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Michigan Legacy Tissue Program to Expand Patient Contribution and Clinical Research

 
Under the Direction of Dr. Rohit Mehra, of Pathology, and Dr. Ajjai Alva, of Medical Oncology, the Rapid Autopsy Program has been expanded and renamed the Michigan Legacy Tissue Program (MLTP). Originally started by Dr. Arul Chinnaiyan and Dr. Kenneth Pienta in 1996, the Rapid Autopsy Program was formed to retrieve metastatic prostate tumors for molecular study. This program continues to thrive with current input and collaboration from Dr. Jeffrey Jentzen and colleagues in Autopsy and Forensic Services. 

Molecular study of metastatic cancers is difficult because most patients with widely disseminated disease never undergo tumor resection. Performing a rapid autopsy within three hours [...]
August 15 2017

 

Visiting Professor Lectures on New Book

 
Ian Burney, Professor of History at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine at Manchester University will visit on Thursday August 17 to give a lecture on his newest book, Murder and the Making of English CSI.

The book tells the story of how one of the most iconic features of our present-day forensic landscape — crime scene investigation — came into being. Drawing on material ranging [...]
August 11 2017

 

Study by Postdoc in Nusrat Lab Published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation

 
 
A study investigating fundamental mechanisms of wound healing in the gut by Miguel Quiros in Asma Nusrat’s lab  entitled, “Macrophage-derived IL-10 mediates mucosal repair by epithelial WISP-1 signaling” was just published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation on August 7, 2017.  

Quiros and colleagues showed that IL-10  generated by monocytes recruited into healing wounds plays a fundamental role in [...]
August 11 2017

 

Laurie Griesinger, MD Honored with Academic Excellence and Achievement in Pathology Award

First year resident, Laurie Griesinger, MD, was honored with a Medical Student Academic Excellence and Achievement in Pathology Award for work she did as a medical student at University of Vermont College of Medicine.

Each year, the award is given by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) to ten students who have shown leadership ability, have a strong interest in pathology, and have achieved academic excellence. Laurie will be recognized [...]

August 10 2017

 

Stephanie Skala, MD and Team Publish Work on Upper Tract Urothelial Carcinoma

 
Dr. Stephanie Skala, Pathology House Officer IV, in collaboration with others in the Departments of Pathology, Biostatistics, Urology, Radiation Oncology, and the Michigan Center for Translational Pathology, have published work entitled [...]
August 4 2017

 

Alicia Kuzia Named New Medical Laboratory Scientist Internship Coordinator

 
Congratulations to Alicia Kuzia who was selected as the new Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) Internship Coordinator.  Alicia will officially start this fall as we prepare for the new batch of students.  Alicia participated [...]
July 17 2017

 

Clinical Pathology Quarterly All Staff Meeting

Date: July 25, 2017

Time: 9:00am – 10:00am

Location: Med Sci 1, Rm 5330

Refreshments will be served beginning at 8:30 am. Gift card drawing for those attending from last quarterly meeting. The meeting will be recorded for those unable to attend.

July 7 2017

 

Join Us in Welcoming Our 2017-2018 Fellows

You’ll see both familiar and new faces among our outstanding group of fellows for 2017 – 2018. We invite you to join us in welcoming them as they settle in for the year.

July 6 2017

 

John Harris and Dianna Banka Earn Certified Research Administrator Certification

 
 
Congratulations to Finance and Administration’s, John Harris and the Michigan Center for Translational Pathology’s Dianna Banka. John and Dianna both recently passed the Certified [...]
June 23 2017

 

Student in Dr. Arul Chinnaiyan's Lab Awarded NIH F30 Fellowship

 
Ron Siebenaler, a Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) student in Dr. Arul Chinnaiyan’s lab at the Michigan Center for Translational Pathology, was awarded the highly competitive NIH F30 fellowship for work titled, Characterization of growth factor control of Argonaute 2 and RAS interaction. The purpose of this F30 award (Kirschstein-NRSA, dual-doctoral degree, predoctoral fellowship) is to enhance the integrated research and clinical training of promising predoctoral students [...] 
June 21 2017

 

Drs. Sean Li and Kristine Konopka Assume New Education Roles

 
Dr. Sean Li will assume the role of Associate Residency Program Director on July 1, 2017 [...]
 
