

    July 10, 2019
    The Department of Pathology and Laboratory of Medicine would like to offer congratulations to Amanda Oakie, who has completed her PhD in Pathology.

  • Welcome new Resident and Fellows

    July 08, 2019
    We would like to extend a warm Welcome to our incoming resident and fellows, Dr. Hao Li, Dr. Qi Yang and Dr. Pylyp Zolotarov.

  • Canadian Association of Pathologists Poster Awards

    July 04, 2019
    Congratulations to Paul Plantinga and Katherina Baranova who won awards for their posters at the most recent Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Association of Pathologists (CAP) in Niagara Falls, June 22-25, 2019.

  • Welcome Dr. Fred Dick

    July 02, 2019
    We are excited to announce that effective July 1, 2019, Dr. Fred Dick will be officially joining our department.

  • Dr. Chandan Chakraborty Retirement

    June 28, 2019
    With more than 19 years of service in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Dr. Chandan Chakraborty is retiring on July 1, 2019.

  • Wellness Meditation Event

    June 27, 2019
    On June 20, the PaLM Wellness Ambassadors and Pathology graduate students participated in a group meditation session hosted by the UWO Wellness Education Centre (WEC).

  • The Dr. Subrata Chakrabarti MClSc PA student Award of Excellence

    June 26, 2019
    Congratulations to Megan Noel, recipient of the Dr. Subrata Chakrabarti MClSc Pathologists’ Assistant Student Award of Excellence.

  • MClSc-PA Program Cake and Tea Celebration

    June 25, 2019
    Congratulations to our six PA students of the 2019 Graduating Class! On June 21, the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine held a cake and tea reception to congratulate our new graduates, who have completed the requirements of their Master of Clinical Sciences, Pathologists’ Assistant program.

  • Professor Colin Anderson Award in Pathology

    June 24, 2019
    Ryan Gillies is this year's recipient of the Professor Colin Anderson Award in Pathology which is awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate student in an Honors Specialization in Pathology who achieves outstanding performance in Pathology 4980e.

  • Annual Resident Award of Excellence

    June 18, 2019
    Congratulations to Dr. Matt Cecchini (PGY5, Anatomical Pathology) on being awarded the 2019 Annual Resident Award of Excellence. Matt received this award for his consistent display of excellence in the areas of teaching, leadership, advocacy and professionalism.

  • Residents and Fellows Cake and Tea Celebration

    June 13, 2019
    We had much to celebrate at the 2019 Resident and Fellow Cake and Tea Celebration on June 12, 2019! Congratulations to Dr. Matt Cecchini, Dr. Kris Langdon, Dr. Matt Kubica and Dr. Maha Haddad for their achievements.

  • PaLM Staff Open Forums

    June 11, 2019
    We continue to have outstanding successes including a successful Accreditation this year! We value your hard work, dedication, and resilience to our changing environment in these modern times. Come learn about our 2019-20 focus on quality, performance, safety, change initiatives and how you can be involved. We will also address the many changes Ontario’s healthcare system is undergoing and what it means for you. Your leader will make arrangements for you to join.

  • Korean Society of Laboratory Medicine Conference

    June 10, 2019
    Wendy Brown, Senior Medical Laboratory Technologist, traveled to South Korea in April at the invitation of Sysmex to speak at a conference organized by the Korean Society of Laboratory Medicine. Wendy discussed how our new technology which includes middleware and digital morphology, have streamlined processes and improved patient care. The group was very impressed!

  • Welcome Dr. Ivan Stevic

    June 04, 2019
    Dr. Ivan Stevic joined Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (PaLM) as a Clinical Biochemist on April 29, 2019. Dr. Stevic received his MSc and PhD degrees from McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, in the field of Thrombosis and Hemostasis.

  • Dr. Bertha Garcia Acting Vice Dean & Director

    May 31, 2019
    PaLM is pleased to announce that Dr. Bertha Garcia has been appointed as Acting Vice Dean & Director, Dentistry at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, effective June 1, 2019 until May 31, 2020 or until a permanent Vice Dean & Director is selected.

