Activities of the Cadham Provincial Laboratory

Media/Quality Assurance

The Media/Quality Assurance Section is responsible for:

  • Quality assurance of laboratory tests for the Public Health Lab;
  • Quality control of all diagnostic kits, microbial identification systems;
  • Providing infrastructure and expertise for CPL accreditation surveys; and
  • Assuring laboratory safety.



The Microbiology Section is responsible for:

  • Public health laboratory testing and investigation of human bacterial enteric pathogens and food-borne illness investigation e.g., salmonella;
  • Sexually transmitted disease testing, e.g., Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhea;
  • Screening for mothers and babies at risk for Group B hemolytic streptococcal colonization and infections;
  • Testing of antibiotic-resistant organisms, e.g. Vancomycin-resistant enterococci;
  • Identification and typing of difficult or unusual organisms;
  • Testing for respiratory organisms such as Bordetella pertussis, Legionella species, Corynebacterium diphtheria and Invasive Beta hemolytic streptococcus; and
  • Applied research and development of diagnostic methods and organism and toxin identification.


Perinatal Chemistry

The Perinatal Chemistry section is responsible for:

  • Screening all newborn babies for over 40 different metabolic and endocrine disorders, including: Phenylketonuria (PKU), Medium Chain Acyl-CoA Dehydrogenase (MCAD) Deficiency, Galactosemia, Congenital Hypothyroidism, Cystic fibrosis (CF), Biotinidase Deficiency, and Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia;
  • Screening all babies for Carnitine Palmitoyl Transferase Type 1 Deficiency or Glutaric Acidemia Type 1 Deficiency;
  • Screening maternal serum specimens for fetal Open Neural Tube Defects and quadruple testing for Down Syndrome risk assessment; and
  • Providing program information, monitoring and evaluation, and patient referral to specialists.

For more information on newborn screening, please click here; practitioners please click here.

arrow What’s New in Newborn Screening in Manitoba September 2011


The Serology/Parasitology Section is responsible for:

  • Surveillance and diagnostic testing in support of Public Health Programs, e.g. prenatal screening for HIV, Syphilis, Hepatitis Band immune status testing for Rubella;Serodiagnostic testing for viral, bacterial and parasitic diseases, e.g., HIV, Hepatitis (A,B,C), Syphilis, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, VZV, CMV, EBV, HSV, Parvovirus B19, WNV, Lyme, H. pylori, Mycoplasma, Toxoplasma;
  • Seroprevalence surveys and vaccine efficacy studies;
  • HIV, Hepatitis Band C viral load testing for monitoring therapy;
  • Serological and molecular testing of organ donors for infectious diseases in support of Transplant Manitoba Gift of Life Program and the Misericordia Eye Bank;
  • Detection of parasites; and
  • Applied research for molecular and serodiagnostic methods.

Virus Detection

The Virus Detection Section is responsible for:

  • Technologists examine tissue culture cells daily for evidence of cytopathic effect caused by human virus infectionProvincial viral diagnostic services;
  • Surveillance of respiratory, enteric and sexually transmitted infection of viral etiology;
  • Supplying viral strain information and primary isolates to the Laboratory Centre for Disease Control for national viral surveillance;
  • Monitoring viral isolates to ensure vaccine-preventable diseases are not circulating;
  • Detecting viral infections of immunocompromised persons (HIV-infected, transplant recipients) for treatment,
  • Identifying and monitoring virus outbreaks, including respiratory and enteric;
  • Research and development of new techniques for timely detection of viral agents, typing viral agents to establish source and etiology of outbreaks.

Cadham Provincial Laboratory
750 William Avenue
Winnipeg MB  R3E 3J7
Phone:  204-945-6123
Fax:      204-786-4770