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June 2015
Volume 2 | Issue 6

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine partners with the Biotron Experimental Climate Change Research Centre at Western University to provide Electron Microscopy 

A new partnership to provide Electron Microscopy diagnostic services has been officially welcomed by Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (PaLM) and the Biotron Experimental Climate Change Research Centre at Western University (Biotron).

Electron Microscopy allows ultra-structural assessment of tissue specimen and is a critical component of diagnosis, especially in the area of kidney disease, transplantation and neurology.  This work benefits not only the patients of London but also patient specimens referred from several regional hospitals as well as providing expertise in ultra-structural examinations for local researchers. The Biotron houses a Microscopy and Data Analysis Suite featuring the latest confocal, digital light and fluorescence, transmission and scanning electron microscopy technology.  In this new partnership, the Biotron is providing a state of the art electron microscopy facility that is being used by PaLM technologists and pathologists for assessment of patient specimens.

The official opening of this partnership was marked by an open house with staff and physicians from PaLM touring the space and learning about the technological capabilities at the Biotron.  The group was welcomed by Dr. Subrata Chakrabarti, Chair/Chief Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Western University, LHSC and St. Joseph’s Health Care London as well as Dr. Brian Branfireun, Director, Biotron.

In his remarks, Dr. Chakrabarti stated “The previous EM lab was located at South Street since the 1980’s.  We needed to move the electron microscope but did not have the appropriate space.  Through a collaborative effort with the Biotron Experimental Climate Change Research Centre at Western University we were able to renovate space in the Pathology Laboratory at University Hospital as well as negotiate a rental agreement for use of the electron microscope at the Biotron Centre”.  The new space was meticulously planned to create better flow and efficiency for the laboratory technologists and working in the Biotron allows for exchange of expertise with their staff.

The Biotron Experimental Climate Change Research Centre at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada is a unique, purpose built facility housing specialized environmental chambers, laboratories and equipment dedicated to research in the fields of environmental sciences, biotechnologies, materials and biomaterials, and engineering. The Biotron is a keystone facility supporting research on biotic and abiotic processes in the environment, and specializes in the simulation of natural environments at a range of scales. There is also a fully equipped Analytical Laboratory Suite with a range of instruments such as inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry, ion chromatography and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry for the measurement of elements and compounds in water, soil, rock, and biological materials. These suites operate as service centres providing student and faculty training, technical assistance, and fee-for-service analyses to a wide variety of academic and industry users. 

Resident and Fellow's Celebration Tea

On June 17th we had a celebration tea for our graduating Residents and Fellows. We were able to congratulate Drs. Allison Osmond and Fahd Al-Sulfiani who passed their Royal College Exams, as well as, Drs. Chaturika Herath and Amir Salehi who successfully completed their fellowships in Anatomic Pathology. In addition, Dr. Qi Zhang was awarded the Annual Resident Award of Excellence for his contributions to the department. Congratulations to all.

2015 Gold Medals in BMSc Pathology Modules

Congratulations to Neruja Loganathan (Honors Specialization in Pathology and Toxicology) and Hayley Good (Major in Pathology) for receiving the Gold Medal for 2014-2015.  Both Neruja and Hayley achieved the highest average in their respective BMSc Pathology modules.  The medals were presented to Neruja and Hayley by Dr. Khan at the 2015 BMSUE Awards Ceremony on June 11.  Congratulations to both Neruja and Hayley for such a fantastic achievement.

Tal Milman wins the 2015 Glaucoma Society Student Award

We would like to congratulate Tal Milman (BMSc Pathology and Toxicology 2014-2015; thesis supervisor Dr. Cindy ML Hutnik) for receiving the 2015 Canadian Glaucoma Society Student Research Award.  The award was presented to Tal during the Canadian Glaucoma Society Annual Meeting in Victoria, British Columbia on June 19.

News Stories

Update In PathologyDr. Tom Daley Retiring

It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to Dr. Tom Daley, who is retiring from the University of Western Ontario on June 30, 2015 after 33 years of dedicated service.  Read More
Update In PathologyWPA hosted the Pathology End-of-year Potluck BBQ

On June 21, 2015, students, staff, and faculty members came together to enjoy a potluck-style BBQ at Gibbon's Park. The weather was perfect and we had an excellent turnout. Stay tuned for future WPA events in the upcoming academic year. Read More
Update In PathologyNew BMSc Honors Specialization in Microbiology and Immunology with Pathology

We are excited to introduce the new BMSc Honors Specialization module in Microbiology & Immunology with Pathology.  The module has received senate approval and will be offered to third year students for 2015-2016.  Read More
Update In PathologyDr. Subrata Chakrabarti speaker at the CAP-ACP William Boyd Award Lecture

Dr. Subrata Chakrabarti has been invited to deliver CAP-ACP William Boyd Award Lecture on Sunday, June 21, 2015 at the Canadian Laboratory Medicine Congress, Montreal, Quebec.  
Update In PathologyDr. David Driman received the CAP-ACP Award

Congratulations to Dr. David Driman on being presented the Canadian Association of Pathologists (CAP-ACP) Leadership in Education award.  This award recognizes Dr. Driman for being an outstanding leader in education in the CAP-ACP. Read More
Update In PathologyLei Gong, MClSc-Pathologists' Assistant Graduate Student 

Lei Gong was awarded a Certificate of Recognition for Best Poster "Intra-departmental quality assurance (QA) program for pathologists' assistants (PA) in surgical pathology" at the 66th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of Pathologists Congratulations Lei.


Dr. Edith Arany has received a Lawson Health Research Institute (LHRI) Internal Research Fund award for her project titled “Effect of dietary olive oil supplementation during pregnancy to diabetic mothers, and its impact on pancreatic development on their offspring at birth and at young adulthood”.  
Dr. Subrata Chakrabarti, and Richie Filek (PhD candidate) have also received a LHRI Internal Research Fund award for a summer studentship, for their project titled “Structural and Functional Changes to the Retina and Optic Nerve Following Anti-VEGF Treatments in Diabetic Retinopathy”
Dr. Patrick Luke (Graduate Faculty, Pathology) received a PSI foundation grant for his project titled "Immunological impact of carbon monoxide releasing molecule in renal transplantation." Read More


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