 
Dr. Kristine Konopka has recently been appointed to the newly created position of Director of Medical Student Clinical Clerkships in Pathology [...]
June 14 2017

 

Dr. Allecia Wilson Completes Medical Education Scholars Program

The Medical Education Scholars Program is an internationally acclaimed, 10-month program at the University of Michigan Medical School that provides an opportunity for select faculty to study and apply principles of medical education. The curriculum includes educational theory, application, and research.  Dr. Wilson is the new Pathology Residency Program Director, an active participant in the Forensic and Pediatric fellowship programs, and also teaches first-year medical students in the lecture hall and in small group sessions.
June 14 2017

 

Team Led by Rohit Mehra, MD Publishes in the American Journal of Surgical Pathology

The article “Immunohistochemical evaluation of markers suggest a role for prospective FH IHC to screen cutaneous leiomyoma patients for HLRCC”, was published this month in the American Journal of Surgical Pathology (AJSP). [...]
June 6 2017

 

Visit us, now on Facebook!

We are pleased to announce the new Umichpath facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/umichpath/
 
Through the efforts of our Communications team of Liz Walker, Brent Temple, and Dustin Johnston, the department is now officially on social media.
April 28 2017

 

The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science – Michigan 2017 Meeting

 
 

Congratulations to UM Pathology members who received awards at this year’s ASCLS meeting, held in Kalamazoo, MI on April 19-21.

As the society states: "The mission of ASCLS is to make a positive impact in health care through leadership that will assure excellence in the practice of laboratory medicine." [ ... ]

April 25 2017

 

Congratulations Dr. Carter and Dr. Sherbeck!

 
 

Cody S. Carter, MD (former Chief Resident) and John P. Sherbeck, MD, have successfully completed the 2015-2017 University of Michigan Healthcare Administration Scholars Program (HASP).

The HASP program is a twenty-month educational experience designed for house officers interested in pursuing healthcare administration as part of their careers. [ ... ]

April 25 2017

 

Nunez Lab Reports in the Journal Science: Gut Bacteria May Explain Increased Susceptibility of Newborns to Infection

Newborns are highly susceptible to enteric infections. It was assumed this was due to immaturity of their immune systems but new research in the laboratory of Dr. Gabriel Nunez, Paul de Kruif Professor of Academic Pathology, suggests otherwise.

April 24 2017

 

Governor Rick Snyder Proclaims April 23 - 29, 2017 Medical Laboratory Professionals Week

In recognition of the vital role that laboratory employees play in quality healthcare for the residents of Michigan, Governor Rick Snyder has proclaimed April 23 - 29, 2017 Medical Laboratory Professionals Week. The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science - Michigan will host Lab Week Professional Advocacy Day on Tuesday, April 25. Advocacy Day is an opportunity for laboratorians to visit the offices of their legislators in Lansing to share information about the profession and network with others in the field.

April 21 2017

 

Sriram Venneti receives ASCI young Physician-Scientist Award

Sriram Venneti, MD, PhD, was awarded the American Society for Clinical Investigation Council Young Physician-Scientist Award. This award was initiated in 2013 and recognizes young physician-scientists who are supported by NIH K or similar significant career-development awards, are early in their first faculty appointment, and have made notable achievements in their research.
April 20 2017

 

Senior resident publishes Breast Pathology consultation practice at Michigan Medicine

Fourth year resident, Ellen East, MD, was recently published in Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine. Under the guidance of Julie Jorns, MD, East investigated the practice of breast pathology consultation at a large tertiary care center. Learn more in Characteristics of a Breast Pathology Consultation Practice.

April 12 2017

 

Recent Faculty Directorships

Congratulations to the recently appointed Laboratory Directors within the Anatomic Pathology Division!

Dr. Judy Pang has done an amazing job as the interim Cytopathology Director; so amazing, in fact, that she was unanimously chosen to stay at the helm as the Cytopathology Director! Congrats to Dr. Pang!  Stepping into Dr. Pang's shoes is Dr. Andrew Sciallis, who will be taking over as the Immunohistochemistry Lab Director.

