Department Highlights and News

DEPARTMENTAL NEWS

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2022/06 Congratulations to Dr. Cheryl Wellington on receiving a 2022 Faculty of Medicine Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Clinical or Applied Research!

2022/06 Congratulations to Dr. Corree Laule on receiving a 2022 Faculty of Medicine Distinguished Achievement Award for Overall Excellence – Mid-career!

2022/06 Congratulations to Dr. Jayachandran Kizhakkedathu on receiving a 2022 Faculty of Medicine Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Basic Science Research!

2022/06 Dr. Dana V. Devine has been elected as The Biomedical Excellence for Safer Transfusion (BEST) new President, effective September 29, 2022.

2022/06 Dr. Michelle Wong has been appointed as the new Assistant Dean, Student Affairs, Fraser, from June 1, 2022 – May 31, 2025, with the possibility of a 3-year appointment renewal term.

2022/06 Dr. Elizabeth Bryce is a recipient of the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards 2022.

2022/04 Dr. Lange, Dr. Kizhakkedathu and Dr. Yazdani-Ahmadabadi have developed a new silver-based coating for medical devices that kills bacteria and prevents infection.

2022/04 Dr. Poul Sorensen has been named the recipient of the 2022 Herman Suit Award from the the Connective Tissue Oncology Society for his pioneering work on human sarcomas, which are malignant tumors of the connective tissues. The award is presented annually for outstanding contributions to the basic science of sarcomas.

2022/04 Dr. Mari DeMarco Winner of the 2022 Michael S. Bereman Award for Innovative Clinical Proteomics.

2022/04 Dr. Tracy Tucker is a recipient of the prestigious 2021/2022 Killam Teaching Prize, which is awarded to UBC faculty in recognition of excellence in teaching.

2022/04 Feature Stories Dr. Poul Sorensen’s breakthrough cancer research has saved countless lives. But he thinks we can cut the time from discovery to treatment by 50% — or more.

2022/03 Ovarian Cancer Scientists at UBC are determined to reduce ovarian cancer deaths and suffering by 50 per cent over the next decade.

2022/03 Congratulations to Dr. Aly Karsan , who received a prestigious UBC Killam Research Prize for 2021 in the applied sciences, medicine & sciences, senior category.

2022/02 Congratulations to Dr. Ramon Klein Geltink, who has been awarded funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) to support his project titled “Metabolic monitoring of immune cell function”

2022/02 Congratulations to Drs. Leandro Venturutti, Ying Wang, Yuzhuo Wang, David Granville, Andrew Minchinton and, Edward Pryzdial CIHR Fall 2021 Project Grant Recipients!

2021/12 This year marks the UBC Faculty of Medicine’s Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (BMLSc) program’s 40th anniversary

2021/12 We wanted to share this story featuring one of our clinical faculty members, Dr. Mari DeMarco. Some truly remarkable work on Alzheimer’s diagnostics testing, and a first in Canada.

2021/12 Congratulations to Drs. Amal El Naggar, David Huntsman and Poul Sorensen for being awarded the 2021 ovCAN/Ovarian Cancer Canada-Cancer Research Society Grant for the project entitled: "CTH in clear cell ovarian cancer: a targetable legacy of endometriotic origins"
2021/08 Dr. Mel Krajden - Individual Leadership Impact Award, Life Sciences BC

2021/08 Congratulations to Dr. Torsten Nielsen for being one of the 2021 Faculty of Medicine Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients, Excellence in Clinical or Applied Research category.

2021/08 Congratulations to Dr. Mel Krajden for being one of the 2021 Faculty of Medicine Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients, Service to the University and Community category.

2021/08 Department of Pathology member Dr. Poul Sorensen has been appointed to the Order of British Columbia. Congratulations!

2021/07 Dr. Blake Gilks was just awarded the Canadian Association of Pathologists Distinguished Service Award. Congratulations Blake!

