General Information

As every year the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the University of Alberta will be hosting the “DRIvE Days in Laboratory Services & Pathology” on April 23 & 24, 2021.  DRIvE stands for Discovery, Research, InnoVation and Education.  During the DRIvE days, we will share our translational research and innovation with all individuals interested in Laboratory Services, Pathology and Diagnostics.  In addition, numerous educational sessions and lectures presenting state-of-the-art knowledge in laboratory services will be provided for Medical Laboratory Technologists, Laboratory Scientists, Laboratory Management, Physicians, and Trainees from across Alberta.  

At past events we were able to welcome more than 300 participants in person during DRIvE Days – However, in 2021 the event will be held as a virtual meeting. On this virtual platform we will be able to provide interactive abstract session, keynote lecture by invited speakers as well as a broad spectrum of professional development and learning break-out sessions across the spectrum of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology.

The event will again include an HLA workshop held on April 24, 2021. As this is a virtual meeting, the 2021 HLA workshop will include attendees from histocompatibility (HLA) laboratories from across Canada. Topics will include updates on molecular profiles of rejection, non-HLA antibody testing, platelet allo-antibody testing, case studies, and more.

Dr. John W. Macgregor & Dr. R.E. Bell Memorial Lectures

In addition to the sessions, two departmental lectures are featured during our DRIvE days. The Dr. J. W. Macgregor Memorial Lecture will be held on Friday afternoon, April 23, 2021. It is a tribute to Dr. Macgregor who was appointed as Chairman of the Department of Pathology in 1951 and held that position for 19 years until his retirement in 1970.

The Dr. R.E. Bell Memorial Lecture will be presented at lunch time on Saturday, April 24, 2021. It 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.