The Genetic Pathology Evaluation Centre (GPEC) was developed in late 2001, and is a collaborative research venture of the Pathology Department at VGH and UBC, the Vancouver Prostate Centre at Vancouver General Hospital, and the British Columbia Cancer Agency (BCCA).

The GPEC mission is to work towards “bringing cancer genomics to the bedside” through the use of tissue microarray technology.

Through the use of tissue microarray and other technologies, GPEC links archival pathological material from Vancouver General Hospital and other collaborating hospitals to detailed outcome data from the BC Cancer Agency for the assessment of novel cancer biomarkers. These biomarkers are studied to determine whether they are useful for diagnosis, prognostication or the prediction of response to therapy. The biomarkers studied by GPEC come from many sources including leading cancer research labs from around the world as well as the published literature (see map of collaborators). All research at GPEC is performed in accordance with institutional and provincial ethical guidelines.

Recent Posts

Analytical validation of a standardized scoring protocol for Ki67 immunohistochemistry on breast cancer excision whole sections: an international multicenter collaboration.

Aperio virtual slide image files and annotation xml files of the corresponding selected fields and scores of all core-cut biopsy slides...
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Emerging targets in cancer immunotherapy.

Semin Cancer Bio. 2018 Oct;52(Pt 2):39-52. doi: 10.1016/j.semcancer.2017.10.001. Epub 2017 Oct 5. Burugu S (more…)
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Terry Fox Run 2018

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The prognostic effects of somatic mutations in ER-positive breast cancer.

Nat Commun. 2018 Sep 4;9(1):3476. doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-05914-x. Griffith OL (more…)
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who we are

  • Terry Fox Run 2018


Pathological image resources

WebSlide server (Bliss)
WebSlide server (Bliss)
GPEC TMA database
GPEC TMA database
Atlas of human disorders
Atlas of human disorders


Genetic Pathology Evaluation Center

Room 509, 2660 Oak Street
Jack Bell Research Center
Vancouver, BC,
V6H 3Z6
tel: 604-875-4111 ext. 68893


Enquiries related to hereditary gastric cancer testing should be directed to:

Pardeep Kaurah,
Research Genetic Counsellor,
Hereditary Cancer Program.
tel: 604 877-6000 (2169).
email: pkaurah +at+ bccancer +dot+ bc +dot+ ca