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DEPARTMENT OF Pathology and Laboratory Medicine ~ 2014 Annual Report

Debra G.B. Leonard, M.D., Ph.D., Chair

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine has had a productive year with faculty conducting basic, clinical and translational research; providing care to patients within the UVM Health Network and other regional hospitals and clinics; training at all levels from undergraduates to clinical fellows; and providing leadership locally, regionally and nationally. Faculty contributed 92 peer-reviewed articles, 49 regional and national presentations, 14 textbook chapters, and 19 lectures in formal courses. Faculty have been successful in receiving grant funding with twelve successful grant applications this past year.

The department offered degree-granting research opportunities to five graduate students, twelve-month clinical training fellowships for two UVM medical students, an annual exchange program with two different medical schools in Japan, and a continued affiliation with the University of Maastricht.

A number of our department members received special honors, including: Jos Van der Velden, Ph.D., who received the prestigious Parker B. Francis Foundation Fellowship in 2014, joining Vikas Anathy, Ph.D., who received the fellowship in 2013, both under the mentorship of Yvonne Janssen-Heininger, Ph.D.; Dr. Anathy, who was recognized by both the American Thoracic Society with an abstract scholarship, and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America with the Sheldon C. Siegel Award for his research in allergen-induced airway remodeling; and our Histology Division within Anatomic Pathology at The University of Vermont Medical Center, who received the National Society for Histotechnology/Ventana Medical Systems Commitment to Patient Safety Award for their 2D barcoding initiative.

The research of our faculty included: environmental agents and cell signaling pathways that contribute to inflammation in lung, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, mesothelioma, and breast cancer; the molecular and genetic epidemiology of thrombosis, cardiovascular disease, frailty and aging; and improving laboratory test utilization in different settings including HPV testing, lung cancer and transfusion medicine. Faculty members are actively involved in the Vermont Lung Center, the Cardiovascular Research Institute of Vermont, and the University of Vermont Cancer Center, and serve on a wide variety of College of Medicine and University committees. Nationally, our faculty continue to serve on committees of the American College of Graduate Medical Education, American Association of Blood Banks, American Heart Association, American Society of Clinical Pathology, American Society of Cytopathology, College of American Pathologists, the Institute of Medicine, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and the National Institutes of Health.

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