Bringing together Ontario Pathologists

Dec 19, 2016

Bringing together Ontario Pathologists

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news-photo Pathologists from across Ontario came together for the inaugural OMPRN Pathology Matters Meeting in Toronto with a program which covered different aspects of molecular pathology showcasing emerging technologies and expertise in the province. Taking place over two days in the Hyatt Hotel in downtown Toronto, attendees heard from speakers such as Dr Gerald Batist, of McGill University, on precision medicine and Dr Lincoln Stein, from OICR, on bioinformatics. Download the full meeting presentations here.

There were 106 pathologists, trainees and clinical laboratory scientists in attendance from October 19-20 providing a unique networking opportunity, showcasing molecular pathology research across the province including a session highlighting trainee pathologists. One of the trainee presenters, Dr Matthew Cecchini, a third year resident in Anatomical Pathology from Western University in London, spoke to the OICR about his experience at the meeting. Read the full interview here.

Pathology Matters Pathcore stand

The meeting also featured a number of research service providers in a 'Meet the Platform' session to demonstrate how new technology platforms can be used to drive new research questions in molecular pathology. A number of providers were included in this session and exhibition stands including Cimtec, OICR Technology Platforms, STTARR, OTB, Queen's Laboratory for Molecular Pathology, Pathcore and OICR-PMH TGL. Full list and more information on these can be found here. Conversations among attendees were also fostered through a networking reception and dinner including a game of SNPs & Ladders making a game of the common pitfalls of biomarker development.

Pathology Matters SNPs & Ladders

Attendees took part in a lively debate on whether complex molecular diagnostics will render anatomical pathology redundant with Dr John Bartlett, arguing against the motion, winning against Dr Richard Hegele arguing for. Important topics were also discussed on the second day during the OMPRN Town Hall lead by Dr David Lebrun, the Network Leader, with other members of the OMPRN Steering Committee. Points on molecular pathology topics for future meetings and workshops were captured along with the current challenges facing pathology trainees in entering a career in molecular pathology research.

Plans are already underway with the OMPRN Steering Committee Pathology Matters 2017. Registration will go live on the OMPRN Events Calendar.

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