  • Science Rendezvous 2019

    May 30, 2019
    On Saturday, May 11, the WPA participated in Science Rendezvous and hosted a booth to solve the “Mystery of The Missing Treasure at TD Stadium”. The students were exposed to different activities to see how the fields of Forensic Pathology and Laboratory Medicine are important when analyzing a crime scene.

  • Campus Clean-up with Sustainability Western

    May 29, 2019
    On Tuesday, May 14, a handful of students and staff from the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine collected garbage from Western’s campus with Sustainability Western as part of their Campus Clean-Up 2019 initiative.

  • Congratulations to Dr. Hutnik’s Lab

    May 28, 2019
    Congratulations to Dr. Cindy Hutnik, James Denstedt, MD candidate, James J. Armstrong, MD/PhD candidate, and Vinay Kansal, for receiving awards at the Canadian Ophthalmological Society conference, taking place June 14-16, 2019 in Quebec City.

  • Canadian Bioethics Society Award

    May 27, 2019
    Dr. Rebekah Jacques recently won an award at the 30th annual Canadian Bioethics Society Conference that took place May 22-24, 2019 in Banff, Alberta for her poster presentation.

  • Pathology Transformation Project

    May 23, 2019
    The Pathology Transformation Project is for the Divisions of Surgical Pathology, Cytology and Autopsy as well as the support services. This project includes the purchase and installation of equipment and will give us an opportunity to review our processes.

  • New SOGS President Jina Kum Prepared to Meet Upcoming Challenges

    May 17, 2019
    As the newly elected President of the Society of Graduate Students (SOGS) at Western, she leads an organization that represents more than 6,200 graduate students on campus. She hopes to renew the group’s strategic plan and look at how it can better serve its graduate student members.

  • Congratulations Dr. Rebekah Jacques

    May 16, 2019
    Dr. Rebekah Jacques has been awarded the 2018-2019 Martin McKneally Capstone Project Award.

  • Asthma Therapy May Differ for Women

    May 13, 2019
    For women depending on steroids to treat severe asthma, their body’s estrogen may be reducing the treatment from working effectively and contributing to severity of symptoms, according to a recent Western study.

  • Congratulations Dr. Matthew Cecchini

    May 10, 2019
    Congratulations Dr. Matthew Cecchini on receiving the OMA Resident Achievement Award. The Resident Achievement Award is awarded for outstanding contribution to the advancement of post-graduate training.

  • Michael Roes - Marathon Fundraisers Update

    May 09, 2019
    Michael Roes, PhD student from PALM, was unable to run the Toronto Marathon due to injury. He is hoping to run the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in October. The good news is that he was able raise a total of $2026 for Diabetes Canada and the Canadian Mental Health Association Middlesex.

  • Goodbye Meerah Vijeyakumaran

    May 07, 2019
    The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine would like to wish Meerah Vijeyakumaran a fond farewell and best wishes for her future endeavors.

  • Congratulations Dr. Kris Langdon

    May 06, 2019
    Dr. Kris Langdon was successful in his Royal College Fellowship examinations in Neuropathology.

  • PaLM Easter Bake Sale

    May 03, 2019
    The department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine hosted an Easter themed bake sale in April at University Hospital. The team raised $1,100 and the proceeds were donated to the London Diaper Bank.

  • WPA Lecture Series: Dr. Art Poon

    April 25, 2019
    On April 11, the WPA was excited to have Dr. Art Poon be our Departmental Invited Speaker for our WPA Lecture Series. Dr. Poon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology who studies and designs computational methods to track the spread and adaptation of viruses.

  • WPA Gives Back: Easter Egg Charity Fundraiser

    April 24, 2019
    On April 18, the Western Pathology Association (WPA) hosted their annual Easter Egg Charity Fundraiser. This year, members of the WPA made their way through University Hospital and campus labs to raise money for the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) - Middlesex.

  • The Next Generation: Spotlight on Rebecca Sullivan

    April 23, 2019
    Rebecca Sullivan is a trainee working with Dr. Savita Dhanvantari, Lawson Scientist, in her lab at St. Joseph’s Hospital, and a PhD candidate in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University.

