April 15, 2019. Congratulations to Jina for obtaining Canada Graduate Scholarship_Master’s Program Funding

Congratulations to Jina on national recognition for her outstanding academic achievement during undergraduate and early graduate studies!!

April 13, 2019. Congratulations to Zier for obtaining Queen’s Arts and Science Undergraduate Research Funding

Congratulations to Zier in her grant writing success and many thanks to ASURF for supporting undergraduate research!

April 9, 2019. Justin and Jina present at the Merkel Cell Carcinoma Round Table, Kingston

Many thanks to Dr. John Davidson for providing us with an opportunity to present our research and discuss collaborative opportunities.

April 6, 2019.  The Renwick Lab attends the 2019 National NET Patient Conference – CNETS Canada, Toronto

Justin, Jina, and Neil attend the highly informative National NET patient conference. Many thanks to the organizers for supporting our attendance and to the patients and doctors for sharing their experiences and expertise!

April 4, 2019. Neil presents Genetics Grand Rounds in the Division of Clinical and Metabolic Genetics, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto

Many thanks to Peter Kannu for the kind invitation to present on “Using microRNAs to diagnose and monitor disease” and the opportunity to teach the residents on “Advances in microRNA detection and profiling.”

February 27, 2019. The Renwick Lab receives SEAMO Innovation Award Funding

Many thanks to the Innovation Fund review and oversight committees for supporting our proposal on using advanced microRNA detection and analysis approaches in cancer clinical trial research. Many thanks also to Dr. Tara Baetz (Medical Oncology), Dr. Kathrin Tyryshkin (Biomedical Data Analysis), and Prof. Parvin Mousavi (Medical Informatics) for partnering with us on this proposal.

January 4, 2019. Blake presents at the Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing, Hawaii

Congratulations to Blake and Parvin in the Queen’s School of Computing on advancing our research on classifying cancer through deep learning. Thank you for opening an exciting research direction!

January 30, 2019. The Renwick Lab receives Ontario Molecular Pathology Research Network Funding

Many thanks to the OMPRN for supporting our project on microRNA biomarkers and for providing a funded training opportunity for Kaitlin Vanderbeck in our pathology residency program!

December 18, 2018. The Renwick Lab and Dr. Simron Singh at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center receive Carcinoid and Neuroendocrine Tumor Society_Canada 2018 Research Grant Funding

Many thanks to CNETS_Canada and the many dedicated fundraisers for helping Simron and me to develop and evaluate a microRNA-based blood test to diagnose and monitor NETs. For interested participants, we are currently arranging Material Transfer Agreements and obtaining Ethics Approvals for our proposed study and will provide updates on this website and other outlets.

November 16, 2018. Neil joins panel discussion on transitioning to scientific independence at the Yale School of Medicine

Many thanks to the organizers from the Yale Centre for Clinical Investigation for an excellent discussion on life after a career development award. Good news, there is light at the end of a very long tunnel!

November 8, 2018. Blake successfully defends MSc Thesis in Computer Science, Queen’s University

Huge congratulations to Blake for successfully defending his MSc thesis titled “Deep cancer classifier: exploring microRNA regulation of cancer with deep learning” and many thanks to Prof. Parvin Mousavi and Dr. Kathrin Tyryshkin for opening a number of new avenues in microRNA research. Blake, don’t forget celebratory dinner at Woodenheads on November 26!

October 15, 2018. Justin and Jina present posters at the OMPRN Pathology Matters Meeting, Vantage Venues Toronto

Many thanks to Dr. David LeBrun and co-organizers for providing opportunities for trainees to present, helping us to network, and letting us know about the impressive range of research tools and service available to pathologists through the Ontario Institute of Cancer Research.

October 13, 2018. Neil presents at the Symposium on Hidradenitis Suppurativa Advances at Women’s College Hospital, University of Toronto

Many thanks to Dr. Afsaneh Alavi and Dr. Michelle Lowes for their kind invitation to talk about “approaches for studying microRNA dysregulation and defective microRNA processing in Hidradenitis Suppurativa.” There are some surprisingly dramatic microRNA changes in diseased tissues.

