Dedicated to discovery

Dalhousie Medical School is committed to research that improves the level of care that patients receive, finds ways to manage or cure diseases and disorders, and gives us a better understanding of the human body and all of its functions.

Our core areas of research focus

Research in the Department of Pathology is organized into the several core research foci or units:

Creating knowledge

MSc and PhD programs

Our department offers research-intensive MSc and PhD programs that give learners the opportunity to work alongside world-class researchers and faculty.

Our MSc and PhD candidates also engage in coursework that supports the excellent research projects the candidates are pursuing. Dedicated funding, focused students and internationally recognized faculty members allow us to make great strides in pathology research.

Residency programs

Pathology residents are also encouraged to engage in clinical and basic science research activities during their training.

Helping our community

Along with providing our services to the Dalhousie community, we also serve as a laboratory resource for external experts with inquiries into histotechniques, immuno-staining and various other technical approaches for medical research projects. Find out more about our Histology & Research Services Laboratory.

What is pathology?

Pathology draws from the basic sciences of anatomy, developmental and cancer biology, cell physiology, human genetics, immunology, neurobiology, and virology to inform the various branches of clinical medicine. So in the simplest terms, pathology provides the scientific basis for clinical medicine and the clinical purpose for research in the basic sciences. 

As a discipline, pathology also makes use of a number of technologies for diagnostic purposes, including microscopy, histology, high-throughput flow cytometry and chemical assays and, more recently, molecular diagnostic approaches including DNA and RNA sequencing.

Find out more about what pathology is.