  • Dr. P.C. Raju & Jyoti Shah Awards

    April 17, 2019
    The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine would like to congratulate the winners of the Dr. P.C. Raju & Jyoti Shah Resident Research Prize and Graduate Education Prize. Congratulations to Dr. Matthew Cecchini and Saumik Biswas.

  • Easter Egg Charity Fundraiser for CMHA – Thursday

    April 16, 2019
    The Western Pathology Association (WPA) is holding an Easter egg charity fundraiser on Thursday, April 18th. Between 11AM – 2PM, Pathology graduate students will be making their way through University Hospital and campus labs to raise money for the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Middlesex.

  • Blood Sweat and Spin Fundraiser

    April 15, 2019
    PaLM members spun together to support one of their own after they were diagnosed with Lymphoma. They participated in the Blood Sweat and Spin Fundraiser to support LHSC’s patients living with Blood Cancers.

  • The Cameron Wallace Graduate Student Award in Pathology

    April 11, 2019
    Congratulations to Janice Gomes, PhD candidate, who received the Cameron Wallace Graduate Student Award in Pathology that recognizes a graduate student’s high achievement in research, course work, and social involvement.

  • WPA Mentor Mentee Meetup/End of Term Celebration

    April 10, 2019
    Peer mentors and mentees from the Pathologists' Assistant and research-based graduate programs, along with other PaLM graduate students met at the Grad Club to celebrate the end of the winter term.

  • Dr. Frederick Winnett Luney Graduate Scholarships and Graduate Research Awards

    April 08, 2019
    The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine would like to congratulate the winners of the Dr. Frederick Winnett Luney Graduate Scholarships and Graduate Research Awards. Congratulations to Hayley Good, Jina Kum, Sara Gitto, Alice Shin, Connor Chato, John Palmer and Rebecca Sullivan.

  • Researchers Analyze Epigenetic Signatures to Diagnose Rare Diseases

    April 05, 2019
    Researchers Analyze Epigenetic Signatures to Diagnose Rare Diseases. Now, a team of Canadian and American scientists have developed a computational tool that can diagnose 14 rare, hereditary disorders based on a patient’s episignature. Dr. Bekim Sadikovic and his colleagues used data from patients to train a machine learning algorithm—a type of artificial intelligence—to distinguish between the 14 conditions. They then tested the algorithm and showed it was correct around 99% of the time.

  • WPA Careers in Pathology Event

    April 04, 2019
    In collaboration with the Science Student Council (SSC), the Western Pathology Association hosted a “Careers in Pathology Workshop” to inform 3rd and 4th year Pathology undergraduate students about different pathways that they can take with their degree in Pathology.

  • Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Research Day 2019

    April 02, 2019
    Our 2019 Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Research Day was held on March 28, 2019. This event is a celebration of our achievements in basic and clinical research, and an opportunity to promote inter/intra-departmental and cross-pillar collaborations.

  • 2019 Awards of Excellence recipient Dr. Art Poon

    March 29, 2019
    As educators, researchers, innovators and leaders, the 2019 Awards of Excellence London and Windsor Campus recipients are making a difference at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. It is with great pride that we recognize and honour Dr. Art Poon, who is the recipient of the 2019 Junior Faculty – Basic Science, Dean’s Award of Excellence.

  • OMA Resident Achievement Award: Dr. Matthew Cecchini

    March 29, 2019
    We are pleased to announce that Dr. Matthew Cecchini is this year’s recipient of the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) Resident Achievement Award from Western University.

  • Women of Excellence: Bertha Garcia

    March 29, 2019
    Pathologist and educator Bertha Garcia — who came to Canada from Peru in the 1970s — is nominated in the health, science and technology category.

  • Two-Eyed Seeing: The gift of multiple perspectives

    March 26, 2019
    Etuaptmumk is a Mi’kmaw word meaning Two-Eyed Seeing. With one eye, we view the world through Indigenous ways of knowing and with the other eye, we view the world through Western, or Eurocentric, ways of knowing.

  • Improving treatment for Parkinson's disease

    March 26, 2019
    Dr. Matthew Hebb and Dr. Martin Duennwald are studying newly discovered cells to treat Parkinson's Disease.

