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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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).
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."
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?”
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.