Glove recycling pilot program in Transfusion Medicine Lab
October 29, 2021
Jodi Shad, Green+Leader and MLT at Transufsion Medicine, identified an opportunity to reduce glove waste in the lab and suggested a glove recycling pilot program using the TerraCycle Zero Waste Box program.READ MORE
September 29, 2021
History of Pathology at St. Paul's Hospital
August 11, 2021
Thanks to the great effort of Dr. Martin Trotter, along with Dr. Terence Rutherford (both former Department Head of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Providence Health Care), the article “100 years of pathology and laboratory medicine at St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver, Canada” is published in the Canadian Journal of Pathology 2021; Volume 13, Issue 3.READ MORE
New Cassette Printer in MSJ Lab funded by MSJ Gift Shop
April 21, 2021
Last fall, Mount Saint Joseph Hospital Laboratory (MSJ Lab) received funding from the MSJ Gift Shop for a cassette printer that plays a pivotal role in the hub and spoke model of our Anatomic Pathology services at MSJ Lab. A ribbon cutting ceremony took place in January.READ MORE
St. Paul’s Hospital is a designated Using Blood Wisely Hospital
April 6, 2021
St. Paul’s Hospital (Transfusion Medicine) was recently designated as a Using Blood Wisely Hospital by Choosing Wisely Canada and Canadian Blood Services, recognizing its achievements in meeting national appropriateness benchmarks for red blood cell transfusions.READ MORE
St. Paul's Hospital Transfusion Medicine Recognized for Utilization Management Initiatives
March 23, 2021
The Provincial Blood Coordinating Office (PBCO) has recognized Providence Health Care's contribution to red cell and factor product redistribution in 2018/2019 and 2019/2020.READ MORE
Highlights in UBC Pathology Newsletter
March 10, 2021
A number of PHC Pathology and Laboratory Medicine medical/clinical staff are highlighted in the February 2021 issue of the UBC Pathology Newsletter, including their COVID-19 related research projects.READ MORE
Study to determine the impact of COVID-19 vaccines in residents of long-term care facilities in BC
February 12, 2021
Dr. Marc Romney, Medical Lead for Microbiology and Virology, is the lead researcher of a study to determine the impact of COVID-19 vaccines in residents of long-term care facilities in BC, funded by the COVID-19 Immunity Task Force (CITF).
Pooled Sample Testing for COVID-19
December 3, 2020
In September, in order to increase COVID-19 testing capacity and preserve supplies, Dr. Daniel Holmes, Head of PHC Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, spearheaded the pooled sample testing program (involving robotics and data automation) at St. Paul’s laboratory, along with team members including Dr. Marc Romney, Dr. Chris Lowe, Dr. Nancy Matic, Dr. Gordon Ritchie, Grace van der Gugten and Mahdi Mobini.READ MORE
WestJet-YVR COVID-19 Testing Study
November 30, 2020
Dr. Marc Romney, Medical Lead for Microbiology and Virology, along with Dr. Don Sin, PHC Respirologist (co-priincipal investigators) are lending their research expertise and diagnostic know-how to support the WestJet-YVR COVID-19 Testing Study using rapid antigen tests.READ MORE
COVID-19 Tests at St. Paul’s Lab
November 3, 2020
On Thursday October 29, 2020 at 17:39:17 PDT, St. Paul’s Laboratory reached its first 100,000 milestone of performing COVID-19 tests.
