Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

Department News

Dr. Jason Acker and Dr. Janet Elliott have been named Fellows of the International Society for Cryobiology and will receive the prestigious Basile J. Luyet medal at the 2019 annual meeting of the Society in San Diego in July 2019. This is the highest honour given by the Society and is awarded to members of the Society and individuals from the cryobiology community who have made an outstanding contribution to the field. This honour has only been awarded 25 times in the Society’s 56-year history. Drs. Acker and Elliott will join only two other Canadians who have been named Fellows of the Society for Cryobiology.

Dr. Chris Le was awarded the 2018 University Cup. “The University Cup is the highest honor this university can bestow on a member of the academic staff and is awarded only to those individuals who have achieved outstanding distinction in each of the areas of scholarship research, teaching, and service”. This award recognizes Dr. Le’s outstanding teaching, leading research, and exceptional service to both the university and broader community.

The University President Dr. David Turpin presented the University Cup to Dr. Le at a special ceremony on October 12, 2108, when the Provost & Vice-President Academic Dr. Steven Dew and Vice-President Research Dr. Matthias Ruth also recognized Dr. Le’s scholarly achievements and contributions. 

Ms. Anne Halpin has been selected as the winner of the 2018 Outstanding Technologist Award by the American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ASHI).  ASHI is an international society of professionals dedicated to advancing the science, education and application of immunogenetics and transplant immunology.

Dr. Jason Acker was selected as one of seven 2018-2019 Killam Annual Professors in recognition of his outstanding contributions to scholarship and to the University community.

Ms. Lindsay Blackstock, a PhD student in our Graduate Studies Program (supervisor Dr. Xing-Fang Li) is one of 100 doctoral students in the U.S. and Canada selected to receive a "$15,000 Scholar Award" from the P.E.O. Sisterhood. The P.E.O. Scholar Awards (PSA) were established in 1991 to provide substantial merit-based awards for women who are pursuing a doctoral-level degree are chosen for their high level of academic achievement and their potential for having a positive impact on society. The P.E.O. Sisterhood, founded in 1869 at Iowa Wesleyan College, is a philanthropic educational organization dedicated to supporting higher education for women. 

Additionally Ms. Blackstock was awarded with the "Andrew Stewart Memorial Graduate Prize" for academic merit and research accomplishment at the University of Alberta. 

Dr. Kristalee Watson, PGY-4 Anatomical Pathology Resident, has won First Place, USCAP Canada Foundation Travel Award for her poster entitled "Molecular Risk Prediction in Crescentic Glomerulonephritis" at the 2018 USCAP Annual Meeting in Vancouver, BC. 

Dr. Klaudia Nowak, PGY-4 Anatomical Pathology Resident, was  awarded a USCAP Foundation Travel Award for her abstract and poster entitled "Risk Stratification of Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor Based on Gene Expression Profiling" at the 2018 USCAP Annual Meeting in Vancouver, BC.

Ms. Lisa Purdy has been appointed as Assistant Dean, Graduate Student Affairs in the Office of Learner Advocacy & Wellness, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry.

Dr. Eric Schloss has been introduced into the "Order of Canada" .  Dr. Schloss is a dermatologist and pathologist by trade who has been involved in humanitarian work both at home and abroad.  He has shared his expertise by teaching across Africa and following the 2010 Haitian earthquake, he traveled to the Caribbean nation to give medical assistance.  The Order of Canada is one of Canada’s highest civilian honours.   Recipients are recognized for outstanding achievement and service that betters the country.  See Edmonton Journal story for full details.