Next-generation sequencing among new approaches discussed at Pathology Research Day

Dr. Chris Corless (left) with poster presenter Vahid Azimi (right)

At the sixth annual Pathology Research Day on Feb. 20, researchers presented their latest findings and research directions to colleagues.

“Our goal was to showcase the exciting basic science and translational research currently underway in the Department of Pathology and to build collaborations with other researchers on campus,” said organizer Phil Raess, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of pathology, OHSU School of Medicine.

Attendees enjoyed the keynote entitled “Longitudinal learning with advanced analytics in SMMART” presented by Joe Gray, Ph.D., director of the OHSU Center for Spatial Systems Biomedicine and professor of biomedical engineering, OHSU School of Medicine.

Tauangtham "Tubb" Anekpuritanang, M.D.
Tauangtham “Tubb” Anekpuritanang, M.D.

The afternoon culminated in the awarding of three honors.

Best Resident Oral Presentation

Todd Williams, M.D. “Donor-Derived Clonal Hematopoiesis After Allogenic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant: Impact on Hematologic Recovery and Evaluation of Clonal Expansion”

Best Student Oral Presentation

Cara McDavitt “Outcomes of Massive Whole Blood Transfusion in Non-Trauma Patients”

Best Trainee Poster Presentation

Tauangtham “Tubb” Anekpuritanang, M.D. Reproducibility of Next-Generation Sequencing Results Between Labs and Platforms

The department’s research strengths, explained Dr. Raess, leverage the morphologic, microscopic features of reactive and malignant processes to better understand their pathophysiology and basic biology. Emerging research areas focus on genomics and DNA sequencing of both inherited and acquired mutations.

“We are on the cutting-edge of new research technologies, such as new imaging modalities, genomics and extracellular vesicles,” he added. “We’ll continue to utilize these discoveries to improve diagnostic testing and patient care.”

Pictured top: Dr. Chris Corless (left) with poster presenter Vahid Azimi (right).