October 4-6, 2018. Neil presents a poster at the North American Neuroendocrine Tumor Society Annual Meeting, Westin Seattle Conference Centre, Seattle

Many thanks to the organizers for the opportunity to present a poster on microRNAs in gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors! Also, huge thanks to Justin for preparing the first ePoster from our laboratory. This was an excellent meeting, see you all in Boston next year.

September 29, 2018. Justin presents at the CSearch Computing Conference, Queen’s University

Many thanks to the organizers for selecting Justin to present on using feature selection to identify biomarkers in neuroendocrine tumors.

July 31, 2018. Justin presents at the Toronto RNA Enthusiasts’ Day, Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto

Many thanks to the organizers for selecting Justin to present a poster on microRNAs in gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors! This research day is rapidly becoming one of our lab favourites.

July 22, 2018. Tahir receives a professional development award from the Ontario Rheumatology Association Development and Education Committee

Congratulations to Tahir on receiving an ORADE award to attend the NEB Molecular Biology Summer Workshop, Northampton, MA.

July 17, 2018. Congratulations to Nicole Panarelli at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Kathrin Tyryshkin in the Renwick Lab

Congratulations to Nicole and Kathrin on the acceptance of their manuscript titled “Evaluating gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors through microRNA sequencing” to Endocr Relat Cancer. Thanks also to all co-authors for their contributions and to the editorial staff at ERC for an exemplary publication experience.

June 22, 2018. Dr. Mark Ormiston presents at the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine Research Half Day, Queen’s University

Many thanks to Mark from the Laboratory of Translational Cardiovascular Immunology at Queen’s for being our Keynote Speaker!! Also, many thanks to all the presenters and participants and the staff of the Kingston Yacht Club. Lastly, special thanks to Ms. Lis Andersen for co- (and by that I mean mostly) organizing this fun, fast-paced, and informative event.

June 20, 2018. Congratulations to Kathleen Watt in the Craig Laboratory, Queen’s University

Congratulations to Kathleen and Andrew on successfully submitting their manuscript titled “microRNA-206 suppresses TGF-ß signalling to limit tumor growth and metastasis in lung adenocarcinoma” to Cellular Signalling. We very much enjoyed working with you guys on this project.

June 13, 2018. Justin presents at the Annual Meeting for Health Sciences Research Trainees, Queen’s University

Justin presents his poster on “microRNA-based classification of gastrointestinal neuroendocrine tumors” to health sciences faculty and trainees.

June 6, 2018. Neil presents at the SEAMO Research and Innovation Showcase, Isabel Bader Center for the Performing Arts, Queen’s University

Many thanks to the organizers for inviting the new clinician scientists to speak at such a spectacular venue. Please do this again and soon!

June 3, 2018. Adrianna accepted to Jagiellonian University Medical College, Krakow

Huge congratulations to Adrianna who is on her way to medical school in Poland!! Many thanks for your contributions to our laboratory and looking forward to hearing more about your adventures.

May 30-31, 2018. Neil attends the Clinical Scholars Program Graduate Reunion Symposium, The Rockefeller University

Great to catch up with everyone!! Many thanks to Barry, Sarah, Jim, and Michelle for prepping us for a successful career in translational science. I use lessons from this program almost daily and highly recommend this program for anyone who wants to excel in biomedical science. Working side by side with scientific leaders on a daily basis is the best way to learn.

May 28, 2018. Jina joins the MD PhD program, Queen’s University

Many congratulations to Jina on her successful application to the highly competitive MD PhD program!! We’re delighted you chose to join our laboratory and are looking forward to training the next generation of clinician scientist!

