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July 2015
Volume 2 | Issue 7

Welcome Dr. McCord 

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine welcomes Dr. Christina McCord!

Dr. Subrata Chakrabarti and the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine extend a warm welcome to Dr. Christina McCord, who has been appointed to our department effective July 1, 2015 as an oral pathologist and full-time assistant professor.

Dr. McCord is an alumna of Western University’s undergraduate dental program.  She has known Drs. Daley and Darling for close to ten years, and her decision to pursue a career in oral pathology was largely inspired by their mentorship and support.

Dr. McCord is a board certified dental specialist in both oral pathology and oral medicine, and received her training as well as a Master of Science degree from the University of Toronto. She comes to us from the Department of Dentistry at the University of Toronto where she was an assistant professor.  She also held a clinical appointment in the Department of Dentistry at Mount Sinai Hospital where she taught general practice dental and oral pathology residents while delivering patient care.

In support of the Canadian oral pathology and oral medicine community, Dr. McCord recently accepted a position on the board of the Canadian Dental Specialties Association.

We are delighted that Dr. McCord has joined our department.  Welcome back to London Christina!  Read More.

Cake and Tea Celebration for PA Graduates

The department hosted a Tea and Cake celebration on June 29 in honour of our 6 PA students graduating with their Master of Clinical Sciences degree. We congratulate Samantha Crombie, Melissa Stegmaier, Shelby Dean, Jessica Kent, Lei Gong, and Andrew Zhang for completing the program. Within two weeks, all of the grads started their new jobs as PA's! 

Dr. Cady Pocrnich is Back

A huge welcome back to Canada and our Department to Dr. Cady Pocrnich who began training in our Area of Focused Competence Program in Cytopathology in July 2015. Dr. Pocrnich graduated from our Anatomical Pathology program in 2014 and completed a year-long surgical pathology fellowship at MD Anderson  in Houston, Texas, from 2014-15.  The team is looking forward to training our second candidate in the program and learning about some of the advanced diagnostic skills which Dr. Pocrnich acquired in the sunny south!  

Welcome Dr. Allison Osmond
 

Welcome back to Dr. Allison Osmond who recently completed the Anatomical Pathology residency program and passed her Royal College exams. Allison has been accepted to the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine fellowship program for a one-year clinical fellowship in surgical pathology (gastrointestinal and skin pathology) effective July 1, 2015.

News Stories

Update In PathologyWelcome to Andrew Zhang

Congratulations to Andrew (Tianzhu) Zhang, who graduated from our PA Program in 2015. Andrew has been offered and has accepted a position as a Pathologists’ Assistant at the LHSC University Hospital campus.  Read More.
Update In PathologyWe Act Video

The latest issue of the Dean's Video Newsletter provides an update on the We Speak Survey and We Act action items.  Watch Video.
Update In PathologyStrategic Planning - Call for Expression of Interest

The School is currently seeking expressions of interest from people who would like to serve on the Strategic Planning Steering Committee.  Read More

Grants

Update In PathologyCIHR Operating Grant

Congratulations to Dr. Xiufen Zheng, Lawson Scientist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. Dr. Zheng is the principal investigator in a 5-year CIHR Operating Grant, totaling $480,865. Dr. Weiping Min (cross appointee) is coinvestigator on this project titled “The role of growth differentiation factor (GDF) 15 in heart transplantation.”

Upcoming Events

Update In PathologyNERDs August Open Forum - "Small Group Facilitation"

Speaker Dr. Mark Weyers
Thursday, August 20, 2015 @ 11:30 am |  
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Publications

  1. Kum JY, Khan ZA   Mechanisms of propranolol action in infantile hemangioma.  Dermato-Endocrinology, 6:1, e979699  DOI:  10.4161/19381980.2014.979699
     
  2. Boycott K, Hartley T, Adam S, Bernier F, Chong K, Fernandez BA, Friedman JM, Geraghty MT, Hume S, Knoppers BM, Laberge AM, Majewski J, Mendoza-Londono R, Meyn MS, Michaud JL, Nelson TN, Richer J, Sadikovic B, Skidmore DL, Stockley T, Taylor S, van Karnebeek C, Zawati MH, Lauzon J, Armour CM; Canadian College of Medical Geneticists.  The clinical application of genome-wide sequencing for monogenic diseases in Canada: Position Statement of the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists. J Med GenetTop of Form 2015 Jul;52(7):431-7  DOI:  10.1136/jmedgenet-2015-103144  PMID:  25951830
     
  3. Anborgh P, Caria LBR, Chambers AF, Tuck AB, Stitt LW,  Brackstone M  Role of plasma osteopontin as a biomarker in locally advanced breast cancer  Am J Transl Res  2015; 7(4): 723–732  PMID:  26064440
     
  4. Imani F, Ramezani M, Nouranian S, Gibson E, Khojaste A, Gaed M, Moussa M, Gomez JA, Romagnoli C, Leveridge M, Chang S, Fenster A, Siemens DR, Ward AD, Mousavi P, Abolmaesumi P  Ultrasound-Based Characterization of Prostate Cancer Using Joint Independent Component Analysis.  IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 2015 Jul;62(7):1796-804 DOI:  10.1109/TBME.2015.2404300  PMID:  25720016
     
  5. Torchia J, Picard D, Lafay-Cousin L, Hawkins CE, Kim S-K, Letourneau L, Ra Y-S, Ho KC, Chan TSY, Sin-Chan P, Dunham CP, Yip S, Ng H-K, Lu J-Q, Albrecht S, Pimentel J, Chan JA, Somers GR, Zielenska M, Faria CC, Roque L, Baskin B, Birks D, Foreman N, Strother D, Klekner A, Garami M, Hauser P, Hortobágyi T, Bognár L, Wilson B, Hukin J, Carret A-S, Van Meter TE, Nakamura H, Toledano H, Fried I, Fults D, Wataya T, Fryer C, Eisenstat DD, Scheineman K, Johnston D, Michaud J, Zelcer S, Hammond R, Ramsay DA, Fleming AJ, Lulla RR, Fangusaro JR, Sirachainan N, Larbcharoensub N, Hongeng S, Barakzai MA, Montpetit A, Stephens D, Grundy RG, Schüller U, Nicolaides T, Tihan T, Phillips J, Taylor MD, Rutka JT, Dirks P, Bader GD, Warmuth-Metz M, Rutkowski S, Pietsch T, Judkins AR, Jabado N, Bouffet E, Huang A.  Molecular subgroups of atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumours in children: An integrated genomic and clinicopathological analysis.  The Lancet Oncology  Volume 16, No. 5, p569–582, May 2015  DOI:  10.1016/S1470-2045(15)70114-2
     
  6. Lerner-Ellis J, Wang M, White S, Lebo MS; Canadian Open Genetics Repository Group (incl Sadikovic, B). The clinical application of genome-wide sequencing for monogenic diseases in Canada: Position statement of the Canadian College of medical geneticists.  J Med Genet. 52 ( 7 ) pp. 438 – 445  DOI:  10.1136/jmedgenet-2014-102933  PMID:  25904639
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