Finlayson Research Day

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Next Finlayson Day: June 13th, 2025

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Finlayson Day 2024 was held on June 14th, 2024

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Thank you to all those who participated!

Finlayson Research Day is held each year by the Department of Pathology, in memory of Dr. Morrison H. Finlayson, who was on the staff at McGill for more than 20 years, as a pathologist at the Montreal General Hospital and an Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology.

A black and white portrait of Dr. Morrison H. Finlayson
Dr. Morrison H. Finlayson

Dr. Finlayson received his MB, Ch.B from the University of Edinburgh and his residency training in neurology and pathology at the University of Alberta and at McGill. His major research interest was neuropathology, and he published numerous research articles and case reports in this field. He was also an active member of many scientific associations, and became President of the Canadian Association of Neuropathologists and Vice-President of the International Society of Neuropathology.

For many years, Dr. Finlayson was also the Director of the McGill Residency Training Program in Pathology, and it is in this role that he is remembered with particular affection. His concerns for the quality of education and for the well-being of each individual during the period of their training were deeply appreciated. For these reasons, the Department of Pathology holds an annual day in his honour.

Following a special lecture by an invited speaker, brief research presentations are given by members currently enrolled in Residency Training and in the Graduate Studies Program. A prize is awarded for the best short presentation in each category, but the main goal is to provide a relaxed forum for the exchange of ideas between members of the department who are investigating a wide range of different topics, and often work in separate geographical locations within the university hospital complex. This interaction is further encouraged by the subsequent social events held in a very congenial environment.

Past Keynote Speakers

2024 - Dr. Sylvia Asa (Case Western Reserve University)

Endocrine pathologist, clinician-scientist, digital pathology expert.

2023 - Dr. Blake Gilks (UBC)

Pathologist and researcher of gynecological cancers.

2022 - Dr. Logan Walsh (McGill)

Cancer biologist at the GCI.

2021 - Dr. Rhonda K. Yantiss (University of Miami), virtual

Director of Surgical Pathology.

2020 - Dr. Ralph Hruban (Johns Hopkins), virtual

World-renowned pancreatic cancer pathology expert.

2019 - Dr. Matt Van de Rijn (Stanford)

Pathologist and researcher, gene microarray analysis of human soft tissue tumors (sarcomas).

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