2021/05 Dr. Lien Hoang (Anatomical Pathology) - The Dr. Roberta Miller Resident Teaching Award
2021/05 Dr. Linda Hoang (Medical Microbiology) - The Dr. Melvyn Bernstein Resident Teaching Award
2021/05 The Reid Memorial Cup recipient is chosen by the graduating class; the award recognizes an instructor, staff member or student who made an outstanding contribution to the students’ educational experience. This year the students selected Ms. Jennifer Xenakis to receive this award.
2021/05 Dr. Sophia Wong, Dr. Deb Chen and Ms. Jennifer Xenakis were chosen by the graduating class to each receive the BMLSc Graduates’ Choice for Teaching Excellence Award, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
2021/05 Joanne Wouterse - Staff Service (Admin) Award, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
2021/05 Charlene Porter - Staff Service (Tech) Award, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
2021/05 Dr. Anthony Hsieh - Mentoring Award, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
2021/05 Dr. Gang Wang - Early Career Research & Discover Award , Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
2021/05 Dr. Andrew Minchinton- Research & Discovery Award , Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
2021/05 Dr. Marthe Charles - Most Valuable Player Award , Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
2021/05 Dr. Vilte Barakauskas - Excellence in Clinical Service Award, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
2021/05 Dr. Tracy Tucker - Excellence in Education Award, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
2021/05 Dr. Elizabeth Bryce - Lifetime Achievement Award, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
2021/05 Dr. Hardwick’s in memoriam page is now published:

2021/04 FROM TESTS TO VACCINES: THE LAB’S ROLE IN A PANDEMIC RCH Foundation Interview with Dr. Reza Alaghehbandan

2021/04 Dr. Poul Sorensen - AACR Team Science Award. UBC cancer researchers receive international team science award

2021/03 In the News: Vancouver Sun: Long-term care residents show weaker immune response to first dose of vaccine

2021/03 Mitacs Internship Opportunity for Summer Term 2021 (Graduate Students Job Opportunity)

2021/03 Bangladesh Academy of Sciences elects Muhammad Morshed as expatriate fellow

2021/02 Dr. Ramon Klein Geltink Emerging Scholar Award, Research at Canadian Cancer Society .
2021/01 Dr. Reza Alaghehbandan, Clinical Associate Professor at the Dept of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, has been elected a fellow of the American College of Epidemiology (ACE). Congratulations!
2020/12 Congratulations to Dr. Jayachandran Kizhakkedathu, who was recently inducted as a Fellow, Biomaterials Science and Engineering (FBSE)! Well-deserved for all you have done to advance the biomaterials field.

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2020/12 Congratulations to Dr. William Lockwood - Outstanding reviewer recognition for exemplary contribution to peer review during the fall 2019 Project Grant competition. College of Reviewers - Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
2020/12 Congratulations to Dr. Shazia Masud recipient of Service Award for validating and implementing molecular SARS-CoV2 testing at Fraser Health
2020/12 Congratulations to Dr. Andrew Minchinton recipient of the BC Cancer long service recognition award
2020/12 Congratulations to Dr. Dana Devine recipient of the International Society of Blood Transfusion Presidential Award 2020

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2020/11 Gift announcement!: Throughout his career, Don Rix had supported laboratory quality including providing a donation in 2007 that supported the establishment of the Program Office for Laboratory Quality Management. Don Rix’s rich history in quality and research will continue to be recognized through his daughter, Laurie Rix’s generous donation, and the Provost’s matching funding, that will enable the creation of the Rix Professorship in Laboratory Quality, a grant tenure track appointment. The creation of this appointment will allow the successful successor to build upon foundations of Education, Outreach, and Research activities of Clinical Microbiology Proficiency Testing program and Program Office for Laboratory Quality.
2020/11 Sharing recent CFI success: Linking Transmission Metadata to Viral Genotype and Serological Response of COVID-19 Principal Investigator: Dr. Mel Krajden (Pathology and Laboratory Medicine) $630,000

2020/11 Sharing recent CFI success: The ABCD Consortium (“Accelerating Blood and Cardiopulmonary COVID-19 Diagnostics”) Principal Investigator: Dr. Mari DeMarco (Pathology and Laboratory Medicine) $502,600

2020/10 Congratulations Dr. David Granville on your new appointment as Associate Dean of Research at VCHRI!
2020/10 Congratulations to Dr. David Huntsman for being elected to fellowship in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) 2020

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2020/10 Congratulations to Dr. Philipp Lange, recipient of a Canada Research Chair Tier II Award 2020-2025
2020/09 Dr. Christian Steidl wins 2020 Faculty of Medicine Award Congratulations to Dr. Christian Steidl for his FoM Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Basic Science Research, in recognition of meritorious performance.