  • Paul Dudley White International Scholar Award

    March 12, 2019
    Congratulations to Sarah Singh for receiving the Paul Dudley White International Scholar Award. Sarah is a PhD student in the Epidemiology program, supervised by Stephanie Frisbee from the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

  • Michael Tauro completes his MSc Thesis

    March 08, 2019
    The Department of Pathology and Laboratory of Medicine would like to offer congratulations to Michael Tauro, who has completed his MSc in Pathology.

  • Congratulations Paul Plantinga

    March 05, 2019
    Paul Plantinga recently attended the Florida Society of Pathologists 45th Annual Anatomic Pathology Conference. Paul was awarded Third Place in the digital poster competition for his poster titled “Histological Elucidation of Tumor Deposits in Colorectal Adenocarcinoma”.

  • Taking on the Three-Minute Challenge

    March 04, 2019
    An 80,000-word PhD thesis would take about nine hours to present. You have only three minutes. Are you up for the challenge? "The 3MT competition is a great opportunity for graduate students to not only showcase their research to the public, but also hone their skills in communicating the topic in an understandable way."

  • Resident Spotlight: Dr. Chris Tran, PGY3

    March 01, 2019
    Dr. Chris Tran is a third-year resident in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. It was during his pre-clerkship that he became fascinated by the way clinical diseases are the result of complex genetic, cellular and histological changes. He then shadowed a pathologist and learned to appreciate the importance of pathological diagnoses and the influence they have on patient care. He knew then that Pathology was his calling.

  • Research Aimed at Closing Health Care Gaps for Indigenous Community

    February 28, 2019
    Researchers at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry are trying to reduce the gaps when it comes to health care for indigenous communities.

  • Congratulations Jina Kum

    February 15, 2019
    We would like to offer Congratulations to Jina Kum, PhD Candidate in our Research Based Graduate Program.

  • Dr. Bertha Garcia honoured as YMCA Woman of Excellence

    February 05, 2019
    In recognition of her contributions to science, medicine and education, Dr. Garcia is being honoured with a 2019 YMCA Women of Excellence Award. She shares this distinction with seven other inspirational women in the London community.

  • WPA Undergraduate Journal Critique Workshop

    February 05, 2019
    The WPA hosted a Journal Critique Workshop for 4th year undergraduate students in the Pathology Seminar and Research Project course (PATHOLOGY 4980E).

  • WPA Histology Workshop

    February 05, 2019
    The WPA held an open histology workshop last week to serve as a refresher on basic histology for undergraduate and graduate students.

  • Making Pathology Come Alive

    February 04, 2019
    Dr. Christina McCord, DDS’09, knows that she is filling big shoes stepping in to the role Dr. Tom Daley held for many years at Schulich Dentistry as an oral pathologist. But she’s got what it takes, thanks to training and mentorship from Dr. Daley, as well as Dr. Mark Darling, and thanks to a love of what she does.

  • Funding: CIHR grants support important projects from Indigenous health to cancer immunotherapy

    January 31, 2019
    Health researchers in London were awarded more than $10 million in funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), with $7.3 million supporting projects through Schulich Medicine & Dentistry and $2.8 million through Lawson Health Research Institute.

  • Congratulations Mihai Dumbrava

    January 24, 2019
    Congratulations to Mihai Dumbrava, a fourth year Medical Sciences undergraduate student with honors in Pathology and Biochemistry from Dr. Martin Duennwald’s Lab, who won a highly competitive and prestigious international scholarship for a summer research internship in Switzerland.

  • Amber Harnett completes her MSc Thesis

    January 22, 2019
    The Department of Pathology and Laboratory of Medicine would like to offer congratulations to Amber Harnett who recently completed her MSc in Pathology.

  • Milica Krstic completes her PhD Thesis

    January 16, 2019
    The Department of Pathology and Laboratory of Medicine would like to offer congratulations to Milica Krstic, who has completed her PhD in Pathology.

  • Welcome Dr. Rebekah Jacques

    January 14, 2019
    We are pleased to announce Dr. Rebekah Jacques joined our team as an Anatomical Pathologist and Assistant Professor on January 14, 2019.