St. Paul’s Lab started testing for COVID-19 on February 14, performing up to 800 tests per day.READ MORE
St. Paul's Foundation Laboratory Virtual Tour Event
September 22, 2020
PHC Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (Dr. Daniel Holmes, Dr. Mei Lin Bissonnette and Dr. Marc Romney) participated in a St. Paul’s Foundation virtual fundraising event for the new St. Paul’s on September 16, 2020.READ MORE
MSFHR COVID-19 Research Response Fund
July 2, 2020
Congratulations to Dr. Mari DeMarco, Clinical Chemist at St. Paul's Hospital, and principal investigator of the "Quantitative Isotype Profiling And Dynamics Of SARS-CoV-2 Infections: Next-Generation Serology" research project that is one of the award recipients of the MSFHR COVID-19 Research Response Fund.READ MORE
BC Genome COVID-19 Rapid Response Funding Initiative
June 30, 2020
Congratulations to Dr. Christopher Lowe, Medical Microbiologist at St. Paul’s Hospital, whose "Development of sensitive and quantitative molecular technologies for SARS-CoV-2 detection" research project has successfully received funding from the BC Genome’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Funding Initiative.READ MORE
BCIT MLT Graduates and National Medical Lab Week 2020
May 1, 2020
Congratulations to the 2020 BCIT Medical Laboratory Technologist graduates from PHC Labs on May 1, 2020 amid the COVID crisis, which also coincides with the National Medical Laboratory Week (April 26 to May 2, 2020).
Recent Pathologist Retirements
April 16, 2020
Congratulations to Dr. Bruce McManus and Dr. Martin Trotter for their recent retirement in January and April respectively from clinical services at Providence Health Care Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.READ MORE
SPH Virology Lab first in Canada to have new high throughput COVID-19 testing capability
March 24, 2020
On March 21, 2020, the Virology Lab at St. Paul's Hospital started using a new high throughput, fully automated COVID-19 testing method on our Roche 6800 instruments, the first such use in Canada.
Your results may vary: the imprecision of medical measurements
March 10, 2020
Dr. Daniel Holmes, Medical Biochemist, is a co-author of a recent cover article publication in the British Medical Journal describing a tool for visualizing the variability of lab test results.READ MORE
Biomarkers and early detection of Alzheimer's
November 29, 2019
Dr. Mari DeMarco, Clinical Chemist at St. Paul's Hospital, was featured in the "Experimental drug would be first to reverse decline of Alzheimer's" article from Providence Health Care’s The Daily Scan.READ MORE
Personal Experience: AFC in Cytopathology
October 23, 2019
Dr. Nick Myles, Pathologist at St. Paul's Hospital, has returned to work after completed an Area of Focused Competency (AFC) Diploma program by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Cytopathology at McGill University, Montreal.READ MORE
The Pathologist’s 2019 Power List
September 10, 2019
Asking Why: Daily Bloodwork at Providence Health Care
September 6, 2019
For Dr. Janet Simons, Medical Biochemist and Site Medical Lead of Pre and Post Analytical, asking “why?” about routine bloodwork catapulted a change that has resulted in fewer morning collections and fewer patients a day experiencing unnecessary bloodwork that added no value to their care, as well as a new guideline.READ MORE
The Morgue: Capturing the History of a Community
August 16, 2019
Cardiogenetics – Think about it
August 9, 2019
Breast cancer biobanking and research
July 4, 2019
Dr. Yayuan (Joshua) Zhao, a Tissue Research Scientist and Pathologists’ Assistant in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, recently presented his research work “Effect of breast surgery types on tissue procurement for biobanking and research” at the Canadian Association of Pathologists Annual Meeting.READ MORE
Canadian Association of Pathologists – Distinguished Service Award
July 2, 2019
Appointment to Order of B.C.
May 31, 2019READ MORE
The Science Behind CBC: Understanding Your Bloodwork
May 14, 2019
Dr. Karen Dallas will be presenting The Science Behind CBC: Understanding Your Bloodwork webcast organized by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada on May 23, 2019, 6:00 EST (3 pm PST).READ MORE
BCIT MLT Graduates 2019
May 3, 2019
Congratulations to the 2019 BCIT Medical Laboratory Technologist graduates from PHC Labs.