2020/09 Dr. Philipp Lange wins 2020 Faculty of Medicine Award Congratulations to Dr. Philipp Lange for his FoM Distinguished Achievement Award for Overall Excellence – Early Career, in recognition of meritorious performance.

2020/09 We are delighted to announce the newest faculty member to the Centre for Heart Lung Innovation (HLI) and the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. Dr. Wang will start her appointment as an Assistant Professor at UBC in March 2021."
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2020/08 COVID research news story. Blood test could prevent COVID-19 patients from getting sicker

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2020/08 Congratulations to Dr. Mel Krajden of the BC Centre for Disease Control on being appointed to the Order of British Columbia, the province's highest form of recognition! Join us in celebrating Dr. Krajden for his leadership & contributions to the province!

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2020/07 Congratulations to Dr. Mari DeMarco on receiving funds from MSFHR! The team will be developing a next-generation serology test to identify which patients will become severely ill from COVID19.

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2020/07 Dr. Morshed is one of the COVID-19 Research Response Fund Awardee. How do you facilitate COVID19 community immunity for people who are street entrenched, in prison, or live in remote or rural communities? Dr. Morshed will investigate this w/ funding from MSFHR's COVID19 Research Response Fund.

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2020/07 Congratulations to Dr. Agatha Jassem on receiving funds from MSFHR! "Population-based Study of Coronavirus Antibody Cross-Reactivity to Inform SARS-CoV-2 Seroprevalence Surveys, Severity Profiles, and Vaccine Strategies"

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2020/06 Dr. Titus Wong is one of The 2020 Innovation and Translational Research Award winner, Congratulations! "Using proven methods to prevent surgical site infections"

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2020/06 Dr. Chris Lowe was funded as part of the Genome BC COVID. "Development of sensitive and quantitative molecular technologies for SARS-CoV-2 detection"

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2020/06 Congratulations to Dr. David Schaeffer recipient of Junior Scientist Award - Canadian Association of Pathologists (CAP-ACP)

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2020/06 The biobank group that Dr. Peter Watson direct at BC Cancer (Tumour Tissue Repository) was the recipient of a PHSA+ team award 2020. One of 5 team awards this year recognized for excellence and advancing PHSA values
2020/06 Congratulations to Dr. David Schaeffer recipient of the Doctors of BC (DoBC) 2020 Recognition Award

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2020/06 Congratulations to Dr. Amir Karin recipient of The Alan Pollard Post-Doctoral Clinical Chemistry Travel Award, University of Toronto!

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2020/06 Dr. Amanda Wilmer (MM-Kelowna) - The Melvyn Bernstein Resident Teaching Award, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
2020/06 Dr. Hui-Min Yang (Anatomical Pathology-VGH) - The Roberta Miller Resident Teaching Award , Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
2020/06 Ms. Jennifer Xenakis BMLSc Graduates’ Choice for Teaching Excellence Award and The Reid Memorial Cup, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
2020/06 Dr. Elisabeth Maurer BMLSc Graduates’ Choice for Teaching Excellence Award, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
2020/06 Dr. Sophia Wong BMLSc Graduates’ Choice for Teaching Excellence Award, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
2020/06 Dr. David Granville in the news Researchers uncover a novel approach for treating eczema.

