The Department of Pharmacology is an integral part of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta. We are proud of the excellence of our scientific research and our deep commitment to undergraduate and graduate education. Read a statement on the importance of pharmacology in the post-genomic era, from distinguished alumnus Dr Terry Kenakin.



Departmental News

UofA Open House 2016

The 2016 University of Alberta Open House was held on October 22, 2016. We would like to thank the following students (Pic L-R: Matt Hubert, Karin Rubinstein, Kevin Thorburn & Ana Catuneanu) and undergraduate students (Boyd Classen, Kevin Fang, Moh Lail, John Monvror, Shermaine Sy, Netty Ta, Jihee Yoo & Young Zhou) for helping out. A special thank you to Dr Martin Davies for co-ordinating the event.

Graduate Student News

Stephana Cherak, a graduate student in Pharmacology, has been selected as Editor in Chief for the Alberta Academic Review!

The Alberta Academic Review (AAR) is a peer-reviewed academic journal located at the University of Alberta, and is a forum for academic debate and discussion on a wide variety of subjects. The AAR seeks to serve as a record of graduate and undergraduate academic work in Alberta, with a focus on work produced by students at the University of Alberta.

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

Alberta Innovation Health Science (AIHS) Graduate Studentship

  • Khushwant Bhullar (Dr Basil Hubbard)
  • Andrew Woodman (Dr Stephane Bourque)

  • Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) Profiling Alberta's Graduate Students Award

  • Ines Zuna (Dr Andy Holt)

  • Li Ka Shing SinoCanadian Studentship

  • Haopeng (Frank) Lin (Dr Patrick MacDonald)

  • Motyl Cardiac Sciences Graduate Award

  • Stephana Cherak (Dr Stephane Bourque)

  • Pharmacology Recruitement Award

  • Mathew Hubert (Dr Peter Light)

  • Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Graudate Scholarship MSc/PhD

  • Mathew Hubert (MSc) (Dr Peter Light)
  • Andre Roczkowsky (MSc) (Dr Rick Shulz)
  • Kevin Thorburn (PhD) (Dr Bradley J Kerr)

  • Reiffenstein Travel Award

  • Ines Zuna (Dr Andy Holt)

  • Women and Children's Health Research Institute (WCHRI) Award Graduate Studentship

  • Brandon Chan (Dr Rick Schulz)
  • Stephana Cherak (Dr Stephane Bourque)

  • The Department of Pharmacology is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Dr Edwin E Daniel Graduate Scholarship in Pharmacology. We have an award for both the top PhD and the top MSc student. The winners are: Stephanie Lunn - PhD (Dr Frances Plane) and Katarina Ondrusova - MSc (Dr Peter Light).

    Andrew Woodman (Dr Stephane Bourque) and Caroline Wang (Dr Harley Kurata) have been awarded the Fredrick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship (CIHR) and the Walter H. Johns Graduate Fellowship.

    Congratulations to Stephana Cherak (Dr Stephane Bourque) and Andrew Woodman (Dr Stephane Bourque) for being awarded The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) Travel Award.

    Faculty News

    Congratulations to Dr Patrick MacDonald for becoming one of the 7 recipients of The 2016 Killam Annual Professorship. The award is granted to faculty members based on the quality of their scholarly activities such as teaching, research, publications, creative activities, presented papers, and supervision of graduate students.


    Regulating Metabolic Homeostasis With Hindbrain Glycine

    Dr Jessica Yue

    Department of Physiology

    University of Alberta

    Friday, December 9, 2016

    12:00 pm, 9-68 MSB

    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:

    Department of Pharmacology Christmas Pot-Luck Luncheon

    December 16, 2015


    9-68 MSB