CSMLS Virtual Events
Keeping you up-to-date and connected to your profession.
CSMLS Virtual events are interactive, connecting people sharing an online environment at a specific date and time, rather than meeting in a physical location.
You’ll get all the valuable education from subject matter experts and connect with like-minded people from the comfort of your own home or lab, without the added cost of travel and accommodations.
All past Virtual Events are available as on-demand webinars in the CSMLS Learning Centre.
Note: On-demand webinars are available in English only.
Register for one of these upcoming events and elevate your career:
What’s new with Lyme disease diagnostic testing in Canada?
May 13 | 12 pm - 1 pm (EST)
Lyme disease is the most important tick-borne disease in Canada. On-going range expansion of its principal vector, the blacklegged tick, means that the burden of Lyme disease is likely to increase over time. Serological testing has been the primary tool to provide laboratory evidence of exposure to Borrelia burgdorferi, the agent of Lyme disease. Testing currently involves a two-step approach [an Enzyme Immunoassay (EIA) for screening followed by immunoblots (IgM and/or IgG) on reactive samples]. Use of a modified two-tiered testing approach (two EIAs) for Lyme disease is under consideration and plans for validation/implementation of this new algorithm will be described.
At the end of this session, you will be able to:
- Understand the changing dynamics of Lyme disease risk in Canada
- Know which diagnostic tests are commonly used to support clinical suspicion of Lyme disease
- Become aware of proposed changes to Lyme disease diagnostic testing algorithms and the evaluations that have been undertaken to support these proposed changes
Speaker: Robbin Lindsay, Research Scientist, Public Health Agency of Canada
Chemistry Virtual Symposium
June 8, 9 and 10
Though we still can’t meet in person, we can still connect and learn!
Join CSMLS for a virtual symposium focused on Chemistry, featuring industry leaders from across the country!
We’ll broadcast expert-led sessions to you so you can earn continuing education hours from the comfort of your home or lab.
New Advances in Comprehensive Drug Surveillance in An Era of Polypharmacy, Anxiety and Pandemic
June 24 | 12pm – 1pm (EST)
New technologies are urgently needed for broad spectrum drug screening given an alarming increase in drug overdose fatalities exacerbated during a pandemic. Immunoassays are widely used for urine drug testing, but are prone to bias due to antibody cross-reactivity. We will discuss a high throughput platform for nontargeted screening of a broad array of drugs of abuse in urine based on multisegment injection-capillary electrophoresis-mass spectrometry. This platform offers a rapid yet accurate platform for comprehensive surveillance of prescribed and illicit drugs of abuse among high-risk clinically depressed patients, as well as recent tobacco smoke exposures in large populations globally.
Speaker: Philip Britz-McKibbin (PhD), Professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, McMaster University