Pathobiology News

How well do canine osteosarcoma grading systems predict outcome?

Posted January 30, 2019

Accurate predictions are a critical piece of the puzzle when studying diseases such as cancer. They help define prognosis and are vital when choosing the best treatment plan. 

For canine osteosarcoma, tumour grading systems are the standard method for determining the best approach for patients. 

However, a study from Dr. Courtney Schott, as part of her PhD research at the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College (OVC), found that neither of the two most common grading systems for canine osteosarcoma could reliably predict outcome. 

| U of G News





Study shows benefit of vascular normalization in OV therapy for advanced epithelial ovarian cancer

Posted January 15, 2019

From left to right: Drs. Byram Bridle, Jim Petrik and Sarah Wootton (Photo by Karen Mantel, Ontario Veterinary College) Virologists studying the use of viruses to treat cancer have long seen acute vascular shutdown as a positive response to oncolytic virus (OV) therapy. This process, which is characterized by the drastic reduction of blood flow to a tumour after treatment, was believed to make OV treatment more effective by increasing oxygen starvation in cancer cells and sequestering the viruses within the tumours.  | The Terry Fox Research Institute


Awesome Careers

Posted January 2, 2019

Great story in the OVC Crest about former DVSc student Dr. Iga Stasiak and her wild career path.

A passion for wildlife and a love of the outdoors has always been a part of Iga Stasiak’s life.  | OVC Crest | @OVCPath



Posted January 1, 2019

Congrats to Éva Nagy on her retirement after 30 years as faculty
at OVC. First in VMI then in Pathobiology. An amazing career and
an amazing person. | Genome Canada



Congrats to Russel Fraser for his  CL Davis award win at the ACVP 2018 annual meeting in Washinton DC.





Britta Knight had an amazing time at the ACVP conference in Washington last week! Wonderful people and interesting talks, as well as a 2nd place for my poster.






Congratulations to graduate student Amira Rghei for winning 'Best in Show' in the the Office of Research 'Research in Focus'
photo contest! | Best in Show




Drs Byram Bridle and Sarah Wootton receive grants from the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute and CHIR

Posted September 24, 2018

Dr. Byram Bridle received an Innovation Grant worth $200,000 over two years, which is jointly funded by the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute and CIHR (Institute of Cancer Research). The project is entitled "Combining Oncolytic Virotherapy and Epigenetic Modifiers to Treat Acute Leukemias".

Drs. Byram Bridle and Sarah Wootton received an Operating Grant worth $120,000 over two years, which is jointly funded by the Cancer Research Society and CIHR (Institute of Cancer Research). The project is entitled "Treatment of Osteosarcoma Lung Metastases with an Infected Cancer Cell Vaccine"

Betty-Anne McBey receive an Award for Excellence in Wellness and Safety

Posted September 20, 2018

Betty-Anne McBey (left)  with Dr. Franco Vaccarino (right) U of G President and Vice-Chancellor Betty-Anne McBey, a technician in the Department of Pathobiology, received the Award for Excellence in Wellness, Health and Safety. McBey has spent more than 25 years
ensuring the safety and operations of the department’s research and teaching labs.

| OVC Bulletin



Pathobiology congratulates the new ACVP diplomates

Posted September 19, 2018

Pathobiology congratulates the new ACVP diplomates in Anatomic Pathology (Amanda Mansz, Courtney Schott, Emma Borkowski, Rebecca Egan and  Russell Fraser) and Clinical Pathology (Karlee Craig and William Gow). Seven new diplomates in one year is an outstanding result, and the department is very proud of their accomplishments. (pictured below)


Congrats Dr. Doug Campbell on his retirement.

Posted September 15, 2018

Congrats Doug Campbell on his retirement. A huge turn out reflects the quality of the man and the impact he’s had on the department, CWHC, and wildlife pathology in Canada.


Dr. Dale Smith named Emerita at U of G Convocation

Posted August 24, 2018

Dr. Dale Smith, in the Ontario Veterinary College’s Department of Pathobiology, was named University Professor Emerita at the University of Guelph Convocation ceremonies in June.

| OVC Bulletin










Dr. Carlton Gyles Honoured Nationally for Outstanding Contributions to Veterinary Profession

Posted July 6, 2018

Ontario Veterinary College professor Carlton Gyles is being honoured with a Life Membership to the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) for his significant contributions to the CVMA and veterinary profession worldwide. 

“We are pleased to honour Dr. Carlton Gyles with a Life Membership to the CVMA,” says Dr. Troye McPherson, 2017-18 CVMA President. “We will forever be grateful for his selfless dedication to our association and for his example of professionalism and sincerity to the veterinarians and veterinary students around him.”

| U of G News