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2020/06 In the News: Dr. Titus Wong (Vancouver Sun, May 30, 2020) Copper surfaces can reduce spread of disease in hospitals: VCH study

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2020/05 Dr. Christian Steidl - Excellence in Research and Discovery Award, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
2020/05 Dr. Monika Hudoba - Most Valuable Player Award, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
2020/05 Dr. Douglas Webber - Excellence in Clinical Service Award, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
2020/05 Dr. Natalie Prystajecky - Excellence in Research and Discovery Award – Early Career, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
2020/05 Dr. Andrew Shih - Excellence in Mentoring Award, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
2020/05 Dr. Michael Kelly - David Hardwick Lifetime Achievement Award, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
2020/05 Dr. Michael Sutherland - Excellence in Education Award, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
2020/05 Cheryl, congratulations on grabbing the front page of the Sun this morning! COVID-19: B.C. research focuses on managing immune response in critically ill patients
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2020/05 Ms. Loretta Rothstein - Staff Service Award (Technical), Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
2020/05 Ms. Joanna Huang - Staff Service Award (Administrative), Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
2020/04 Dr. Daniel Holmes appointed a new Head for St. Paul’s Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Please welcome us in congratulating Dr. Holmes on his new leadership role with St. Paul's Hospital and the Dept of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, UBC.
2020/03 PhD DEFENCE - Student: Emily Button [ TITLE: VASOPROTECTIVE FUNCTIONS OF HIGH-DENSITY LIPOPROTEINS ON THE CEREBROVASCULATURE AND THEIR RELEVANCE FOR ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE ]
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2020/03 Dr. Aly Karsan has been named this year’s recipient of the Genome BC Award for Scientific Excellence by LifeSciences BC. The award winners represent the full spectrum from discovery to commercialization, underscoring the depth of knowledge that significantly contributes to the BC bioeconomy, while improving the lives of patients here in BC and around the world.
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2020/02 Dr. Poul Sorensen Awarded the 2020 Aubrey J. Tingle Prize Internationally recognized pediatric cancer researcher Dr. Poul Sorensen has been named the eleventh recipient of MSFHR’s Aubrey J. Tingle Prize.
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2020/02 Congratulations to Dr. Philipp Lange, recipient of a CIHR Early Career Investigator in Cancer Award!
2019/11 Congratulations to Dr. David Schaeffer on his promotion to Associate Professor in the 2018/19 academic promotion round.
2019/11 Drs. David Huntsman, Randy Gascoyne, and Ian Mackenzie have recently been named to international 2019 Highly Cited Researchers List. Congratulations!
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2019/11 Dr. Dana Devine - recipient of named lectureship (annual award) from the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. J. David Grimes Lecture given Nov 8, 2019. Title: IMPROVING THE QUALITY AND SAFETY OF BLOOD TRANSFUSION PRODUCTS
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2019/09 MSc DEFENCE - Student: Anam (Nan Nan) Liu [TITLE: A SEMI-AUTOMATED ASSAY FOR RADIATION-INDUCED INTESTINAL DAMAGE IN MICE]
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2019/09 Dr. Poul Sorensen! We are happy to share, Dr. Sorensen is the recipient of the 2019 Bloom Burton Award. The Bloom Burton Award honours an individual scientist, inventor, executive, entrepreneur, industry leader, or policy maker who made the greatest contribution to Canada’s innovative healthcare industry in the previous year.
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2019/09 MSc DEFENCE - Student: Samuel Weng [TITLE: DEVELOPMENT OF HIGH-EFFICIENCY UNDECANAL-BASED N TERMINI ENRICHMENT (HUNTER) FOR MONITORING PROTEOLYTIC PROCESSING IN LIMITED SAMPLES]
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2019/09 Dr. Poul Sorensen! Congratulations to Dr. Poul Sorensen, one of three members of the UBC Faculty of Medicine to be elected to the Royal Society of Canada (RSC).
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2019/09 Dr. David Huntsman! Congratulations to Dr. David Huntsman, one of three members of the UBC Faculty of Medicine to be elected to the Royal Society of Canada (RSC).
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2019/09 Dr. Bruce Verchere: Congratulations to Dr. Verchere 2019 MSFHR Innovation to Commercialization award recipient.
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