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April 11 2017

 

Disruptive Innovations Lead to New Global Impact Opportunities in Pathology

Chief Resident, Cody Carter, MD, writes about the disruptive technological innovations in histology and digital pathology that are shaking up Global Outreach possibilities in the field. He discusses the new opportunities to make a diagnostic impact for patients in Sub-Saharan Africa from the comfort of your office in No Longer an Excuse. Read it in the American Society for Clinical Pathology's quarterly publication, Critical Values.
April 11 2017

 

Proteomics Pilot Program Funds Available

 
 

The Proteomics Resource Facility (PRF) in the Department of Pathology aims to provide state-of-the-art instrumentation, technical expertise, and bioinformatic support during both discovery and validation phases of proteomic experiments to researchers at the University of Michigan.

At this time, the PRF wishes to announce that there are funds available for 2 separate pilot proteomic projects. [ ... ]

April 10 2017

 

Clinical Pathology Quarterly All Staff Meeting

Date
April 18, 2017

Time
9:00 – 10:00am

Location
Medical Sciences Building 1
Room 5330

Refreshments will be served beginning at 08:30
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March 27 2017

 

Carlos A. Murga-Zamalloa, MD receives two awards at USCAP, 2017

Hematopathology Fellow, Carlos A. Murga-Zamalloa, MD received the Benjamin Castleman Award from the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology. This award is granted for an outstanding paper in the field of human pathology. The selection, made by the Benjamin Castleman Award Committee, is based on the merit of the submitted paper and not the entire career of the author. [ ... ]

March 20 2017

 

Laura W. Lamps, MD wins the President’s Award at USCAP, 2017

Each year, the President and Executive Committee of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology have the opportunity to recognize an individual for outstanding service to the field and to the Academy. This year, Laura W. Lamps, MD received the honor. Dr. Lamps is the Godfrey D. Stobbe Professor of Gastrointestinal Pathology and also serves as Michigan Medicine’s Patient Safety Officer. [ ... ]

March 17 2017

 

Welcome Class of 2021 Pathology Residents

Please Welcome our new Pathology Residents! They are a great addition to our already outstanding classes and some may even look familiar from M4 rotations and interviews last year!

  • Krista Chain, University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • Laura Griesinger, University of Vermont College of Medicine
  • Cisley Hines, Wayne State University School of Medicine
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March 17 2017

 

A Star from the Beginning – Arul Chinnaiyan, MD, PhD leads multipronged exploration of cancer’s molecular drivers

Dr. Chinnaiyan knew early on that he wanted his research to have direct applications to clinical care. Now the S.P. Hicks Endowed Professor of Pathology, he runs his own laboratory and is the director of the Michigan Center for Translational Pathology. The goal of the center is to develop new molecular tests and therapeutics for human disease, with a primary focus on cancer. Read the full article in Cancer.
March 16 2017

 

Department of Pathology Updates - Vol 2.6

Teammates, Hard to believe it’s been 6 weeks since I last sat down to share some thoughts in Updates.  This hiatus in no way reflects a lack of content but the effects of competing priorities which is a weak excuse at best.  Since the last edition of Updates, it has been made freely available on our website under the Pathology News banner starting with volume 2 – you can check them out under the category "Jeffs DOP Updates"...

March 7 2017

 

Kristina Martin to Present Tips on Document Control at Seminar Series

Kristina Martin, MLS(ASCP)CH will present Document Control for Control Freaks during the Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics (BLD) Seminar Series at Michigan State University. The series, celebrating its 90th year, invites BLD alumni to share educational lab topics and insights from their careers in health care. Kristina’s presentation is on Tuesday, February 28 at 4:00pm EST in North Kedzie Hall, room N317.