Estimating reference intervals for laboratory tests
December 4, 2018
Transcatheter Aortic Heart Valves
November 15, 2018
Transcatheter Aortic Heart Valves. Department member Dr. Michael Seidman was the pathology lead in a new study which investigated correlates of leaflet thickening and structural valve degeneration (SVD) using a multimodal ex vivo analysis of explanted transcatheter heart valves.
Brain Canada award will support Alzheimer’s study
November 8, 2018
St. Paul’s Hospital clinical chemist and HLI Early Career Investigator Dr. Mari DeMarco and her research team won a $684,000 grant through the Improving Health Outcomes and Quality of Life Team Grant competition, funded through the Canada Brain Research Fund with the financial support of Health Canada and institutional sponsors. Dr. DeMarco and her group were one of six teams across Canada funded in the competition. They will use their grant to investigate the impact of Alzheimer's disease diagnostics in Canada.READ MORE
IgA-dominant glomerulonephritis with a membranoproliferative pattern of injury
October 1, 2018
Providence Health Care renal pathologists, Dr. Alex Magil (retired) and Dr. Mei Lin Bissonnette, collaborate in a study of IgA dominant membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis.
2018 MSFHR Research Trainee Award Recipients
August 27, 2018
Congratulations to Dr. Junyan Shi and Dr. Serena Singh, UBC Postdoctoral Research Fellows working with Dr. Mari DeMarco, Clinical Chemist at St. Paul’s Hospital, who are recipients of the 2018 MSFHR Research Trainee Award.READ MORE
Appointment to the Order of Canada
July 4, 2018READ MORE
BCIT MLT Graduates 2018
May 22, 2018
Congratulations to the 2018 BCIT Medical Laboratory Technologist graduates from PHC Labs.
Recent Publications from Our Department
April 20, 2018
Recent department research published in peer-reviewed biomedical journals is summarized below.
UBC Antimicrobial Resistance Symposium
March 8, 2018
2018 Heart + Lung Health FEST
February 20, 2018
Laboratory Staff Donate Over $23,000 to Lights of Hope
November 22, 2017
In memory of Christine Chuk, laboratory staff, past and present, have donated over $23,000 to the St. Paul's Foundation 2017 Lights of Hope Campaign
Photo: Dr. Audi Setiadi
Undetected Hepatocellular Carcinoma in Patients Undergoing Liver Transplantation
November 8, 2017
Dr. Wei Xiong, in the Division of Anatomic Pathology, is the first author on a recent publication in the American Journal of Surgical Pathology "Radiologically undetected hepatocellular carcinoma in patients undergoing liver transplantation."
Well Equipped to Care - PHC Laboratory and the Cullen Family
November 2, 2017
Breakthrough on IgG4-RD
July 5, 2017
Congratulations to Dr. Andre Mattman, Medical Biochemist, and Grace van der Gugten, Assay Development Specialist, at St. Paul's Hospital, and their colleagues on their breakthrough on Immunoglobulin G4-Related Disease (IgG4-RD).READ MORE
2017 UBC Pathology Early Career Research & Discovery Award
June 16, 2017
Congratulations to Dr. Mari DeMarco, Clinical Chemist at St. Paul's Hospital, who received the 2017 Early Career Research & Discovery Award from the UBC Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.
June 15, 2017
Congratulations to Melanie Kenler, St. Paul's medical laboratory technologist in Hematology for her well received education session on May 27, 2017 at the Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science LABCON2017 in Banff, AB.
BCIT MLT Graduates 2017
May 19, 2017
Congratulations to the 2017 BCIT Medical Laboratory Technologist graduates from PHC Labs.
2017 CSCC Research Excellence Award
May 1, 2017
Thank you, medical lab assistants / phlebotomists
April 26, 2017
On March 30, St. Paul’s Foundation treated our medical lab assistants/phlebotomists with pizza meals as a way to say thank you for their hard work, especially in the midst of BC’s opioid crisis.
