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November 17, 2017
Residency and fellowship alumnus, Dr. Guillermo Martinez-Torres, is the inaugural recipient of the Raymond Zastrow Leadership Award from the Wisconsin Society of Pathologists. Dr. Martinez-Torres completed his residency in anatomic and clinical pathology in 1993, and forensic fellowship in 1994.

Department Chair Dr. Lydia Howell received the Papanicolaou Award and delivered the Papanicolaou Address at the American Society of Cytopathology’s 65th annual meeting in Phoenix, AZ, November 10-13, 2017.  The Papanicolaou Award is the society’s highest honor and is presented annually to a physician or PhD member in recognition of meritorious contributions in the field of cytopathology.

November 6, 2017

Associate professor Dr. Mirna Lechpammer was a speaker at the Sacramento Brain Freeze event on a November 4, 2017. This “polar plunge” event raises awareness and resources to fund critical brain tumor-specific programs to improve the lives of all those affected by brain tumors, and is hosted by the National Brain Tumor Society.

Associate professor Dr. Kuang-Yu Jen presented three posters at the American Society of Nephrology’s annual meeting in New Orleans, October 31-November 5, 2017: “Histologic Findings on Time-Zero Allograft Biopsies Correlate with Kidney Donor Profile Index (KDPI) and 30-Day Serum Creatinine”, “Variable Presentation and Histologic Findings in JC Nephropathy”, “Predominantly Vascular AL Amyloidosis Mimicking Vascular Hyalinosis on Renal Biopsy: A Diagnostic Pitfall”.

On October 27, 2017, two pathologist alumni of UC Davis School of Medicine medical school and residency program were honored by the Alumni Association.  Vice Chair of Undergraduate Medical Education, Dr.Regina Gandour-Edwards, received the Distinguished Alumni Award, and Dr. Jose Galvez, Chief of the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Biomedical Translational Research Information System, received the Transformational Leadership Award.

Resident Dr. Amir Ghorbani gave a platform presentation on dermatopathology applications of the UCD-developed MUSE microscope at the American Society of Dermatopathology's annual meeting in Baltimore, MD on October 26-29, 2017.

October 11, 2017

Director of Clinical Chemistry and Point-of-Care Testing Dr. Nam Tran hosted the first annual Sacramento Valley Point of Care Testing annual meeting at UC Davis Medical Center on October 12, 2017.

Associate Professor Dr. James Chan presented "Surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) based detection of small molecule interactions with amyloid beta" at the SCIX Conference in Reno, NV, 10/8-13.

Two posters from our GI pathology team were featured at the College of American Pathologists’ Annual Meeting  in Washington DC, October 8-11, 2017. Assistant professor Dr. Karen Matsukuma presented “ Triaging Patients with Advanced Gastroesophageal/Gastric Adenocarcinoma for Trastuzumab Therapy:  Is Her2 Immunostaining Enough?”  Assistant professor Dr. Dorina Gui was the senior author on poster “Autologous Graft vs Host Disease Involving the Gastrointestinal Tract Following Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation.”  Co-authors included resident Dr. Dongguang Wu, associate professor Dr. Kristin Olson, and molecular lab supervisor Sandy Hatcher.

Resident Dr. Andy Jones and Assistant Professor Dr. Sarah Barnhard presented a poster “Auto Anti-E in a Case of a Two-Month Old Male: A Case of IPEX” at the American Association of Blood Banks’ annual meeting in San Diego, October 7-10, 2017.

Resident Dr. George Gao is the recipient of a Trainee Travel Award from the California Society of Pathologists (CSP) to attend their annual meeting in San Francisco, 11/28-12/2.   At the meeting, he will get to meet with the CSP President, attend the Business Meeting/Legislative Update and Trainee Mixer, and more.

September 19, 2017

Professor Dr. Hwai-Jong Cheng received a new R01 award for $312,000 for his project “Neuronal Integration of Newborn Granule Cells in Aged Brains.”  Dr. Cheng is a member of UCD’s Center for Neuroscience, and has a joint appointment in the Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior in the College of Biological Sciences.