May 6-10, 2018. Neil attends the Keystone Symposium on Precision Medicine in Cancer, Stockholm

Spectacular week in Stockholm, which is like Amsterdam with big streets. The Swedish government clearly sees the value fo translational research and has put their money where their mouth is. Neil presents a poster titled “Evaluating gastrointestinal neuroendocrine tumors through microRNA sequencing.” To the folks who hung around for the entertainment on the last evening, I promise I will tell the penguin joke next time we meet…

April 19, 2018. Neil presents the Department of Oncology Grand Rounds, Queen’s University and Kingston Health Science Centre

Neil presents on “microRNA-guided diagnostics in solid and liquid clinical samples.” Many thanks to Peter Greer for the kind invitation!

March 27, 2018. Zier awarded a 2018 Craig Jury Memorial Summer Studentship in Cancer Research

Congratulations Zier!! And many thanks to the Jury family for providing a formative research opportunity for an exceptional student!

March 23-26, 2018. Neil attends the Workshop on Leadership in Biosciences, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

With generous support from HHMI, Neil attends the Workshop on Leadership in Biosciences at the Banbury Conference Centre on the “Gold Coast” of Long Island. Run by Carl and Suzanne Cohen, this workshop provides training in essential but frequently overlooked skills that are routinely needed by Principal Investigators. This course is an absolute must!

February 8, 2018. Abby awarded the Dr. M Daria Haust Pathology Summer Studentship

Congratulations to Abby, our QuARMS student, on securing funding to work in our laboratory over summer!! Also, many thanks to Dr. Haust for her continued support of departmental academic programs!

January 4, 2018. Justin promoted to the Doctoral Program in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, Queen’s University

Justin becomes the first PhD candidate to join the Renwick Laboratory, working on microRNA-mediated gene regulation in neuroendocrine tumors.

October 5-6, 2017. Neil attends the OMPRN Pathology Matters Annual Meeting, Toronto

Neil participates in a networking and collaboration event to improve patient care through molecular diagnostics. Many thanks to the Ontario Institute of Cancer Research for supporting this critical activity.

August 29, 2017. Neil presents in the Center for Male Reproductive Medicine and Microsurgery, Weill Cornell Medical College

Neil presents “Transitioning from microRNA-guided diagnostics to gene regulatory pathomechanisms” to members of the Paduch Laboratory. Many thanks to Dr. Darius Paduch for the kind invitation.

June 13, 2017. Ivraym receives the Donald W. Penner Award for Best Poster Presentation at the Canadian Association of Pathologists 68th Annual Scientific Meeting, Charlottetown, PEI

Ivraym, when I said put the lab on the map, this is well more than I expected!! Congratulations and much appreciated!

May 25-26, 2017. Neil attends the Canadian Bioinformatics Workshop on “Informatics on High Throughput Sequencing Data”, MaRS Center, Toronto

With generous support from a Bioinformatics Workshop Award, Neil attends a stimulating and useful course that complements his clinical research program.

May 9, 2017. Shane accepted to the University of Toronto MD Program

A stellar result for our Governor General’s Academic Silver Medalist!! We are tremendously proud of your achievements and appreciate the attention you have brought to our laboratory training style!

April 3o, 2017. Betty accepted to the Accelerated Nursing Program, University of Toronto

For a moment there, I thought we were going to lose you to a career in Fine Arts! Congratulations on your success and we look forward to learning how you combine your abilities in music and art with your career in health sciences!

April 21-22, 2017. Neil attends the National NET Patient Conference, Westin Harbor Castle, Toronto

Thank you CNETS for the opportunity to meet NET patients and caregivers. Their experiences help shape our research program.

March 27, 2017. Mareena accepted to the Master’s of Health Informatics Program, University of Toronto

Congratulations on a well deserved placement and many thanks for your contributions to microRNA sequence curation!!

March 1, 2017. Neil receives Queen’s University Research Leaders’ Funding

Through generous institutional support, Neil and his team receive funding to accelerate RNA-guided diagnostics for neuroendocrine tumors.

February 28, 2017. Francine accepted to the Master’s Program in Cell and Systems Biology, University of Toronto

Francine, many thanks for taking a risk and being the first research volunteer in our laboratory!! We are delighted that you are joining the Calarco Laboratory to further your interest in cutting-edge genetics.