February 17 2017

 

Work of PhD Candidate Ana Ting featured in The Journal of Immunology

 

Congratulations to Molecular and Cellular Pathology PhD student, Hung-An (Ana) Ting, in the laboratory of Dr. Nicholas Lukacs, whose work on “Notch Ligand Delta-like 4 Promotes Regulatory T Cell Identity in Pulmonary Viral Infection" is featured in the “In This Issue” section of the February 15, 2017 issue of The Journal of Immunology. The “In This Issue” highlights articles considered to be among the top 10% of articles published in the journal.  Their work is on regulating lung pathology with the Notch pathway.

February 10 2017

 

Allecia Wilson, MD Named President of the Michigan Association of Medical Examiners

Assistant Professor of Forensic Pathology and Director of the Residency Training Program, Allecia Wilson, MD has been named President of the Michigan Association of Medical Examiners (MAME). MAME's mission is to foster the highest professional standards in the performance of the duties of the county medical examiners of Michigan. [ ... ]

February 2 2017

 

New Breast Cancer Metastasis Mechanism Uncovered

The laboratory of Dr. Celina Kleer, Harold A. Oberman Collegiate Professor, isolated human mesenchymal stem cells from breast cancer metastasis. The lab discovered that a collagen receptor tyrosine kinase, DDR2, mediates stromal-cancer communication and induces breast cancer metastasis. The study provides the basis for the development of DDR2 inhibitors. The article appeared in Cell Reports and can be found at www.cell.com.

January 31 2017

 

Clinical Pathology Quarterly All Staff Meeting

Date
February 14, 2017

Time
9:00 – 10:00

Location
Medical Sciences Building 1
Room 5330

Refreshments will be served beginning at 08:30

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January 25 2017

 

Department of Pathology Updates - Vol 2.5

Teammates and colleagues, Welcome to another edition of DOP Updates, an email sent to members and stakeholders in our Department of Pathology (DOP) with the hope of sparking conversations around things that matter in our journey to transform the experience of patients and families today and tomorrow.  Please send me an email if you have something that you would like to include in a future edition of Updates.   Time passing Shuffling . . .
January 23 2017

 

Department of Pathology Updates - Vol 2.4

Teammates and colleagues, Welcome to another edition of DOP Updates (PDF File), an email sent to members and supporters of our Department of Pathology (DOP) to spark conversations about things that might otherwise escape our attention and investment.  Please send me an email, give me a call (647-6409) or page (15499) me if you have a thought or inspiration that you’d like to share your teammates and perhaps I’ll include it next . . .
January 19 2017

 

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Introducing Michigan Medicine – New Name, New Logos

On January 9th, The University of Michigan Health System became Michigan Medicine. With the new name comes new branding. Click to download the new logos and learn how to properly use them.
January 12 2017

 

Department of Pathology Updates - Vol 2.3

Teammates and colleagues, Welcome to the latest edition of DOP Updates, the first of calendar year 2017.  Updates is an email sent to members of our extended Department of Pathology (DOP) team with the hope of sharing information and sparking conversations relevant to our common welfare.  Send me an email if you have comments, concerns, suggestions or questions about the content, also attached as a PDF file to preserve formatting whate . . .
January 5 2017

 

Department of Pathology Updates - Vol 2.2

Teammates and colleagues, Welcome to a frigid edition of DOP Updates, an email sent to members of our Department of Pathology (DOP) to spark conversations around strategic goals, our brand, and the things that matter most.  Updates is also attached as a PDF to overcome any formatting defects that may occur on whatever the mobile device you may be using to read it.  Updates is sent with a strong belief that why we do what we do supersed . . .
December 20 2016

 

Change in calibration of Direct Bilirubin Assay will lower results

Effective December 20, 2016

The manufacturer of the chemistry analyzers and reagents used here at UMHS (Siemens Healthineers, Tarrytown NY) has recently announced a change in its calibration material for the direct bilirubin assay in order to bring results more in line with a reference method. [ ... ]

December 16 2016

 

Department of Pathology Updates - Vol 2.1

Teammates, Welcome to a new edition of DOP Updates (PDF Version), an email that I haven’t sent in nearly 6 months.  Not sure why I stopped.  Mostly self-talk convincing myself that lack of time driven by competing demands was explanation enough.  And yet people far busier than I always find the time to do the things that matter most, whether it be exercise, time with friends and family, or sharing information with teammates . . .
December 13 2016

