OUR ORGANIZATION

The group was formed in March 2006 at the Annual AMMI Canada – CACMID Meeting with the following goals:

  • Develop an integrated national network of clinical microbiology laboratory experts to support molecular diagnostics by collaboration and communication through discussion groups and an annual fall meeting.

  • Make recommendations, set guidelines and develop proficiency and policy regarding molecular microbiology testing.

  • Develop processes for sharing methods, specimens, data and information.


Benefits envisioned by NMG include:

  • Clinical molecular diagnostics method development, method troubleshooting, and method discussion and evaluation.

  • Reduced duplication of effort.

  • Enhanced support for laboratories through enhanced collaboration.

  • Enhanced connectivity through collaboration.

  • Progress for standardization and proficiency in clinical molecular diagnostics.

  • Collaborative efforts to establish a proficiency program.

  • Assist each other with validation (specimens and expert advice).

  • Advise on standardization of quality control in Quality assurance programs for molecular diagnostics.

OUR MISSION

  • Develop an integrated national network of clinical microbiology laboratory experts to support molecular diagnostics using collaboration and communication.

  • Make recommendations and collaborate with groups setting standards and developing proficiency and policy.

  • Develop processes for sharing methods, specimens, data and information.

HENRY WONG, PH.D

President and Chair

Clinical Assay Development Scientist, 
Clinical Laboratories
Kingston General Hospital
76 Stuart Street, Douglas 3 Rm 8-313
Kingston, ON, K7L 2V7 Canada
Tel: 613-549-6666 ext-6750
Fax: 613-548-2513
Email: henry.wong@kingstonhsc.ca

ANITA WONG, M.SC., MLT

Vice Chair

Laboratory Scientist I

Public Health Laboratory (ProvLab)

Alberta Precision Laboratories (APL)
3030 Hospital Drive NW
Calgary, AB T2N 4W4

Email: Anita.Wong@albertaprecisionlabs.ca

GEORGE ZAHARIADIS MD, FRCP(C)

Past President and Chair

Director, Provincial Public Health Laboratory
Chief, Eastern Health Microbiology Services
Associate Professor and Residency Research Coordinator
Department of Laboratory Medicine
Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Dr. L.A. Miller Centre, Suite 1, 100 Forest Road, St. John's, NL A1A 3Z9 Canada
Tel: (709) 777-7233 
Fax: (709) 777-7070
Email: George.Zahariadis@easternhealth.ca

AARON CAMPIGOTTO, MD

Meeting Chair

Medical Microbiologist, Dept. of Paediatric Laboratory Medicine
Hospital for Sick Children
555 University Ave., Toronto, ON, M5G 1X8 Canada
Phone: 416-813-1500
Email: aaron.campigotto@sickkids.ca

JESSICA K. KAFKA, PHD

Financial Officer

Lab Operations Manager
Public Health and Microbiology Lab, Eastern Health
L.A. Miller Centre, 100 Forest Road, Suite 1
St. John's, NL, A1A 3Z9 Canada
Tel: 709-777-2181
Email: jessica.kafka@easternhealth.ca

PRAMEET M. SHETH MSC. PHD. D(ABMM), F(CCM)

Councillor

Clinical Microbiologist, Division of Microbiology
Kingston General Hospital, Douglas 3, Rm 8-315
76 Stuart Street, Kingston, ON, K7L 2V7
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Pathology and Molecular Medicine
Richardson Laboratories
Queen's University, Kingston ON K7L 2V7 Canada
Tel: 613-549-6666 x 3272
Email: Prameet.sheth@queensu.ca

DANIELLE BRABANT-KIRWAN, PHD, FCCM, D(ABMM)

Councillor

Clinical Microbiologist
Health Sciences North - Horizon Santé-Nord
41 Ramsey Lake Road, Sudbury, ON, P3E 5J1 Canada
Tel: 705-523-7100 ext. 1698
Fax: 705-671-5580
Email: dbrabantkirwan@hsnsudbury.ca

ANGELA BONNEAU, BSC., MLT

Councillor

Senior Technologist, Virology Reference Lab
EORLA Microbiology Dept.
Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario 
401 Smyth Rd., Ottawa, ON, K1H 8L1 Canada
Tel: 613-737-7600 ext 3742
Fax: 613-738-4248
Email: abonneau@cheo.on.ca

NATALIE PRYSTAJECKY, PH.D

Councillor

Environmental Microbiologist,
BC Centre for Disease Control | Public Health Laboratory
Provincial Health Services Authority
655 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 4R4 Canada
Tel: 604-707-2647
Email: natalie.prystajecky@bccdc.ca

ROBERT LIAO, PHD, D(ABMM)

Councillor

Clinical Microbiologist
LifeLabs
7455 130th Street, Surrey, BC, V3W 1H8 Canada
Tel: 604-507-5156
Email: Robert.Liao@LifeLabs.com

GREG GERMAN, MD PHD DTM&H FRCP(C)

Councillor

Medical Microbiologist 

St. Michael's Hospital / St. Joseph's Health Centre

Unity Health (Toronto)
Tel: (416) 530-6000 x 4005
Email: Gregory.German@unityhealth.to

MARTIN CHEUNG, B.SC.

Webmaster

Technical Coordinator, Parasitology
BCCDC Public Health Laboratory | Provincial Health Services Authority
655 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 4R4 Canada
Tel: 604-707-2680
E-mail: martin.cheung@bccdc.ca