October 9, 2016. Justin receives Jeremy Nesheim Graduate Travel Award

Justin receives a competitive travel award to analyze the expression of candidate imprinted genes in the Tuschl laboratory at The Rockefeller University.

September 8, 2016. Mona receives Teaching Assistant Award for 2nd Year Synthetic Laboratory

Mona recognized for her commitment to educating undergraduate students and her skills in preparing and presenting teaching materials in the Department of Chemistry.

September 7, 2016. Clinical Research Seminar, The Rockefeller University

Neil presents “Improving clinical practice through microRNA-guided diagnostics” to an audience of expert translational researchers. Neil also meets with Dr. Barry Coller, Dr. Sarah Schlesinger, and the current members of the Clinical Scholars Program. Many thanks to Dr. Gadi Lalazar (Laboratory of Cellular Biophysics) for the kind invitation.

August 2, 2016. Toronto RNA Enthusiasts Day, Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto

Neil, Dakota, and Shane attend the inaugural Toronto RNA Enthusiasts Day, a wonderful initiative by Julie Claycomb’s laboratory.

June 23, 2016. Conference Presentation, North-Eastern Federal University

Neil provides a recorded presentation titled “Investigating Sakha neurological diseases through classical clinical and advanced molecular approaches” at the 5th International Scientific Conference on Viliuisk Encephalomyelitis and Other Neurodegenerative Disorders, North-Eastern Federal University, Republic of Sakha, The Russian Federation.

June 9, 2016. Shane receives Governor General’s Academic Silver Medal

Since matriculating at Queen’s, Shane has maintained a phenomenal academic record, winning multiple university awards including this year’s Governor General’s Academic Silver Medal! A remarkable effort!

June 6, 2016. Dakota accepted to MSc Program at the University of Toronto

A budding clinician scientist, we were thrilled to hear that Dakota is extending his miRNA studies in Jason Fish’s laboratory, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto.

May 11, 2016. Lab lunch

To celebrate a successful academic year, the Renwick lab heads to Tango Nuevo for excellent tapas and a competitive chardonnay. Dr. Charlie Hindmarch from the Center of Neuroscience Studies kindly joins the festivities.

May 10, 2016. Bryony accepted to the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Western Ontario

Bryony caps her excellent Path 499 performance with a successful application to one of Canada’s leading medical schools.

May 3, 2016. High School Student Outreach Program, Queen’s University

Neil presents “Prion discovery and biology” using knowledge gained by osmosis while sharing an office with Dr. D. Carleton Gajdusek at the University of Amsterdam from 1998 to 2001! Many thanks to Mackenzie Bowman for the kind invitation!

February 12, 2016. Multiplexed intact-tissue transcriptional analysis at cellular resolution

Our EDC fixation approach for retaining small and large RNAs is successfully coupled to CLARITY;

January 19, 2016. DPMM Seminar, Queen’s University

Neil presents “Analyzing post-transcriptional gene regulation in health and disease” to the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine. 

January 12, 2016. DBMS Plenary Lecture, Queen’s University

Neil presents “Analyzing post-transcriptional gene regulation in health and disease” to the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences. Many thanks to Prof. Anne Croy and Dr. Nader Ghasemlou for their kind invitation! 

October 30, 2015. Gairdner Symposium. RNA Biology and The New Genetics, University of Toronto

Neil, Dakota, and Shane attend the Gairdner Symposium on “RNA Biology and the New Genetics” featuring several world-renowned RNA biologists.

October 13, 2015. QATMB Seminar, Queen’s University

Neil reprises his talk on “miRNA-based diagnostics: profiling and visualizing miRNAs in disease tissues” to members of the Queen’s Association for Technology in Medicine and Biology. Many thanks to Shane Mooney for the kind invitation! 

2015. Dr. Lev Goldfarb joins the Renwick Laboratory, Queen’s University

Lev is a world-renowned neurogeneticist who has kindly agreed to join our laboratory as a guest investigator due to our shared interest in the enigmatic neurodegenerative diseases of the Yakut people of Eastern Siberia. We are also excited to have this opportunity to continue our work with Drs. Fyodor Platonov, Dr. Vsevelod Vladimirtsev, Dr. Nadezhda Maksimova, Dr. Tatiana Nikolaeva and our many colleagues at the North-Eastern Federal University in the Sakha Republic.

