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August 2015
Volume 2 | Issue 8

Sealing the leaks: Short-term gain for long-term demise?

Diabetic Macular Edema (DME) affects approximately 2.5 per cent of the nearly 2.4 million Canadians with diabetes, or approximately 60,000 people, making it a major cause of adult-onset vision loss. It occurs when blood vessels in the retina of diabetic patients become leaky, resulting in unwanted fluid accumulation in the centre of vision known as the macula. This can lead to blindness if untreated.

Originally used in the treatment of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), anti-VEGF drugs are now being used to control the leakage and abnormal growth of retinal blood vessels. This treatment requires repeated and frequent injections. 

“Numerous questions have now emerged related to potential structural and functional changes to the retina caused by the therapy, as well as influences on intraocular pressure and overall retinal perfusion,” explains Richard Filek, PhD candidate.

Filek is a successful applicant of Lawson’s Spring 2015 Internal Research Fund (IRF) for the studentship “Structural and Functional Changes to the Retina Following Anti-VEGF Treatments in Diabetic Retinopathy.”  Read More.

Welcome to our new Assistant Professor Dr. Gerald McKinley

Welcome to Dr. Gerald McKinley who joins our department in a tenure track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. Dr. McKinley’s primary role will be that of a Medical Anthropologist with the Schulich Interfaculty Program in Public Health.  Read More.

Embracing a personal challenge 

When Zia Khan, PhD, received the opportunity to come back to Canada to work at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, he set some goals focused on teaching and administration. And while it meant he had to step out of his comfort zone, he was committed and has never looked back.  Read More.

Budget Meetings 

Our fall budget meetings have been scheduled on October 13th and November 9th. Please contact Mair to schedule a meeting if you have budget requests for this fall’s submission (2016-17 budget). There is a short video which gives a high level overview of the budget process.  Watch Video.

News Stories

Update In PathologyWelcome to our new Residents

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine welcomes our new residents Drs. Paul Plantinga, Thomas Shi, and Kristopher Langdon.  Read More.
Update In PathologyWelcome to our new Research Based Graduate Students 

We would like to welcome our new incoming research based graduate students who are beginning in September.  Read More.
Update In PathologyWelcome to our new Master of Clinical Science Students

We would like to also welcome our new Master of Clinical Science- Pathologists’ Assistant Graduate Students.  Read More.
Update In PathologyWelcome to Dr. Hanxin Lin

On September 1st the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine will welcome Dr. Hanxin Lin who has been appointed as a Molecular Geneticist at LHSC. Dr. Lin will hold a faculty appointment in our department at the rank of Assistant Professor.  Read More.

Upcoming Events

Candidate in Viral Evolution  

“Optimal persistence of an oncogenic papillomavirus genome requires the viral transcriptional enhancer"

Speaker Dr. Koenraad Van Doorslaer
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 @ 12:00 pm |  
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Candidate in Viral Evolution 

“Finding the Roots of an Epidemic: the Phylogenetics of HIV"

Speaker Dr. Art F.Y. Poon
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 @ 12:00 pm |  
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Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Graduate Programs Orientation

Tuesday, September 8, 2015 @ 1:30 pm, MSB 148 |  Read more
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Undergraduate, Graduate and Postgraduate Meet and Greet

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 @ 3:30 pm, Grad Club, Middlesex College |  Read more
Please RSVP to tracey.koning@schulich.uwo.ca before September 9th if you are attending.
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Grand Rounds

"Identifying Lynch syndrome in patients with gynecologic cancers: implementation of reflex testing strategies and its implications"

Speaker Dr. Blaise Clarke
Thursday, September 17, 2015 @ 12:00 pm |  
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Candidate in Viral Evolution 

“ Deciphering viral evolution and emergence: insights from chikungunya virus "

Speaker Dr. Rubing Chen
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 @ 12:00 pm |  
Read more


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