  • Dr. Francisco Olea-Popelka appointed as the Beryl Ivey Endowed Chair in One Health

    January 11, 2019
    I am pleased to announce that Dr. Francisco Olea-Popelka has been appointed as the Beryl Ivey Endowed Chair in One Health in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University.

  • Ingrid Gan completes her MSc Thesis

    January 08, 2019
    The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine would like to offer congratulations to Ingrid Gan who recently completed her MSc in Pathology.

  • Closed for the Holidays

    December 21, 2018
    The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Office will be closed for the holiday break from December 21 at 12:00 pm to January 3 at 8:30 am. We wish you a happy holidays and a wonderful new year!

  • Food Drive Challenge

    December 20, 2018
    Way to go Pathology, another year of success! The Food Drive Challenge had the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (PaLM) winning the challenge by a landslide with a whopping 4 skids of food weighing 3,000+lbs!

  • London Pathology Associates Holiday Party

    December 17, 2018
    The London Pathology Associates (LPA) Holiday Party took place Thursday, December 13 at Windermere Manor. The party was very well attended and everyone had a great time. Two LPA Awards of Excellence were given out this year, as well as the M.E. Kirk Award.

  • Congratulations Dr. Martin Duennwald

    December 14, 2018
    Congratulations to Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Associate Professor, Dr. Martin Duennwald, who has been awarded a Lawson Health Research Institute Grant.

  • Congratulations Dr. Qi Zhang

    December 12, 2018
    Congratulations to Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Assistant Professor, Dr. Qi Zhang, who has been awarded a Lawson Health Research Institute Grant.

  • Ronald McDonald House

    December 10, 2018
    On Thursday, December 6, pathologists, staff and residents from the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine prepared and cooked a meal for families staying at Ronald McDonald House.

  • Schulich Medicine & Dentistry 2019 Pictorial Calendar

    December 07, 2018
    Congratulations to Mohammad Ali Esmaeili, Postdoctoral Scholar in Dr. Duennwald's lab, whose photo was chosen for the Schulich Medicine & Dentistry 2019 Pictorial Calendar (January).

  • Paterson Lecture 2018

    November 30, 2018
    The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine held its annual Paterson Lecture on November 8, 2018. Dr. Randy Schekman, Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkley, delivered the standing-room only 2018 Paterson Lecture.

  • WPA Lecture Series: Dr. Phaedra Henley

    November 30, 2018
    On Thursday, November 15, 2018 the WPA was excited to host another speaker for our Pathology Alumni Speaker series. Pathology alumni, Dr. Phaedra Henley, was invited and gave a thought-provoking talk that described the importance of using a “One Health” approach when attempting to understand health related problems.

  • Bake Sale

    November 30, 2018
    A big thank you to all the efforts of this department! We surpassed last year’s tally with a grand total this year of $1145.00.

  • WPA Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Fundraiser

    November 29, 2018
    On Monday, December 3, 2018, the WPA is having a Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the lobby of the Medical Sciences Building.

  • Kara Ruicci completes her PhD Thesis

    November 21, 2018
    The Department of Pathology and Laboratory of Medicine would like to offer congratulations to Kara Ruicci, who has completed her PhD in Pathology.

  • PaLM Toy Drive

    November 13, 2018
    Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is hoping to help families stay close to their seriously ill children far from home this holiday season. When making a donation, please keep in mind they like to provide gifts for the entire family, from mom and dad, to pre-teens and teens, all the way to toddlers and infants. We hope you will help us create some holiday magic this season!

  • Welcome Kayla Anderson

    November 08, 2018
    We are pleased to announce that Kayla Anderson will be joining our administrative team effective November 12, 2018. Kayla will be primarily responsible for supporting academic and business operations in the areas of finance and human resources.

  • New breast reconstructive surgery program offering women homegrown options

    November 07, 2018
    Dr. Hana Farhang who is a past graduate student from the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine holds a breast implant at the Windsor Regional Hospital Met campus. The plastic surgeon and her colleague Dr. Kristina Lutz won an award recently for their newly created breast reconstruction program.