Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

Dr John W Macgregor Memorial Lecture

Dr. J.W. Macgregor
Department of Pathology
1951 – 1970

The Dr. J. W. Macgregor Memorial Lecture 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. Born in Winnipeg in 1905, he obtained his medical degree from the University of Alberta. He established a residency training program in General Pathology after World War II and was also the Provincial Pathologist. While he is remembered as a stern and demanding task master he was also generous and kind and became affectionately known as "Black Mac". After his retirement he continued to work until 1975 as Emeritus Professor.


2017 Dr. John W. Macgregor Memorial Lecture

Dr.Philip Awadalla, PhD
Professor, Dept of Molecular Genetics, University of Toronto
Principal Investigator and Director, Genome Canada Canadian Data Integration Centre
OICR Senior Principal Investigator and Director, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research
Toronto, Ontario


Philip Awadalla, PhD, is a Senior Investigator at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Professor of Population and Medical Genomics at the University of Toronto, and is a Principal Investigator of the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project and biobank. He is also the Director of the Genome Canada, Canadian Data Integration Centre. Dr. Awadalla was trained at the University of Edinburgh, and his team focuses on the development of next-generation genomics approaches, model-based tools and population-based approaches to study mutation rates, genome biology, and cancer. His team’s research also focuses on systems and population genomics approaches to capture signals in population-based samples or families as well as tools to capture rare or de novo variants, potentially critical to disease phenotypes. Dr. Awadalla’s main research interests include identifying genetic determinants of blood disorders and cancers; and genomic epidemiology of age related disorders in population cohorts.