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January 2017
Volume 4 | Issue 1

Save the Date - March 30, 2017 PaLM Research Day

Dr. Martin Chalfie is one of the world’s most celebrated scientists and received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2008 together with Osamu Shimomura and Roger Y. Tsien "for the discovery and development of the green fluorescent protein, GFP".  The discovery has completely changed the landscape of biomedical research and represents the most common way of labelling proteins in cells and animals.  Dr. Chalfie has continued to provide biological insights into nerve cell development and function, and the mechanisms of neurodegeneration.  His seminal contributions have been recognized with other prestigious awards as well, including the Distinguished Scientist Award by the American Heart Association, the Golden Goose Award, and the Lewis S. Rosenstiel Award for Distinguished Work in Basic Medical Science.  We are truly honoured that Dr. Chalfie will deliver the Paterson Lecture.

WE SPEAK: Faculty & Staff Survey 2017

Your feedback is valuable and important, as it will offer insights that can start conversation for positive change within your Faculty/Division and at Western as a whole. The survey will take approximately 20 minutes. Check your email for your unique survey link.  Read more

PaLM Twitter Account

We are very excited to let you know that the department now has a Twitter account. If you are a Twitter user, please, please, follow us. You can find us on Twitter by searching for @westernuPaLM.  Read more

Congratulations to Dr. Mark Darling

Dr. Mark Darling made the USC Teaching Honour Roll 2015-2016 in Dentistry.  Read more

News Stories

Update In PathologyPathology Matters

Dr. Matt Cecchini was one of many pathologists and researchers, including 21 trainees, to attend the inaugural Pathology Matters meeting hosted by the Ontario Molecular Pathology Research Network (OMPRN).  Read more
Update In PathologyJAF Stevenson Memorial Scholarship recipient

Rebecca Mantha, a PaLM alumna (MClSc - 2014), was the recipient of a JAF Stevenson Memorial Scholarship.  Read more
Update In PathologyCongratulations to the following Graduate Students

Hayley Good, MSc Candidate with Dr. Samuel Asfaha on receiving an LHRI studentship for 2017.  Rebecca Sullivan, MSc Candidate with Dr. Savita Dhanvantari on receiving an LHRI Studentship for 2017.  Kara Ruicci, MD/PhD Candidate with Dr. Anthony Nichols on receiving the Otolaryngology Graduate Research Stipend for 2017.
Update In PathologyCongratulations Dr. Cady Pocrnich

Dr. Cady Pocrnich received her official Diploma for AFC in Cytopathology in December 2016! Congratulations to Cady for all her hard work and to the team for supporting her. 
Update In PathologyA small but powerful team

The Master of Clinical Pathologists’ Assistant Program at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry may be small in size, but that doesn’t take anything away from the impact of their work and commitment to the community. We sat down with one of just six students in the program, Stephanie Sharpley, to understand how the department separates itself from others and provides students a highly specialized experience.  Click here
Update In PathologyWPA Lecture Series: Ms. Katie Logan

The WPA welcomed back Ms. Katie Logan, MCISc 2012, Pathologists’ Assistant program on January 20, 2017. Katie gave a talk titled “The Road to Becoming a Pathologists' Assistant: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly”. It was well attended by undergraduate students interested in the PA program, current graduate students, faculty and staff.  Click here
Update In PathologyWPA Undergraduate Journal Critique Workshop

WPA hosted the third annual Journal Critique Workshop on January 17th, 2017. Milica Krstic, on behalf of the WPA executive council, provided tips and guidance for the fourth-year undergraduate Pathology students to read more critically and prepare for the Journal Critique presentations.  Click here

Upcoming Events

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Zhong Seminar - February

"Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), a legacy of an adverse in utero environment?"

Speaker: Dr. Tim Regnault
Thursday, February 23, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - LHSC UH Auditorium B | Click here


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