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Subspecialties Clinical care, Biochemistry and molecular biology, Microbiology and immunology

Cracking a Cold Case

Steven Francis, a patient at McGill University Health Centre, was at the center of a mystery. From an early age he had experienced fungal infections, an inflamed colon, shingles, respiratory problems, impeded growth, and a host of other problems. But no one could explain why.

At 33, he was referred to Donald Vinh, who went searching for answers. “When this patient was referred to me, I went over his entire file in detail, covering some 30 years and literally filling two large cardboard boxes. I also looked at his family history. Since the 1980s, many new immune deficiencies have been identified, and I was able to apply the knowledge from these advances to solve the case,” he says.

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Roisin McGuigan

I have an extensive academic background in the life sciences, having studied forensic biology and human medical genetics in my time at Strathclyde and Glasgow Universities. My research, data presentation and bioinformatics skills plus my ‘wet lab’ experience have been a superb grounding for my role as an Associate Editor at Texere Publishing. The job allows me to utilize my hard-learned academic skills and experience in my current position within an exciting and contemporary publishing company.

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