Professor Dr. Lee-Way Jin will lead the neuropathology studies in a newly funded $13 million multi-center project “Epidemiology of Age-related Dementia, Mild Cognitive Impairment and Brain Pathology in a Multiethnic Cohort of Oldest-Old”.  Funded by a R01 grant from the National Institute on Aging, investigators from the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center and UC Irvine will work with project leader Dr. Rachel Whitmer at Kaiser Foundation Research Institute.  The goal is to redefine knowledge of dementia and brain pathology in the oldest-old, provide new insights into early life risk and protective factors, uncover etiological underpinnings, and provide a framework for future studies of prevention of late-onset dementia and cognitive impairment in a multiethnic cohort.

September 14, 2017
Chair Dr. Lydia Howell visited the University of Minnesota on September 12-14, 2017.  She was a Visiting Scholar for the Women in Leadership Program and spoke on “Creating an Academic Culture for Success: Finding from a Four-Year NIH-Funded Career Flexibility Study.”  She also gave a grand rounds so the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine on “Growing Our Own in Academic Pathology: Faculty Development, Leadership and Diversity.”

Associate professor Dr. Christopher Polage was honored as a Choosing Wisely Champion and participated in the panel discussion “Choosing Wisely Champions Bring Collaboration Center Stage: Influencing Practices and Demonstrating Outcomes” on September 8, 2017 at the American Society of Clinical Pathology’s annual meeting in Chicago.

On September 7, 2017, resident Dr. Ananya Datta Mitra presented a poster “B-Lymphoblastic Leukemia with Aberrant T-cell (CD-5) Expression:  A Rare Entity” at the American Society of Clinical Pathology’s annual meeting in Chicago.

Residency program director Dr. Hooman Rashidi gave a presentation “Integrating Technology Tools into Medical Education” at UCLA on August 28, 2017.  He will be giving a repeat performance at the University of Florida, Jacksonville on September 18, 2017.

August 7, 2017
Associate Professor, Dr. Izumi Maezawa, received a new $1.6M R01 award from the National Institutes of Health for her project “Mitochondrial ROS and Microglia in Rett Syndrome”.  She and her team will pursue a mitochondria-targeting anti-oxidation strategy to treat Rett Syndrome, a childhood autism spectrum disorder currently with no cure.

Post-doctoral fellow, Fabian Lara, PhD, received the award for best abstract in Critical Care Point of Care Testing at the 69th meeting of the American Association of Clinical Chemistry in San Diego, July 30-August 3.  Dr. Lara is a mentee of clinical chemistry director Dr. Nam Tran.

August 1, 2017

Professor Dr. Alexander Borowsky is the UC Davis site PI on the UC-wide study, Women Informed to Screen Depending on Measures of Risk (WISDOM) which is funded by $14.1 million grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute that seeks to determine whether mammograms or a more personalized approach driven by the data attached to each woman’s genetic makeup, family history and risk factors are more effective to screen for breast cancer. http://ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/publish/news/newsroom/12179

On July 25, residency program director Dr. Hooman Rashidi and pathology course director Dr. Kristin Olson shared posters on the integration of technological tools in housestaff education, and on weekly clinicopathological conferences as a means of teaching clinical fellows at the Association of Pathology Chairs' 50th annual meeting in Washington DC.

Pathology course director Dr. Kristin Olson led a session on “Melding of Basic Biomedical Science and Clinical Medicine in the Fourth Year of Medical School” on June 26 at the Association of Pathology Chairs' 50th annual meeting in Washington DC.

Chair Dr. Lydia Howell co-directed the Pathology Leadership Academy and Chair’s Bootcamp at the Association of Pathology Chairs 50th annual meeting in Washington DC.

The department welcomed five new faculty members for the new academic year:  Dr. John Paul Graff (Informatics, Hemepath), Dr. Kristin Grimsrud (Mouse Biology Program), Dr. Nam Ku (Hemepath), Dr. Grace Monis (transfusion, apheresis, coagulation), Dr. David Unold (transfusion, apheresis, coagulation).

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