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OMPRN’s Governance

OMPRN activities are approved by a Steering Committee, which is responsible for governance and oversight of the Network and the three streams of work in Awareness & Outreach, Education and Pathology-Led Research. The OMPRN Steering Committee is made up of pathologists from centres throughout Ontario and meets quarterly.

Network Leads

Kyster Nanan

Kyster Nanan

Education Lead & Project Manager
Dr. Kyster Nanan is an experienced project manager and education developer at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON.

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Harriet Feilotter

Harriet Feilotter

Dr. Harriet Feilotter is a Professor in the Pathology and Molecular Medicine Department at Queen’s University. She is also Director of the Molecular Genetics Laboratory at Kingston Health Sciences Centre. Dr. Feilotter's research focuses on the implementation of biomarkers to be used in the screening, diagnosis or treatment of human diseases, including cancer.

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Biomarkers
Diagnostics
Genetics
Michelle Downes

Michelle Downes

Dr. Michelle Downes is an Associate Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology at the University of Toronto.

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Biomarkers
Diagnostics
Proteomics

Steering Committee

Bryan Lo

Bryan Lo

Dr. Lo is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Anatomical Pathology at the Ottawa Hospital. He is also the Lead Scientist and Medical Director of the Ottawa Hospital's Molecular Oncology Diagnostics Laboratory.

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Biomarkers
Diagnostics
Genetics
Tracy Stockley

Tracy Stockley

Dr. Stockley's interests include the development of novel molecular diagnostic testing using high-throughput methodologies, and implementation and evaluation of genetic and genomic tests, particularly for acquired and inherited cancers.

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Biomarkers
Diagnostics
Genetics
Bibianna Purgina

Bibianna Purgina

Dr. Purgina is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Director of Residency Training Program for Anatomical Pathology. She is a specialist in head and neck, endocrine, bone and soft tissue pathology. Dr. Purgina is also actively involved in anatomical pathology residency education and quality and patient safety initiatives in anatomical pathology.

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Biomarkers
Diagnostics
Amadeo Parissenti

Amadeo Parissenti

Dr. Parissenti is a Health Sciences North Research Institute scientist and Laurentian University professor. His research is focused on identifying factors that affect the efficacy of anti-cancer drugs.

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Chemotherapy
Immunology
RNA Biology
Chris Howlett

Chris Howlett

Dr. Howlett is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Western University in London, ON. His clinical activites include surgical and autopsy pathology, as well as implementation and interpretation of molecular pathology tests. The major research focus of his laboratory is to gain a better understanding of the pathogenesis of gastrointestinal neuroendocrine tumours. A secondary focus is aimed at discovering molecular abnormalities in Hodgkin lymphoma.

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Molecular Pathology
Terry Hawrysh

Terry Hawrysh

Terry Hawrysh is a cancer survivor and advocate for a healthcare system that consistently delivers superior patient outcomes. Trained as a professional engineer, he also dedicates himself to health care initiatives that incorporate and find relevance in the views of patients with lived experience. Terry is also part of the OMPRN Patient-oriented Microlesson Initiative.

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Karen Haas

Karen Haas

Karen is a member of the SickKids Family Advisory Network, Research Family Partner and Cancer Advocate for Kids, Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA). Karen is also part of the OMPRN Patient-oriented Microlesson Initiative.

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Clinton Campbell

Clinton Campbell

Dr. Clinton Campbell is a hematopathologist at William Osler Health System with clinical experience in blood and bone marrow morphology, transfusion medicine, special coagulation, red cell disorders, digital pathology and laboratory management.

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Biomarkers
Diagnostics
Digital Pathology
Machine Learning
Pathology
Jane Bayani

Jane Bayani

Dr. Bayani’s research focus is on precision medicine approaches to discover and validate biomarkers using large, well-annotated retrospective clinical and clinical trial cohorts.

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Biomarkers
Diagnostics
Pathology

Other Team Members

Leigh-Ann van Strijp

Leigh-Ann van Strijp

Leigh-Ann van Strijp, the newest addition to the OMPRN team, has a Masters in Human Cell Biology. As OMPRN's Molecular Pathology Education Associate, Leigh-Ann is responsible for creating educational content for a wide variety of people in the OMPRN audience. She is also an integral part of the Patient-oriented Microlearning Initiative.

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