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2019-2020 SCHEDULE


  Date Time (Eastern) Presenter(s) Topic
 1 September 26, 2019  11:30-12:30  Ihssan Bouhtiauy, Daniel Gauthier, David Richardson Quality improvements from Canadian laboratories
 2 October 10, 2019  14:00-15:00  Daniel Beriault, Bradley Langford The Role of Procalcitonin in Antimicrobial Stewardship
 3 October 24, 2019  11:30-12:30  Vilte Barakauskas, Ashley Newbigging Development of an enzyme-free and wash-free technique for cell surface imaging
 4 November 7, 2019  11:30-12:30  Brock O'Neil, Zahraa Mohammed-Ali Screening for prostate cancer - how can we maximize any benefits while minimizing the risks?
Analytical aspects of PSA testing
 5 November 21, 2019  14:00-15:00  Nicole White Al-Habeeb Biotin interferences
 6 December 5, 2019  11:30-12:30  tba  
 7 January 9, 2020  11:30-12:30     
 8 January 23, 2020  11:30-12:30     
 9 February 6 , 2020  14:00-15:00  Paul M. Ridker, M.D.  CSCC Lectureship on Cardiovascular Disease 
 10 February 20. 2020 11:30-12:30   
 11 March 5, 2020 11:30-12:30     
 12 March 19, 2020 14:00-15:00     
 13 April 2, 2020  11:30-12:30     
 14 April 16, 2020  14:00-15:00     
 15 April 30, 2020 11:30-12:30     
 16 May 14, 2020  11:30-12:30     
 17 May 28, 2020  14:00-15:00     


#3 October 24, 2019 Development of an enzyme-free and wash-free technique for cell surface imaging
Speaker: Ashley Newbigging, BSc in Medical Laboratory Sciences, Graduate Student, Dept. of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology, University of Alberta
Abstract: Immunostaining procedures require wash steps and enzymes. Enzymes in techniques can limit reaction temperature, restrict reagent storage conditions, and increase cost. Wash steps are laborious and can complicate technical procedures and increase turnaround times. I introduce my novel technique designed for localized protein detection at room temperature without wash steps or enzymes. I used synthetic DNA oligonucleotides to facilitate the transduction of protein detection into an amplifiable fluorescence signal. I applied my technique for the detection of cell surface breast cancer biomarker, HER2, on live cells in under 45 min at room temperature. This presentation introduces the use and development of dynamic DNA assemblies as alternative analytical tools.
Learning Objectives: At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
1)  discuss how DNA can facilitate signal transduction and amplification
2)  describe the principle of a technique using dynamic DNA assemblies
#2 October 10, 2019 The Role of Procalcitonin in Antimicrobial Stewardship
Speakers:  Dan Beriault PhD FCACB, Clinical Biochemist, Unity Health Toronto, Toronto ON
Brad Langford PharmD, Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist, Unity Health Toronto, Toronto ON
Abstract: Procalcitonin (PCT) is a biomarker that can assist in differentiating bacterial from non-bacterial or non-infectious conditions. There is mounting evidence to support PCT as an approach to reduce unnecessary antimicrobial exposure, particularly in patients presenting with sepsis. In this presentation, we review the data supporting this biomarker and its role in antimicrobial stewardship. A summary of 1-year experience of using PCT at a community hospital will be presented, along with considerations for implementation in other hospital settings. 
Learning Objectives:  At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
1)  Provide an overview of procalcitonin (PCT) as a biomarker
2)  Explain the role of PCT in antimicrobial stewardship for critically ill patients
3)  Understand the challenges and opportunities in implementation of PCT testing 
#1 September 26, 2019 Quality Improvements from Canadian Laboratories
Speaker:  Ihssan Bouhtiauy, Head, Department of Biochemistry, Vitalite Health Network 
Abstract:  Since the last decade, there is a drive to manage laboratory test utilization. At our facility, we started laboratory test optimization in 1995 with the implementation of a decisional algorithm for TSH that allowed for reflex FT4. Since then, we implemented several different decisional algorithms (e.g. cardiac markers, coeliac, serum protein electrophoresis, testosterone, ANA/ENA; ANCA/anti-GBM). We also changed the list of tests included in many profiles (e.g. cardiac panel and lipid profiles). We discontinued obsolete tests (e.g. CK-MB, myoglobin, TT4, TT3, amylase) and significantly reduced the requests for other tests (e.g. vitamin D, folate, AST, measured LDL). Different approaches were used to implement these changes and an audit was done to evaluate if the target was achieved; if not, further adjustments were made. The results and financial benefit were very significant. The request for serum folate was reduced by 75% and 90% in two separate regional hospitals, respectively. AST was reduced by more than 85%.
At Vitalité Health Network, we have one university hospital, 3 regional hospitals and 6 community hospitals. We realized that the implementation of these changes is not “copy & paste”. In some cases, the approach to the implementation was different from one hospital to another and required good communication and collaboration with clinician colleagues. 
Learning Objectives:  At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
1)  understand different approaches used for the management of laboratory utilization
2)  be familiar with the positive impact of the management of laboratory utilization
3)  realize the importance of communication
Speaker:  David Richardson, Infectious Diseases Consultant and Medical Microbiologist, William Osler Health System
Abstract:  Clinical evaluation of the patient is key to best care and the optimal use of laboratory tests.  The majority of urine samples sent to the lab for culture are either negative or clinically unimportant.  At Osler, over 5,000 urine cultures were performed monthly with a positivity rate of only 16%.  Ideally, clinicians would not send a urine sample for culture when the patient is asymptomatic for a urinary tract infection.  We questioned whether clinically non-significant urines could be screened out to avoid setting them up for unnecessary culture.  Our study exhibited an accurate prediction for excluding non-significant urines in hospitalized patients with a rapid turaround time.  While markedly decreasing the number of urines being set up for culture there were no identified negative impacts to patient care.  Aside from the realized cost savings related to fewer urine cultures there may be downstream savings related to imporved antimicrobial usage and even decreased length of stay (LOS).
Learning Objectives:   At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
1)  appreciate the clinical impact of unnecessary urine cultures to patients, physicians and the healthcare system
2)  understand how urine flow cytometry technology can be used to select out clinically non-significant urines to avoid unnecessary culture
3)  appreicate that this quality initiative, which involved a forcing function, safely led to a significant reduction in unnecessary urine cultures and spent resources while improving patient care.
  Daniel Gauthier, Head of Regional Biochemistry Service, CISSS Montérégie-Centre 
  Regional and provincial laboratory reorganizations and restructurations are currently occuring across Canada in order to optimize the efficiency of laboratory services.  In this presentation, we will review the challenges associated with such changes from a clinico-administrative point of view that were experienced in Montérégie, Quebec.  We will also describe the mechanisms and solutions that were developed in order to overcome those challenges and move forward in an efficient manner. 
  At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
1)   anticipate and identify challenges associated with large-scale laboratory reorganisation from a clinico-administrative point of view
2)  develop locally adapted solutions and structures in which a large team of biochemists will be able to cooperate and contriubte efficiently to the unified laboratory, while respecting the expertise and interests of everyone.