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.


2018 RE Bell Memorial Lecture


Dr. Richard G. Hegele, MD, FRCPC, PhD
Professor & Vice-Dean, Research & Innovation
Faculty of Medicine
University of Toronto 

Title: The (R)evolution of Pathology

Dr. Richard Hegele was born and raised in Toronto, where he received his MD degree from the University of Toronto in 1984. He completed his internship and residency training in Anatomical Pathology at the University of Toronto and is certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Board of Pathology. Dr. Hegele subsequently completed a PhD in Experimental Pathology at the University of British Columbia (UBC). At UBC, he was promoted through the academic ranks, attaining the rank of Professor. He served as Head, UBC Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine from 2005-08. From January 2009 to December 2015, Dr. Hegele served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto. From February 2011 to December 2016, he also served as Chief, Department of Paediatric Laboratory Medicine at The Hospital for Sick Children.Since January 2016, Dr. Hegele has served as Vice Dean, Research and Innovation in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto.

My research focuses on the pathobiology of common viruses, particularly respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), in causing lung infections and in their role in asthma and COPD. Current research focuses on understanding the mechanisms of RSV binding and entry into cells to initiate infection, and kinetics of viral replication within infected cells. To this end, we have identified a cellular receptor for RSV called Nucleolin. This receptor represents a novel target for anti-viral therapy and is important because there is currently no safe, effective vaccine available for RSV. In addition to RSV pathobiology, I have had a longstanding interest in the mechanisms of the onset of allergy and asthma in children and am involved in the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study, a birth cohort of >3,000 families across Canada (