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Archive: November 2019

Arkana’s Service: What’s It Worth?

Arkana's service, Arkana Laboratories
Arkana's Service: What's It Worth? Arkana's service has changed over the years. Since I joined Arkana Laboratories in 2011, our company and my role have changed considerably. At the time I joined we were known as Nephropath and we were a fast-growing renal pathology service. Since my time here we have expanded into Neuropathology, Molecular Pathology, Clinical and Contract Research, as well as added a variety of testing modalities to support our pathology services. All that change even necessitated a name change to Arkana Laboratories, which we felt better reflected our current service offerings as well as those which we...

Dr. Bonsib’s Retirement

Dr. Bonsib's Retirement, Arkana Visualized, Arkana Laboratories
This past weekend we celebrated the retirement of Dr. Stephen Bonsib. Dr. Bonsib has been with Arkana for the last seven years where he has been committed to diagnostic excellence as well as the education of our fellows, visitors, and his colleagues. He has brought tremendous knowledge of renal and urologic pathology into our practice as well as a deep knowledge of processing techniques in light, immunofluorescence, and electron microscopy. We will still likely see him around from time to time as he plans to make visits to Arkana to participate in our spirited case conferences. While it's natural to...

Fellowing Joel – Episode 10

Fellowing Joel, Arkana Laboratories, Renal Pathology, fellowship program
Feedback is vital in any role. We caught up with Dr. Murphy as he was checking in with Dr. Messias in this week's episode of Fellowing Joel. [video width="1920" height="1080" mp4=""][/video]    

Disease Week: Zebrafish Model Organism

Zebrafish Model Organism, Disease Week, Arkana, Arkana Laboratories
Monday Introduction into zebrafish as a model organism Did you know? We have a state-of-the-art zebrafish facility here at Arkana Laboratories where we perform basic research with the goal of finding novel diagnostic and therapies for kidney diseases.   Zebrafish (Danio rerio) is a small tropical fish native to South Asia that can be purchased from your local pet shop. Indeed, the first laboratory strains were derived from several pet shops in Oregon.   Traditionally, it has been a popular vertebrate model to study developmental biology due to its rapid development outside of the uterus and transparent embryos.

Membranous Glomerulopathy Subtyping

Membranous Glomerulopathy Subtyping, Arkana Laboratories, Renal Pathology Teaching Points
The diagnosis of membranous glomerulopathy has evolved rapidly in the past 10 years since the identification of PLA2R as the major target antigen in primary membranous glomerulopathy. Today, rather than subtyping into vague categories such as 'primary' and 'secondary', we have tools available to name the specific type of disease present in most cases. Arkana Laboratories offers diagnostic testing for membranous glomerulopathy including immunohistochemical stains for tissue typing of PLA2R, THSD7A, EXT1/2, and NELL1 membranous and serum testing to monitor disease in patients with PLA2R and THSD7A-associated membranous glomerulopathy.  

Fellowing Joel – Episode 8

Fellowing Joel, Arkana Laboratories, Renal Pathology, fellowship program
We caught Dr. Murphy during our First Friday lunch and he seemed to have already forgotten a very important event happening tomorrow. [video width="1920" height="1080" mp4=""][/video]