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March 2020 Issue of The Pathologist

In March’s issue of The Pathologist, we interview a group of medical students, residents, and attending physicians to discover why a lab career intrigued them and what they foresee for the future of the discipline. From their colleagues’ perception of pathology to how we can encourage more students into the field, we leave no stone unturned in our exploration of laboratory medicine. In addition, read medical storyteller George Lundberg’s own account of his accomplishments, discover how European legislation on formalin almost caused a major patient safety issue, and hear tips from Dana Razzano on how to take the initiative and contribute to global good. We also sit down with Marilyn Bui, Anatomic/Clinical Pathologist and Scientific Director of the Analytic Microscopy Core at Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida, USA.

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Articles featured in this issue

Outside the Lab Profession

New Year, New Us

| Michael Schubert

Announcing our first-ever special series, nominations for the 2020 Power List, and more

Inside the Lab Genetics and epigenetics

Meddling with Nature

| Luke Turner

Human germline genome editing could prevent heritable genetic disorders from being passed on – but where do we currently stand?

Subspecialties Neurology

By the Numbers: Epilepsy and Neurodevelopmental Disorders

| Michael Schubert

Breaking down epilepsy and other neurodevelopmental disorders – the causes, the genetics, and those involved with diagnosis

Subspecialties Microbiology and immunology

Rapid Action Against MRSA

| Michael Schubert

Rapid, accessible, noninvasive technologies to detect MRSA could help diagnose patients and prevent transmission

Diagnostics Histology

Case of the Month

A 20-year-old female presented with fever, normocytic anemia, neutrophilia, diffuse lymphadenopathy, and splenomegaly – but what is your diagnosis?

Outside the Lab Profession

Business in Brief

| Luke Turner

Discover some of the latest business announcements from the world of laboratory medicine

Subspecialties Microbiology and immunology

Double Take

| Luke Turner

A comprehensive study on sepsis reveals its true incidence around the world, showing previous estimates to be far short

Subspecialties Forensics

A Body Farm First

| Luke Turner

Canada’s first human decomposition facility is set to open this year, shedding light on natural decay in cooler environments

Diagnostics Biochemistry and molecular biology

Good Night!

| Luke Turner

New research finds a link between sleep duration and microRNA expression levels in children

Subspecialties COVID-19

Image of the Month

Discover the cryo-EM structure of the 2019-nCoV spike glycoprotein, a key target for vaccines, therapeutic antibodies, and diagnostics

Inside the Lab Laboratory management

Consolidation Lessons Learned

| Simon Brewer

The managing director of South West London Pathology discusses the past five years and why the service is making significant investments in technology

Outside the Lab Profession

The Difference Between Life and Death

| Drew Bernhisel

Drew Bernhisel highlights the critical role pathologists play in advocating for – and providing – healthcare to detainees

Inside the Lab Laboratory management

How Medical Laboratory Assistants Protect Against Lab Error

| Bamidele Farinre

Medical laboratory assistants play a key role in quality control and the prevention of laboratory errors

Outside the Lab Profession

Winter of Discontent

| Simon Parker

Healthcare services face mounting pressures each winter – but rapid, reliable diagnostics can help

Outside the Lab Profession

Do Not Wait For Leaders

| Dana Razzano

Pathology and laboratory medicine are an essential component of global health – and lab medicine professionals must lead the way

Outside the Lab Profession

Our Past Informs Our Future

| E. Blair Holladay

Lessons learned over the long history of pathology and laboratory medicine can help us to change patient care – and keep our discipline at its core

Outside the Lab Profession

Dr. Strangelab...

| Michael Schubert

A group of medical students, residents, and attending physicians sit down to discuss career obstacles, common misconceptions, and future recruitment

Diagnostics Genetics and epigenetics

Revisiting the Real Impact

| Sponsored by Thermo Fisher Scientific

Oncologist and clinical researcher Elena Garralda shares her opinion on the benefits of rapid turnaround times for next-generation sequencing results

Outside the Lab Profession

Peer-to-Peer, Featuring George Lundberg

| George Lundberg, Ivan Damjanov

Pathologist and medical writer George Lundberg shares his career and the lessons he has learned with professional colleague Ivan Damjanov

Outside the Lab Regulation and standards

The Formalin Ban: From Lethal Threat to Unique Opportunity

| Aurelio Ariza

A European ban on formalin nearly had severe consequences for medical diagnoses, but for the strong action of pathologists and medical organizations

Inside the Lab Digital and computational pathology

A Digital Pathology Leader

| Michael Schubert

Marilyn Bui discusses the evolution of digital pathology, its promise for the future, and her experiences transitioning to digital

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