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It is the only national organization that speaks out for the clinical chemist and their
rights, responsibilities and concerns.

Education Roundtable October 9, 2014

  Thursday October 9, 2014
0830 BC/0930 AB & SK/1030 MB/1130 ON & QC/1230 NS & NB/ 1300 NL
 Topic: Billirubin Metabolism and Testing
 Speaker: Dr. Patti Jones, Professor of Pathology, Clinical Director of Chemistry, Children's Medical Center, Dallas Texas 
  This talk is about bilirubin, including its metabolism and the laboratory testing for its presence.  The topics which will be covered include: 1) the sources and basic generation of bilirubin and its common routes of elimination from the body, 2) the various types of hyperbilirubinemia, their causes and consequences and 3) testing for bilirubin, including a comparison of the different methods of bilirubin analysis and the forms of bilirubin they each detect.  Multiple choice questions on the subject are contained in the talk in order to reinforce the learning experience. 
 Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:
1) Describe the source of bilirubin in the body and basic bilirubin metabolism
2) Compare causes of conjugated versus unconjugated hyperbilirubinemia
3) Discuss causes and treatments for neonatal hyperbilirubinemia
4) Assess the main methods for measuring bilirubin, including the species measured by each 



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University of Calgary Fellowship Position

The Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, University of Calgary, and Calgary Laboratory Services are offering funding for Clinical Biochemistry fellowship training.  The 24-month training program is provided by the Section of Clinical Biochemistry of Calgary Laboratory Services with a start date of July 1, 2015.  For information click here.

Deadline of application:  December 1, 2014.


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EPOCC Accomplishments 2014

EPOCC 2014 Accomplishments


 EPOCC Sponsors Award at National Science Fair

The Canadian Society of Clinical Chemists recently sponsored their first award at the Canadian National Science Fair, held in Windsor Ontario in 2014.

Winner was Michael Xu, shown here with Dr. Angela Rutledge, CSCC member, who presented him with the award.  Michael qualified for the Nationals by winning an award at the Manitoba Schools Science Symposium.  He is from St. John's Ravenscourt School in Winnipeg. 

At the National Fair, Michael won in the Senior Health category, for a project entitled "Quantitative Analysis of Circulating Tumor Cells in Prostate Cancer". 

Michael's Biography:

As a grade 12 high school student from Manitoba, I've always had an interest in sports, music and science. Science particularly intrigued me with its practical applications to improve human health. At CancerCare Manitoba, I had the opportunity to be involved with prostate cancer research.  My project uses circulating tumour cells as a biomarker in order to help identify steps of prostate cancer disease progression. Further investigation involves applying this diagnostic information in clinical trials with the goal of  advancing individualized treatment. Science fairs allowed me to explore my interests and actively learn about a topic, with an emphasis on critical thinking. Moreover, presenting to judges also provided a great opportunity to improve through their constructive feedback. I encourage all students to participate in science fairs! It is an extremely rewarding experience. 

EPOCC's First "Blood Sweat and Tears Charity Run/Walk" Raises $2,250 for QEH Foundation

QEH presentationThe "Educating the Public On Clinical Chemistry" (EPOCC) committee and the Canadian Society of Clinical Chemists (CSCC) teamed up for CSCC’s first ever charity run on June 6, 2014 in Charlottetown, PEI to raise money for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation.

The 5 km Blood Sweat and Tears CSCC Charity Walk and Run coincided with CSCC’s 58th Annual conference and raised $2, 250.00 for the QEH Foundation which will be used within the provincial Laboratory. “We exist to support the QEH Family with the purchase of up-to-date medical equipment and technologies,” said QEH Foundation Community Relations Officer MaryEllen Hughes at the race. “We currently have two lab coagulation instruments we are trying to raise money for.” Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation confirmed the proceeds raised during the charity run went directly toward the purchase of the two new coagulation instruments.

With the QEH being Prince Edward Island’s main referral hospital, Hughes says QEH can’t thank CSCC enough for its support. “Everybody needs the hospital. No matter what. Everyone is going to need the QEH at some point in their lives, especially the lab for diagnostics. 

Everybody came together to make this happen and it’s really great.” EPOCC member and Chair of the organizing committee for the charity race Allison Venner says EPOCC looks for initiatives to give back to the community when CSCC visits a city. “The race was one of the ideas that came up. Not only can we have CSCC members participate but over the years, we can gradually increase the number of local community members running or walking with us. We are looking for ways to expose our profession and this was a good way to do that.”

The race had 28 participants and 23 volunteers including the organizing committee: Valerie Robinson, Ron Booth, Nathalie Lepage, Andrew Lyon, Curtis Oleschuk and Allison Venner.  The Running Room and Ready2Race also offered support along with generous sponsors Sysmex, Siemens and Roche. “We had a nice mix of people step in and participate which was great,” says Venner, adding the first race was a success. “We couldn’t have asked for a better day!” Plans have already begun for the second Blood Sweat and Tears Charity Walk and Run in Montreal in 2015.

Photo L to R: Dr. Allison Venner, Dr. David Kinniburgh (CSCC President), Tracy Comeau, Executive Director, QEH Foundation, Dr. Humaira Khaman, Medical Director, Laboratory Services, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Louise Farrar, Chief Technologist, Clinical Chemistry, Health PEI/Queen Elizabeth Hospital.









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Biomarkers in Neuropsychiatric Disorders

IFCC Specialized Conference
October 24-25, 2014  •  Omni King Edward Hotel, Toronto ON



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IFCC Positions Open


IFCC periodically issues a call to each Society asking for nominations to Committees.  If a nomination from CSCC to IFCC is accepted, the CSCC member becomes a member of the committee.  Nominees not accepted for a position are usually invited to sit on the committee as a corresponding member.

How to Apply:
CSCC members interested in applying for a position should send a supporting statement (~500 words) indicating why you would be suitable for this position and a short CV (maximum 1 page) to the CSCC Head Office (office@cscc.ca) by the deadline.  Please read the request carefully as some applications require more detailed informaiton.  Only one candidate for each committee or group may be nominated by CSCC.  The CSCC Executive will select the candidate to be forwarded to IFCC. 

Task Force for Young Scientists (TF-YS)
DEADLINE to apply:  October 31, 2014




























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