 

Chemistry’s Nick Wesener to Serve Two-Year Term on Alere Informatics’ Advisory Board

Kudos to Chemical Pathology’s Nick Wesener, MLS (ASCP)cm, Senior Clinical IT, POC for being selected to serve on the Alere Informatics RALS Advisory Board (RAB). The purpose of the RAB is to facilitate transparent discussion between Alere Informatics and the point-of-care testing community. Topics include issues and trends that may influence the way RALS Point-of-Care Data Management Systems programs are managed. Those selected to serve on this board are considered leaders in the field of point-of-care testing who can provide valuable feedback to Alere Informatics and experience and knowledge to other RALS users.

December 12 2016

 

Mary Skinner of the Lombard Lab Nominated for Proteintech’s Best Lab Manager 2016.

Mary Skinner serves as the lab manager for David Lombard, MD, PhD. In addition to managing the animal colony, maintaining and allocating funding, and performing her own research, she trains new team members, reminding them that as science changes the lab needs to change with it. Learn more about what makes Mary deserving of the nomination, including her mantra for the success of the lab, by reading more in this story from UMHS Headlines.

December 6 2016

 

Kleer lab develops model of human metaplastic breast carcinomas

The laboratory of Dr. Celina Kleer, Harold A. Oberman Collegiate Professor, discovered that mammary-specific knock down of CCN6 results in mammary carcinomas with features of human metaplastic carcinomas. This model may lead to discovery of new diagnostic and therapeutic targets for this rare and aggressive form of triple negative breast cancer. The article appeared in Oncogene, on the November 7th 2016 issue, and can be found at www.nature.com

December 5 2016

 

Laura Lamps, MD to join Department of Pathology and named UMHS Chief Patient Safety Officer.

Laura Lamps, MD will join the Department of Pathology as the Director of Gastrointestinal Pathology on February 1. Dr. Lamps comes from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Center where she was the Director of Surgical Pathology, Director of the Diagnostic Laboratories, and Professor and Vice Chair of Academic Affairs for Pathology.  [ ... ]

November 23 2016

 

Stephanie Skala, MD receives 2nd Place Prize at Michigan Society of Pathologists (MSP) Resident Research Competition

Dr. Stephanie Skala received the 2nd place prize in the Resident Research Competition at the recent Michigan Society of Pathologists' Winter MSP Conference on November 12, 2016, in Dearborn, Michigan.  [ ... ]

November 15 2016

 

Pathology Laboratory Reports Structure of BMI1-PHC2 complex

The laboratory of Dr. Tomasz Cierpicki has determined the structure of BMI1 protein in complex with PHC2 and characterized its role in regulation of the architecture and activity of the PRC1. The article "BMI1 regulates PRC1 architecture and activity through homo- and hetero-oligomerization" has been published in Nature Communications. Co-first authors are Felicia Gray, Hyo-Je Cho and Shirish Shukla, and this is a collaborative study with Dr. Grembecka and Dr. Lawlor from the Department of Pathology.

November 10 2016

 

Laboratory Test Utilization Management: What Works, and What Doesn’t

Dr. Geoff Baird from the University of Washington came as a Visiting Professor to the Department of Pathology on October 17th. His lecture and interest is “Laboratory Test Utilization Management: What Works, and What Doesn’t”.

View Lecture Video Recording

November 8 2016

 

UM Lab’s work lands the cover of Mucosal Immunology

Congratulations to the Nusrat/Parkos Lab on having the cover image of the September 2016 issue of Mucosal Immunology. The image is from their article, Neutrophil interactions with epithelial expressed ICAM-1 enhances intestinal mucosal wound healing.

You can read more at nature.com.

October 21 2016

 

Tomlins partners to create liquid biopsy database

A team of twenty, including Assistant Professor of Pathology, Scott Tomlins, M.D., Ph.D. is launching a Blood Profiling Atlas pilot as part of the Cancer Moonshot initiative. Led by Vice President Joe Biden, the Moonshot strives to end cancer as we know it.

Click to read more about Tomlins’ roll in this mission.

October 20 2016