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UMHS has announced that "Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and University of Michigan Health System launch statewide initiative to evaluate and improve genetic testing" with quotes from David Keren, M.D. and Scott Owens, M.D. on GTRQC (Genetic Testing Resource and Quality Consortium) and its progress.

Congratulations to Hung-An (Ana) Ting, pre-doctoral graduate student (Mentor Nick Lukacs), who has been selected as a Barbour Scholar for the 2015-2016 academic year! The Barbour Scholarship was established in 1914 for "women of the highest academic and professional caliber from the area formerly known as the Orient to study modern science, medicine, mathematics and other academic disciplines and professions critical to the development of their native lands." Along with outstanding academic accomplishments, recipients are selected on the basis of potential for contribution to their home country.

Dr. Lina Shao has been appointed the Director of the Cytogenetics Laboratory. She has been integral in the establishment of microarray technology.  The Cytogenetics Laboratory is committed to meeting CAP guidelines for turnaround time of bone marrow samples using scanning techniques and implementing new performance goals.  Dr. Diane Roulston will serve as Education Director and will continue to provide clinical service, case review, teaching, research and direct the Cytogenetics Fellowship.  

Alexey Nesvizhskii laboratory published in Nature Methods a novel bioinformatics method for data independent acquisition mass spectrometry (DIA-MS). DIA-MS is a promising new technology for analyzing complex proteomics samples, highlighted as a "Method to Watch" by Nature Methods in the "Method of the Year 2014" category. The work by Nesvizhskii lab will facilitate the adoption of DIA-MS by the proteomics community and should enable new applications of this technology in biological and translational research.

Dr. Scott Owens has been appointed the Director of the new Division of Quality and Health Improvement (DQHI).  The DQHI, with collaborative support from the University Hospital, the Faculty Group Practice, and the Department of Pathology, will join other clinical resources inside and outside the Department to change the experience of care.  Through innovative, multidisciplinary, quality and health improvement programs the focus will be on creating value for our patients, their families, and the providers we serve.

Gregory Dressler Ph.D. was elected as one of the 2014 fellows of the AAAS for his distinguished contributions to developmental biology and organogenesis, with particular emphasis on the kidney and the role of developmental mechanisms in kidney disease. The University Record

The Dean's Office in the Medical School has announced this year's recipients of the "League of Research Excellence" award.  Given to honor significant contributions to the research mission of the University of Michigan through exceptional investigation and scholarship, Pathology is fortunate to have four faculty members named to this group.  We congratulate Drs. Yali Dou, Eric Fearon, Jolanta Grembecka, and Celina Kleer  on their selection.   

The 13th Annual Pathology Research Symposium took place on Nov. 14, 2014 in the BSRB.  Organized by the department's Molecular and Cellular Pathology graduate students, the conference included scientific platform presentations and poster session and culminated with this year's keynote speaker, Dr. Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, PhD, of  the NIH.

The 2014 Dean's Awards' for exceptional accomplishments in the Medical School include two members from the Department of Pathology.  Dr. Yali Dou, Associate Professor of Pathology, will receive the Basic Science Research Award.  Mr. Martin Lawlor, Director, Division of Finance and Administration, will be honored as the Administrator of the Year.  Congratulations to both!

Dr. Peter A. Ward was recognized by the Society of Leukocyte Biology at their annual meeting in Salt Lake City with the Honorary Lifetime Award for Excellence in Leukocyte Biology Research, celebrating a career of over 50 years investigating immunity and inflammation.