Pathology Matters 2017

Nov 13, 2017

Pathology Matters 2017

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news-photo The second annual meeting of the Ontario Molecular Pathology Research Network took place at the Marriott Bloor-Yorkville Hotel in Toronto on October 5 & 6th attended by approximately 80 pathologists, trainees and clinical laboratory scientists. The 2017 program covered areas such as biomarker and informatics projects in cancer pathology, application of regulations and implementing new diagnostics in Canada and the future of molecular pathology training in Ontario.

Keynote speaker, Dr. David Huntsman of the BC Cancer Agency, spoke about the importance of understanding tumour microenvironment in developing biomarkers for ovarian cancer. Attendees also heard from Dr. Phedias Diamandis and Dr. Peter Greer, two of the successful Cancer Pathology Translational Research Grants (CPTRG) in Stream 2, on their cancer pathology research projects. To hear more about what attendees thought of the meeting read the OICR interview with Monique Johnson, a Research Technologist at The Hospital for Sick Children in Dr. Cynthia Hawkins’ lab, attending Pathology Matters for the first time.

New sessions this year included the Image Analysis and Biospecimen Clinics with panel speakers on current resources and expertise researchers can access through Ontario service providers as well as open discussion on how this can be applied to individual projects. CPTRG grantees and OICR Transformational Pathology Fellows also had a chance to present their research projects in a new OMPRN Poster Session.

Some attendees also attended the OMPRN Stats Café on October 4th (the Wednesday afternoon preceding the conference programming) with Dr. Greg Pond of McMaster University. Pathologists and trainees brought their own statistics questions and problems to the café and learned about traditional approaches and novel solutions.

Take a look at presentation slides from the meeting here

Plans are already underway with the OMPRN Steering Committee for Pathology Matters 2018. Registration will go live on the OMPRN Events Calendar. If you have suggestions for topics you would like to see on the 2018 Program please send suggestions to Elliann Fairbairn.

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