Online - FREE
October 17, 2020

In partnership with North York General Hospital

Zoom Webinar


MLPAO Connect Days bring together lab professionals to learn about relevant topics to the profession through incredible speakers, engage with industry vendors, and connect with other practitioners for a day of continuing education. Connect Days are an opportunity to build relationships and networks with other Medical Laboratory Professionals in your area around issues you’re facing on the ground.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this event will be held online - FREE for MLPAO members.

Membership: Become an MLPAO Member and get this event for FREE as well as monthly Pop-Up learning webinars, 200+ hours of online courses through MediaLab, PLI coverage, advocacy, lifestyle discounts and more, all free and included in your membership. Register here

Non-member tickets are $95 and available on our online shop. 


Dr. Mahmoud Aarabi - Genomic Medicine and Health Disparities

Dr. Mahmoud Aarabi MD PhD is a Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ABMGG) and a former trainee of the Queen's and McGill Universities. After finishing his 3-year fellowship in Clinical Laboratory Genetics and Genomics at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Dr. Aarabi returned to Canada in 2019 and started his work as a Laboratory Geneticist at North York General Hospital, and an Assistant Professor of Pathobiology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Aarabi has over 25 peer-reviewed research publications in genetic characterization and diagnosis of human disorders utilizing state-of-the-art technologies such as next generation sequencing. He is very passionate about education of health care providers, laboratory specialists and public about laboratory diagnostics in the genomics era. 

Dr. Julie Shaw - Improving POCT Operators in Critical POCT Glucose Results

—COVID Serology Assays Validation

Dr. Julie Shaw is the Division Head for Biochemistry and the Director for POCT at The Ottawa Hospital and the Eastern Ontario Regional Laboratories Association (EORLA).  She is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at The University of Ottawa.  Dr. Shaw completed her PhD in Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at The University of Toronto before completing a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.  After moving back to Canada, she completed her Fellowship in Clinical Biochemistry at the University of Toronto before moving to Ottawa.  Dr. Shaw’s research interests are related to quality assurance best practices for POCT and the use of POCT glucose data to monitor effectiveness of initiatives aimed at improving glycemic control in hospitalized patients. 

Michelle Hoad, CEO CAE - MLPAO News and Updates

MLPAO's CEO Michelle Hoad will present on the ongoing advocacy work of the association during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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