Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

Dr RE Bell Memorial Lecture


Dr. R. Edward Bell
Department of Clinical Pathology

1949 - 1973


The Dr. R.E. Bell Memorial Lecture is a tribute to Dr. Bell who founded Alberta's first Department of Laboratory Medicine at the University of Alberta Hospital and established academic training programs in laboratory medicine and medical technology.

Dr. Bell was born in Edmonton in 1918.  He graduated from Medical School at the University of Alberta in 1942 and promptly joined the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, reaching the rank of Captain.  After the war, he did a year of postgraduate medical training in England, a residency in pathology at the University Hospital in Edmonton, and a fellowship in pathology at the University of Minnesota.  In 1949 he returned to the University Hospital as Director of Clinical Laboratory Services.  He became Chairman of the Department of Laboratory Medicine in 1970. 

Dr. Bell's father was a physician, and Dr. & Mrs. Bell have three sons, all of whom are practicing medicine.  Two grandchildren are carrying on the tradition and becoming fourth generation health care providers; one is practicing Family Medicine in St. Albert and another is completing a Post Doctoral in Neurosciences in Montreal.


2020 RE Bell Memorial Lecture


Dr. Peter Brindley
Critical Care Physician, Professor at the University of Alberta
Medical Lead for Simulation at Alberta Health Services 

Title: TBD

Dr. Peter Brindley, MD, FRCPC, FRCP (Edin), is, first and foremost, a full-time Critical Care Physician…and darn proud of it too!. He works at the University of Alberta Hospital in both the General Systems Intensive Care Unit and its Neuro Sciences Intensive Care Unit.

Academically, Peter is a Professor with the Division of Critical Care Medicine and Adjunct Professor with the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre, University of Alberta. His interests and publications centre on various aspects of resuscitation, including the importance of crisis management and human factors, the use of simulation, and practical insights that improve teamwork during acute care. Peter is a founding member of the Canadian Resuscitation Institute and its vice-chair. He is former Medical Lead for Simulation for Alberta Health Services which he helped expand into one of the country’s largest. Peter is also a prior Residency Program Director and a prior advisor to the Canadian Patient Safety Institute. Peter’s greatest achievement remains two gorgeous little kids, in whom he delights. Neither of these wise critics seem to care about what titles he may or may not hold. However, they do expect him to be doing something important if he is away from them.

Dr. Peter Brindley was invited as our DRIvE 2020 speaker, however, with the increasing containment measurement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic the Chief Medical Officer of Health and Alberta Health requests that all large events with more than 250 attendees be cancelled. Accordingly, we have cancelled 2020 DRIvE days originally scheduled for April 24 & 25. Thank you very much for your understanding.