July-Aug 2015. Shane and Dakota visit the Tuschl Laboratory, The Rockefeller University

Shane and Dakota visit the HMMI_Laboratory of RNA Molecular Biology to hone their skills in RNA curation and RNA FISH. Many thanks to Dr. Tuschl and lab members for being excellent hosts!

June 2015. Tiandra accepted to the School of Medicine, McMaster University

Tiandra sets a high standard after being accepted into the McMaster MD program as a third year life sciences student!

June 26, 2015. Tiny RNAs, big data
Neil discusses his research program with Mary Anne Beaudette from the Queen’s Gazette.

May 29-31, 2015. CIHR New Investigator Forum, Lac Delage, Quebec
Neil participates in the highly informative CIHR New Investigator Forum, learning about the opportunities and challenges for new investigators in Canada. Many thanks to CIHR for hosting this helpful event! 

May 27, 2015. SEAMO Innovation Showcase, Kingston

Neil describes his research initiative in translational RNA biology to the medical research community at Queen’s University/Kingston General and Hotel Dieu Hospitals.

May 5, 2015. High School Student Outreach Program, Queen’s University

Neil presents on “Prion discovery and biology” using knowledge gained by osmosis while sharing an office with Dr. D. Carleton Gajdusek at the University of Amsterdam from 1998 to 2001! Many thanks to Mackenzie Bowman for the kind invitation!

April 28, 2015. Renwick Lab receives SEAMO Innovation Funding

Many thanks to the SEAMO AFP AHSC Innovation Fund for investing in our research on “Optimizing cancer care through maximally informative molecular diagnostics.”

June 1-2, 2015. CCSRI Junior Investigator Grant Panel Travel Award, Toronto

Many thanks to the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute for the wonderful opportunity to see the grant review process in person! Highly educational and highly recommended!

Feb 2, 2015. QATMB Seminar, Queen’s University

Neil presents “miRNA-based diagnostics: profiling and visualizing miRNAs in disease tissues” to members of the Queen’s Association for Technology in Medicine and Biology. Many thanks to Shane Mooney for the kind invitation! Note added in 2018: although this seminar was given in freezing conditions, late at night, to an audience of three, please see above how key a role two of the audience members, Shane and Dakota, played in setting up my laboratory. Lesson: no audience is too small!

Jan 20, 2015. Cutting-edge technology comes to Queen’s
Neil discusses his recent Canada Foundation for Innovation John R. Evans Leaders Fund success with Anne Craig from the Queen’s Gazette.

Jan 2, 2015. Dr. Xiaojing Yang joins the Renwick lab as Research Associate

Xiaojing is a highly experienced physician and cell biologist with postdoctoral training in signal transduction pathways (Southwestern Medical Center, University of Texas) and structure and functional studies of recombinant proteins (Queen’s University). It is a great pleasure to welcome Xiaojing to our laboratory.

Oct 14, 2014. GIDRU Seminar, Queen’s University

Neil presents “miRNA-based diagnostics” to the Gastrointestinal Disease Research Unit, Queen’s University. Many thanks to Drs. Nick Dymint and Michael Blennerhasset for their kind welcome to Queen’s!

Sept 12, 2014. Renwick Lab receives CFI Funding

Many thanks to the Canada Foundation for Innovation John R. Evans Leaders’ Fund and the Ontario Research Fund!! With generous infrastructure support, we have purchased an Amersham Imager 600 UV, a Nikon Eclipse Ni-E Upright Research Microscope, and a Typhoon FLA9500 Biomolecular Imager for research and training purposes.

July 3, 2014. Neil joins the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine at Queen’s University!

Many thanks to the Southeastern Ontario Academic Medical Association and Queen’s University for this terrific opportunity to establish myself as an independent clinician scientist with the generous support of the New Clinician Scientist Award!