2017 USCAP Stowell-Orbison Award
March 14, 2017
UBC Pathology Resident, Dr. Tyler Hickey received one of the USCAP Honors, a 2017 Stowell-Orbison Award - Certificate of Merit for a poster presented at the USCAP 2017 Annual Meeting.
UBC Transfusion Medicine Area of Focused Competence Diploma Program
January 25, 2017
Congratulations to Dr. Karen Dallas who has assumed the role of Program Director of the Transfusion Medicine (TM) Area of Focused Competence (AFC) Diploma Program in the University of British Columbia Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.READ MORE
BCSLS Events and Courses
January 25, 2017
Providence Health Care Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine participates in the events and courses presented by the British Columbia Society of Laboratory Science (BCSLS).READ MORE
2016 CLMA Preanalytical Excellence Award
December 16, 2016
Congraluations to Baljit Singh (former PHC Labs Quality Lead) and Janie Venis (SPH ICU nurse) who have been awarded the 8th annual BD-Sponsored Clinical Laboratory Management Association (CLMA) Preanalytical Excellence Award for the "Collaboration between Lab and ICU at St.Paul’s Hospital" project.
Translational Biomarker Research at Providence Health Care
December 14, 2016
On December 12, the DeMarco lab, in partnership with the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Providence Health Care, unveiled a new SCIEX 5500 research mass spectrometer located in the Clinical Chemistry Laboratory at St. Paul’s Hospital.READ MORE
Recipient of Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Canada Continuing Professional Development Activity Grant
November 24, 2016
Congratulations to Dr. Wei Xiong and the Anatomic Pathology Division on receiving grant from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada to support the Continuing Professional Development Activity at the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, St. Paul’s Hospital.READ MORE
ICU Nurses Toured the SPH Lab
November 23, 2016
A group of St. Paul’s ICU nurses toured the Laboratory in September 2016. Find out what they learn from the post-tour evaluation and more…
Thromboelastography (TEG) is Now Available at St. Paul’s Hospital Hematology Lab
October 12, 2016
The Thromboelastography (TEG) Hemostasis analyzer which provides comprehensive whole blood hemostasis testing that can assess bleeding (and thrombotic) risks and also monitor antithrombotic therapies is now available at St. Paul's Hospital Hematology Lab.
New App from PHC Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
September 8, 2016
The Antimicrobial Stewardship App created by PHC Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP), with involvement of PHC Medical Microbiologists, is now free for all PHC staff, physicians, trainees, pharmacists and nurses to download from iTunes.
Practical Strategies to Improve the Clinical Utility of the Dermatopathology Report
September 2, 2016
PHC physicians Dr. Martin Trotter (Pathology and Laboratory Medicine) and Dr. Sheila Au (Dermatology) are coauthors of a recent review article describing strategies to improve skin biopsy pathology reports.
2016 Hugh Curry Prize for Best Cytopathology Presentation
July 19, 2016
UBC Pathology Resident, Dr. Ema Todorovic wins the 2016 Hugh Curry Prize for best cytopathology presentation at the Canadian Association of Pathologists Annual Meeting.
2016 Clean Commuter & Wellness Challenge
July 14, 2016
Members of Team RST (Rapid-Strep-Teasers) from SPH Lab have each won a $25 gift card at the Clean Commuter & Wellness Challenge for being one of 2016’s Top Teams.
Canadian Association of Pathologists - 67th Annual Scientific Meeting
July 7, 2016
The Canadian Association of Pathologists - Association canadienne des pathologistes (CAP-ACP) is holding its 67th Annual Scientific Meeting in Vancouver on July 9-12, 2016.
2016 BC Health Care Awards - Top Innovation
June 28, 2016
Dr. Christopher Lowe, Medical Microbiologist at St. Paul's Hospital, receives the Gold Apple in the Top Innovation - Affiliate category of the 2016 BC Health Care Awards for the "Daily Chlorhexidine Gluconate (CHG) Bathing Project" on Medicine unit.
