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November 2015
Volume 2 | Issue 11

Toy Drive

Its Pathology and Laboratory Medicine’s 2nd Annual Toy Drive. Help us raise a mountain of toys by buying a new, unwrapped toy. Or, if you do not have time to pick up a toy, you can drop off cash donations to Cheryl Campbell in the Main PaLM Office, DSB 4044 and a gift will be purchased on your behalf.

Diagnosing ways to improve health

The ultimate goal of Schenkel Magalhaes research is to find genetic and paediatric diseases that have this epigenetic change, so her lab can use this change as a biomarker and apply it to the diagnostics for the diseases.  Read more.

IQMH Accreditation Update 

We have received our accreditation certificates for all sites: ISO 15189 Plus Accreditation for Victoria Hospital, University Hospital, IQMH Accreditation for St. Joseph's Hospital and IQMH Accreditation for the Reese Hospital.  Read more.

Christmas Clothing Sale - PaLM Apparel 

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is having a sale on all PaLM apparel.  All clothing has been marked down: T-Shirts $10, Hooded Sweaters $25 and Fleece Jackets $40.  If you would like to buy any, please contact Tracey Koning.  Read more.

News Stories

Update In PathologyWPA Board Game Night

On November 25th, the WPA hosted our first Board Game Night at the Cardboard Cafe. With a packed house of research and clinical graduate as well as undergraduate students, the event was a huge success!  Read more.
Update In PathologyTake the Survey and Join the Conversation

You can help us by completing this survey and providing us with your candid and thoughtful input. Please think deeply about the questions and let us know what you think, feel, worry about, and hope for Schulich Medicine & Dentistry.  Read more.

Upcoming Events

Special event to celebrate the 35 year career of Dr. Robert Lannigan 

Guest Speaker: Dr. John Howard
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 @ 2:30 pm |  Read more
Schulich Medicine & Dentistry Faculty and Staff Holiday Party

Please RSVP by Friday, December 4, 2015 
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 @ 4:00 pm | Read more
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Zhong Seminar - December

"Chromatin structure dysregulation in the CNS: causes and consequences."

Speaker: Dr. Nathalie Berube
Thursday, December 10, 2015 @ 12:00 pm |  
Read more
New Faculty Lecture

"Where There's Smoke, There's Fire: How Tumor Microparticles/Exosomes Can Have Clinical Impact in Oncology."

Speaker: Dr. Hon Leong
Wednesday, December 11, 2015 @ 11:30 am |  Read more
PhD Public Lecture - Muriel Brackstone, PhD Candidate 

"Phase II Clinical Trial of Concurrent Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy with Radiotherapy in Locally Advanced Breast Cancer"

Speaker: Muriel Brackstone
Friday, December 18, 2015 @ 9:30 am |  Read more


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