In celebrating the start of another academic year our annual Welcome for the new graduate students is always exciting as everyone gets together and catches up on their summer activities, while meeting our new recruits and filling them in on life in the department. Our event this year on September 22 was particularly special, for two reasons. While six of our newly admitted graduate students are settling into their laboratories, Dr. Lili-Naz Hazrati, our new Chair, has also arrived in the Department of Pathology.
Dr. Jason Karamchandani, an associate professor of Pathology was named "The Scientific Director" of the Clinical Biospecimen Imaging and Genetic (C-BIG) Repository. This newly launched Repository is making one of the world’s largest, highly-curated clinical biospecimen Imaging and genetic library of neurological disorders available to the global science community. To read more
Dr. Julia Valdemarin Burnier received a 5-year Emerging Scholar Award form the Canadian Cancer Society to support her research on how tumour cells shed DNA into bodily fluids like blood.. This good news was feature in the McGill newsletter:https://publications.mcgill.ca/medenews/2021/05/19/mcgill-researcher-receives-inaugural-canadian-cancer-society-award/and it was on CJAD: http://bit.ly/3aQfvVQ.
Sutures are used to close wounds and speed up the natural healing process, but they can also complicate matters by causing damage to soft tissues with their stiff fibers. To remedy the problem, researchers from Montreal have developed innovative tough gel sheathed (TGS) sutures inspired by the human tendon.
A donation of $1.7 million from Maxime Rémillard with another $1.3 M to come, has allowed the establishment of an innovative research project “The Karen Anthony Consortium for Lung Cancer Research”, which is the first project of the McGill Initiative for Shared Database Across Sites ( MIDAS ).
Our PhD student Christina Mastromonaco is a pioneer in the Life Sciences Entrepreneurship Development Program at Concordia…see the article at https://www.concordia.ca/cunews/jmsb/executive-centre/blog/2019/08/29/where-are-they-now-life-sciences-entrepreneurship-development-program.html
Dr. Gao has just been elected as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (FCAHS), an organization that “brings together Canada’s top-ranked health and biomedical scientists and scholars to make a positive impact on the urgent health concerns of Canadians. Fellows will have demonstrated leadership, creativity, distinctive competencies & background, and a commitment to advance academic health science.
The McGill Pathology Department congratulates Professor Alan Spatz, who, with co-PI Dr. Christopher Borchers, received a GAPP-Genome Canada grant for $1.5 Million to Develop the next generation PD-L1 assays using precision mass spectroscopy. Dr. Spatz also received a grant for 120K from the Cancer Research Society to study the regulation of mRNA translation by PR70-PP2A in melanoma. Congratulations!