Navigation Links
MUHC/McGill Ocular Pathology Laboratory celebrates a decade of progress
Date:5/6/2010

Montreal, May 6, 2010 The Burnier International Ocular Pathology Society is holding a Scientific Colloquium in Montreal today to mark the tenth anniversary of the McGill University Health Centre's Henry C. Witelson Ocular Pathology Laboratory. The lab is an internationally reputed centre for the study and treatment of eye diseases and is leading a global network for the sharing of healthcare knowledge and expertise. The three-day colloquium consists of a gala banquet and a conference that includes the establishment of several Ophthalmology Fellowships. These fellowships will support the development of future leaders in this field.

"Over the past decade we have trained 126 people, published over 300 scientific publications, given over 200 presentations and perhaps most importantly treated over 10,000 patients," says Dr. Miguel Burnier, Director of the Henry C. Witelson Ocular Pathology Laboratory. The lab is amongst the world's largest and most productive centres for research, treatment and training in ocular diseases, and was one of the first to specialize in this area. "It's been a voyage of scientific discovery," he added.

The lab investigates the mechanisms underlying many ocular diseases, including retinoblastoma, age-related macular degeneration, and ocular toxoplasmosis. But the ultimate objective has been their search for a cure for ocular cancer, also known as uveal melanoma. The disease is rare only about 60 people in Quebec develop the disease each year but almost half of those diagnosed die, making it one of the most lethal cancers. The reason is that ocular cancer has the ability to spread rapidly to other organs, particularly the liver where it is often diagnosed. At this point, it is usually too late to save the patient. Dr. Burnier's army of graduate students, Fellows and post-docs numbering 20 at the last count, are investigating how cancer cells spread, which may have an impact on a range of other diseases.

Thanks to great strides in telemedicine over the past decade, the Henry C. Witelson Ocular Pathology Laboratory has also become a referral centre for physicians and researchers worldwide. The centre is linked to labs in 24 countries around the world, from as far afield as the UK, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, USA and Saudi Arabia. Many of the people that operate these labs are former students of Dr. Burnier's, who studied at McGill and the MUHC. The team in Montreal now shares knowledge worldwide and hopes to push the bounds of research and clinical care for decades to come.


'/>"/>

Contact: Rebecca Burns
rebecca.burns@muhc.mcgill.ca
514-843-1560
McGill University
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Loyola among worlds top centers in pathology competition
2. TheDigitalPathologyWiki.com A New Resource For Digital Pathology
3. The Association for Molecular Pathology celebrates ruling in DNA patent case
4. CAP Leaders, Policymakers Convene on the Future of Pathology
5. Inverness Medical Innovations to Acquire Kroll Laboratory Specialists, Inc.
6. Adam Slone to Present the 2010 Study on Executive Compensation Benefits for the Diagnostic Laboratory Industry
7. Sunquest Introduces First Business Intelligence Solution in Laboratory Marketplace
8. Prize4Life and the Jackson Laboratory team up to fight ALS
9. Abbott to Acquire STARLIMS Technologies Ltd., a Leader in Laboratory Information Management Systems
10. NuEarth Signs $1.3 Million Laboratory Contract
11. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and OpenHelixTM Announce an Updated Free Tutorial Suite for VISTA: Tools for Comparative Genomics
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Information about the technology: , Otomagnetics has ... prevention of a major side effect of chemotherapy in children. Cisplatin and carboplatin ... cisplatin, hearing loss is FDA listed on-label as a dose limiting toxicity. Hearing ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... HMP , a leader in ... 2017 Folio Magazine Eddie Digital Award for ‘Best B-to-B Healthcare Website.’ Winners were announced ... 2017. , The annual award competition recognizes editorial and design excellence across a range ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... On Saturday, October 21, the Health ... Miles by Moonlight to raise money for the American Heart Association Heart Walk. Teams ... Teams will work together to keep their treadmills moving for 5 hours. Treadmills will ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... first interactive health literacy software tool, and the Cancer Patient Education Network (CPEN), ... patient education, today announce a new strategic alliance. , As CPEN’s strategic ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... Miramar, FL (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 ... ... is presenting the latest in wound care advancements to physician colleagues, skilled nursing ... lecture is titled, "Navigating the Treacherous Waters of Wound Care." , "At many ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/2/2017)... 2017 Halo Labs announces the European launch of their ... HORIZON at MIBio 2017 in Cambridge, U.K ... matter in biopharmaceutical samples with unprecedented speed and sensitivity while using ... Backgrounded Membrane Imaging. ... subvisible particle analysis system ...
(Date:9/28/2017)... Sept. 28, 2017 Cohen Veterans Bioscience and ... use of wearable and home sensors for real-time monitoring ... Signal Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on disruptive health ... an affordable analytical system to record and integrate behavioral, ... ...
(Date:9/25/2017)... Sept. 25, 2017   Montrium , an ... solutions, today—from the IQPC Trial Master Files & ... NL)—announced that EastHORN Clinical Services has selected ... and TMF management. EastHORN, a leading European contract ... to increase transparency to enable greater collaboration with ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: