Category Archive: Article

Parasitology of the 21st Century: The Path to the Future

Kinga Kowalewska-Grochowska University of Alberta, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, APL Provincial Laboratory for Public Health, Edmonton AB Romina C Reyes University of British Columbia, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Vancouver, BC LifeLabs, Burnaby, BC Pauline Tomlin University
Posted in Article, Clinical Microbiology

Upcoming Water Quality Summit – October 27, 2023

The Canadian Association on Water Quality (CAWQ) is organizing the 37th Eastern Canadian Symposium on Water Quality Research later this month (October 27, 2023). The event will take place at Université de Sherbrooke. The main purpose of this symposium is

Posted in Article, Environmental Microbiology

Seeking Volunteers for PT Technical Committees: Clinical Bacteriology, Enteric Parasitology, and Water Microbiology

CMPT is seeking volunteers to sit on its Proficiency Testing Technical Committees for the following disciplines: Clinical Bacteriology, Enteric Parasitology, Water Microbiology. All members in all committees are actively involved in programmatic review and critique development. They play an essential
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Gastrointestinal Panel – New Program for 2024

CMPT is offering a Gastrointestinal Panel (GIP). This panel will cover 14 viral, bacterial, and protozoa pathogens mandated by the BC Infectious Diarrhea – Guideline for Investigation that came into effect October 27, 2022   The panel consists of sets

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CMPT at ASLM 2023

Join us at ASLM Conference in Cape Town, South Africa on 12-15 December 2023 CMPT will be presenting the following research lead by one of our interns: Jennifer Wu: “Methods matter! Investigating clinical microbiology laboratory performance in an external quality
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Continuing Education Opportunities in 2024

On behalf of the Program Office for Laboratory Quality Management we bring three exciting education opportunities. The UBC Certificate Course in Laboratory Quality Management and the UBC Micro certificate Course in Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing and Interpretation start in January 2024. Registration is

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Proteus mirabilis: Reporting susceptibility to ampicillin when cefazolin tests resistant

In February 2022 CMPT sent a simulated tissue biopsy proficiency testing challenge with a history of a 79 year old quadriplegic, long-term care resident, with bed sore ulcer. The sample contained a Proteus mirabilis that was susceptible to ampicillin and
Posted in Article, Clinical Microbiology

UBC Certificate Courses – Lab Quality Management and Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing

UBC Certificate in Laboratory Quality Management – 2024 Course Registration is now open The 2024 LQM course offered by the UBC Program Office for Laboratory Quality Management (POLQM) is now open for registration Save your spot, space is limited. Save

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CMPT Research at EQALM 2023

Join us at EQALM Symposium in Lyon, France on 18-20 October 2023 CMPT will be presenting the following research lead by two of our interns: Jennifer Wu: “Evaluation of clinical microbiology laboratory performance through participation in an external quality assessment

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E. coli O157:H7 outbreak in Alberta

Keeping labs proficient in the detection of Shiga Toxin-producing Escherichia coli On September 5, 2023 Alberta Health Services declared a Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) (link), outbreak originating from six locations of a Calgary daycare and five additional sites that

Posted in Article, Clinical Microbiology