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Movember visits Dr. Bharati Bapat

July 25, 2014
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Dr. Bapat (centre) and members of Movember Canada

Dr. Bapat (centre) and members of Movember Canada

Recently, members of Movember Canada visited Dr. Bharati Bapat  in her research laboratory at Mount Sinai to see some of the work  being funded through a grant provided through their own organization and Prostate Cancer Canada.

The group received the “million dollar tour” and was able to meet the members of Dr. Bapat’s lab and see the variety of work that they do, including the work supported by the recently granted Movember Translational Acceleration Grant (TAG), “Validation of an integrated biomarker panel for detection of aggressive prostate cancer,” along with LMP’s Dr. Theo van der Kwast and other researchers.  Read more…

Congratulations to Dr. Avila-Casado

July 25, 2014
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Avila_Casado_LGCongratulations to LMP’s Dr. Carmen Avila-Casado who has been elected to serve as the next Renal Pathology Society Secretary for a three year term.

The Renal Pathology Society (RPS) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve and disseminate knowledge regarding the pathology, and patient impact, of renal disease.  The RPS looks to encourage excellence in diagnosis, develop clinical and translational research, develop education and training opportunities in renal disease and provide sponsorship to local, national and international conferences. The society also serves to provide information, news and updates in the world of renal pathology to their members.

Congratulations to Dr. Avila-Casado on this new opportunity.

 

 

 

Sunnybrook’s Blood Transfusion Lab and AABB

July 25, 2014
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aaBB logoRecently the Blood Transfusion laboratory at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre underwent their American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) assessment to review the laboratory’s transfusion standards and quality systems.

The team was well-prepared, but was thrilled when they received a score of 100 per cent, indicating a perfect compliance.

The blood transfusion lab at Sunnybrook had one lead/sole assessor, Keith Hoerth, Manager of the Transfusion Services at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals, who spent a period of one and half days looking over the laboratory.

Leading this assessment for Sunnybrook was Sneha Patel, MLT, Quality Assurance Officer.  Read more…

Congratulations to Dr. Emina Torlakovic

July 18, 2014
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TorlakovicRecently LMP’s Dr. Emina Torlakovic was awarded the Patient Safety and Quality Assurance Award (PSQA) from the Canadian Association of Pathologists at their 65th Annual Meeting.

The award recognizes Dr. Torlakovic’s leadership in quality assurance through her work in several areas around quality improvement and diagnostic testing. She is co-founder of the Canadian Immunohistochemistry Quality Control (cIQc), the first national external quality assurance (EQA) program that offers proficiency testing in immunohistochemistry (IHC) to all Canadian IHC laboratories. This is a unique academic EQA program that specializes in cancer biomarkers testing.

She is the Chair of the National Standards Committee for High Complexity Testing which published the first Canadian guidelines for standardization of immunohistochemistry testing in Pathology. This committee also developed and published other recommendations and guidelines including: CAP-ACP Clinical Immunohistochemistry Checklists: Part I and Part II, Guidelines for the Preparation, Release, and Storage of Unstained Archived Diagnostic Tissue Sections for Immunohistochemistry, and Class II IHC Checklist for MMR IHC Testing.

“I thought it was very important that we develop standards because today we are called upon for much higher accuracy in IHC, mainly driven by the development of personalized medicine,” said Dr. Torlakovic.  “We try to respond and develop highly reproducible, sensitive and specific testing relevant to the stratification of patients for targeted therapies.”

Dr. Torlakovic received the award on Tuesday July 15 at the Gala Banquet and Awards reception, during the CAP-ACP conference in Toronto.

Pathologists’ Assistants Lead Educational Seminars

July 11, 2014
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As part of the Canadian Association of Pathologist Annual Meeting in July, several members of LMP and our partner hospitals will be leading education sessions for visiting laboratory professionals from across North American that will be attending the conference. More information can be found online HERE.

Jessica Swain, Lakeridge Health

Jessica Swain, Lakeridge Health

We sat down with a few of our Pathologists’ Assistants, Sarah James from UHN, Andrea Axente from Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Jessica Swain from Lakeridge Health, who have been working together on several different educational sessions for the Annual Meeting.

We asked them about their individual sessions, their commitment to continuing education and why this type of cross-partnership collaboration is so important to laboratory medicine. Read more…

Joe Kuzma and the Friends for Life Bike Rally

July 4, 2014
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joe kuzmaOn July 27, 2014, more than 300 people will embark on a six-day, 600 km journey from Toronto to Montreal. Riders of all ages and levels of experience and crew supporting a variety of activities along the route will unite in their passion to support people living with HIV/AIDS. The Friends For Life Bike Rally is an extraordinary personal, life-changing, and challenging experience.

Joe Kuzma, Manager of Microbiology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre is volunteering at this year’s event and spoke with us about his role at the event and his involvement with the rally.  Read more…

Helen Cao and the Volunteer Service Awards

July 4, 2014
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Helen Cao imageRecently, Helen Cao, MLT in our anatomic pathology laboratory, received an award from the Government of Ontario for her work at the Hong Fook Mental Health Association.

The Hong Fook Mental Health Association is a multicultural community that understands mental health and accepts mental illness. The group works with Asian communities to keep people mentally healthy and manage mental illness from recovery to wellness, through promotion and prevention, treatment, capacity building and advocacy. Read more…

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