BCIT MLT Graduates 2016
June 27, 2016
Congratulations to the 2016 BCIT Medical Laboratory Technologist graduates from PHC Labs.
2016 Dr. Melvyn Bernstein Resident Teaching Award
June 22, 2016
2016 MSFHR Scholar Award
June 13, 2016
Dr. Mari DeMarco, Clinical Chemist at St. Paul's Hospital, is one of the award recipients of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR)'s 2016 Scholar Program for her project titled "Advancing Healthcare Diagnostics for Neurodegenerative Disorders".READ MORE
Whole exome sequencing for inborn errors of metabolism
May 26, 2016
Dr. Andre Mattman, Medical Biochemist at St. Paul's Hospital, contributed to a study just published in the New England Journal of Medicine that used deep phenotyping and whole-exome sequencing to investigate patients with inborn errors of metabolism.
PHC Recycling Champion
May 16, 2016
As a Green+Leader and Recycling Champion, Vanessa Yu is a strong advocate for sustainable practices in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.READ MORE
Daryl Gouthro, Transfusion Medicine, receives the CSTM 2016 Blum Award
May 12, 2016
The 2016 recipient of the Canadian Society for Transfusion Medicine (CSTM) Blum Award is Daryl Gouthro, MLT
Meet the Special Hematology Team
April 28, 2016
Recent Invited Lectures – April 2016
April 19, 2016
Several professional staff to give lectures at various institutions/events in April 2016.READ MORE
First Published Canadian Case of Zika Virus in a Returning Traveler from Central America
March 8, 2016
Dr. Michael Payne, Medical Microbiologist at St. Paul’s Hospital, in collaboration with colleagues from BC Centre for Disease Control, identified the first published case of Zika virus in Canada from Central America in the March 2016 issue of the Canada Communicable Disease Report.READ MORE
Ask The Expert - Alpha 1-Antitrypsin Deficiency: When and How to Test
March 2, 2016
In the March 2016 issue of the Clinical Laboratory News, Dr. Andre Mattman, Medical Biochemist at St. Paul's Hospital, explains how laboratories can help reduce the clinical impact of alpha 1-antitrypsin deficiency.READ MORE
Recipient of the 2016 AACC Outstanding Scientific Achievements by a Young Investigator Award
February 16, 2016
Dr. Mari DeMarco, Clinical Chemist at St. Paul's Hospital, is the recipient of the 2016 American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) Outstanding Scientific Achievements by a Young Investigator Award.READ MORE
Are you curious about Zika Virus and Canadian Blood Supply?
February 3, 2016
There’s been a lot of recent media coverage on the emerging threat of Zika virus. Read more about the virus and blood supply.READ MORE
New Alzheimer's test developed at St. Paul's Hospital Laboratory
January 26, 2016
On January 25 and 26, 2016, Dr. Mari DeMarco, Clinical Chemist at St. Paul's Hospital Laboratory, was interviewed by Global BC, the Lynda Steele Show and The Province regarding the development of a diagnostic test for Alzheimer's disease at St. Paul's Hospital.READ MORE
Implementation of next-generation sequencing for hepatitis B virus resistance testing and genotyping in the St. Paul’s Hospital virology laboratory
January 8, 2016
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is one of the leading causes of chronic hepatitis and hepatocellular carcinoma, resulting in significant morbidity and mortality worldwide.READ MORE
St. Paul's Hospital outpatient laboratory satisfaction survey
January 6, 2016
SPH Outpatient Laboratory patients are satisfied with service and staff in recent survey.
Achievements and Improvements at the Mount Saint Joseph Laboratory
January 5, 2016
On June 1, 2015 the Mount Saint Joseph laboratory went to 24-hour service.READ MORE
New Assay Development
January 5, 2016
New assays have been developed in our laboratory for measurement of renin activity, insulin analogues, and aldosterone.