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Departmental News

The Department of Pharmacology invites you to participate in our 7th Annual Susan Dunn Memorial Golf Tournament, on July 27, 2017 at the Rundle Park Golf Course.

7th Annual Susan Dunn Golf Tournament

The annual golf tournament is to honour the memory of Dr Susan Dunn who served as Chair of the Department of Pharmacology from 2008 to the time of her death on February 18th, 2011. Susan was recruited to the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Alberta in 1988. She was promoted to full Professor in 1993 and served as Deputy Chair of the Department from 2003 until 2008. Susan is remembered by colleagues for her scientific rigour and understated leadership. Students also remember her as an exemplary role model. Her guidance and support are missed by all who had the good fortune to work with her.

The Pharmacology Research Day 2017 (June 23, 2017) was well attended and a resounding success.
A big thank you goes out to Stephana Cherak and Andrew Woodman for organizing the meeting. Thank you to Ines Zuna for being the MC for the day and Jen Beattie, Dancy Bogdanovic and Linda Burke for all their help with everything along the way.
A special thank you to the adjudicators Dr David Fedida (Keynote Speaker-UBC) and Dr James Hammond (UofA-Pharmacology). Finally, thank you to Dr Stephane Bourque, Dr Simon Gosgnach (Physiology), Dr Paul Jurasz, Dr Frances Plane, Dr Rick Schulz and Dr Amy Tse for helping judge with the poster presentations.

To view a list of grad student presentation awards, please click here.

The Department of Pharmacology would like to extend a warm welcome to our new summer students and new PostDoctoral Fellows:

  • Dr Luciana Da Silveira Cavalcante (Dr Basil Hubbard)
  • Dr Koenraad Philippaert (Dr Peter Light)

  • Graduate Student News

    Congratulations to Jennifer Ling on the successful defence of her MSc thesis "The Effect of Statins on Rab Prenylation In Choroideremia".

    Congratulations to Stephana Cherak on the successful defence of her MSc thesis "The Effect of Iron Deficiency During Development On Brown Fat Quantity and Thermogenic Capacity".

    Congratulations to Ines Zuna on the successful defence of her MSc thesis "The Alberta Drug Administration Modeller (ADAM): A Life-Size Hands-On Pharmacokinetics Learning Tool For Our Future Healthcare Professionals".

    Congratulations to Richard Yan-Do (Dr Patrick MacDonald) for being awarded the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry (FoMD) March 2017 Med Star Graduate Student Award. The award is in recognition of their outstanding research publication in Diabetes "A Glycine-Insulin Autocrine Feedback Loop Enhances Insulin Secretion from Human B-cells and is Impaired in Type 2 Diabetes".

    Congratulations to the following graduate students on receiving the following awards:

    Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) Graduate Student Travel Award

  • Caroline Wang (Dr Harley Kurata)

  • Pharmacology Student Services Award

  • Matthew Hubert (Dr Peter Light)
  • Stephanie Lunn (Dr Frances Plane)
  • Ran Wei (Dr Frances Plane)

  • Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry (FoMD) 75th Anniversary Award

  • Scott Campbell (Dr Peter Light)
  • Ana Cotuneanu (Dr Bradley Kerr)

  • Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Graudate Scholarship MSc

  • Ana Cotuneanu (Dr Bradley Kerr)

  • Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry (FoMD)/Alberta Health Services (AHS) Award

  • Andrej Roczkowski (Dr Rick Schulz)

  • Faculty News

    Dr Martin Davies

    Congratulations to Dr Martin Davies for receiving the 2017 William Hardy Alexander Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. This award "recognizes teaching excellence by academic staff publicly, publicizes such excellence to the University and the wider community, encourages the pursuit of teaching excellence, and promotes informed discussion of teaching and its improvement at the University of Alberta". For more information, please check the UofA's Centre for Teaching and Learning.

    Dr Gary Lopaschuk

    The Department of Pharmacology is pleased to announce the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry ​201​7 Excellence in Mentoring Award Winners​ ​recipients: Dr Gary Lopaschuk (Tier I) and Dr Frances Plane (Tier II). For more information, please read the latest news on FoMD Research Awards.

    Dr William Colmers has been named the Alumnus of the Year by the Hotchkiss Brain Institute in recognition of scientific, professional and academic excellence. This achievement was in recognition of his outstanding work in studying the actions of Neuropeptide Y in the central nervous system and its involvement in epilepsy, obesity, cachexia and anxiety.

    Congratulations to Dr Peter Smith for being this years recipient of the Neuroscience Students' Association award for 'Excellence in Teaching'.

    The Department of Pharmacology is pleased to announce the ​201​7-201​8 McCalla Professorship​ ​recipient: Dr Frances Plane. The McCalla Professorship​s​ recognize our colleagues' ​contributions to student learning as well as their commitment to integrate teaching​ and research ​at the University of Alberta. For more information, please read the latest news on The Quad.


    Thank you for attending our seminars. Please stay tuned for upcoming seminars.

    Pharmacology Graduate Student Recruitment Award:

    Students with an Honours degree in Pharmacology from the U of A and a GPA of 3.7 or higher are eligible to receive a Pharmacology Graduate Student Recruitment Award on entering our graduate program.

    Social Events:

    7th Annual Susan Dunn Memorial Golf Tournament
    July 27, 2017
    1 pm Tee Time
    Rundle Park Golf Course
    Registration form available here.

    5th Annual "Welcome Back & Welcome New Students and Faculty/Staff" BBQ

    August 30, 2017

    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Emily Murphy Park, 11904 Emily Murphy Park Road NW, Site #1