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

The 6th Annual Susan Dunn Golf Tournament was once again a huge success. We had 7 teams participating at the tournament and the BBQ was delicious. Congratulations to this year's winning team consisting of Dr Harley Kurata, Victoria Baronas, Caroline Wang and Dr Manoj Gandhi.

We would like to thank all the participants and the Devon Golf & Country Club for hosting the tournament and BBQ. We would also like to thank the following businesses for their generous donation prizes:
Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions, Crystal Glass, Edmonton Folk Music Festival, Edmonton Fringe Theatre Festival, Good Earth Coffeehouse, Leva Cafe, Nunn Hydration, Pacrim Steel ULC, Rapid Fire Theatre, Skratch Labs and The Sugar Bowl.

One last thank you to the following people for helping to organize the tournament: Jen Beattie, Linda Burke, Stephana Cherak, Ray Kozak and Jen Ling.

The Pharmacology Research Day 2016 (June 10, 2016) was very well attended and a resounding success. We would like to thank graduate students (Scott Campbell, Brandon Chan, Stephana Cherak, Claude Fu, Natasha Govindasamy, Shara Khan, Jennifer Ling, Stephanie Lunn, Katarina Ondrusova, Kevin Thorburn, Caroline Wang, Ran Wei and Ines Zuna) for organizing the meeting.
A special thank you to the adjudicators (Dr Rachel Tyndale (Keynote Speaker-Univ of Toronto), Dr Glen Baker (UofA-Psychiatry) and Dr Christine Webber (UofA-Div of Anatomy).

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

Undergraduate News

The Department of Pharmacology would like to welcome the following new summer students:

Na Eun (Lucy) Chin (Dr Harley Kurata), Nicole Clarke (Dr Bill Colmers), Boyd Classen, Stephen Gust (Dr Frances Plane), David Hu (Dr Simonetta Sipione), Belinda Kanku (Dr Peter Smith), Ryek Jang (Riki) Kim (Dr Pat MacDonald), Annabel Kirgis (Dr James Hammond), Karen McPeak (Dr Peter Smith), Karin Rubenstein (Dr Basil Hubbard), Wojciech Pietrasik (Dr Elena Posse deChaves), Nicholas Ruel (Dr James Hammond), Laura Senior (Dr Pat MacDonald), Devin Tchir (Dr Bill Colmers), Nicholas Twells (Dr Harley Kurata) and Kerri Whitlock (Dr Peter Smith).

Graduate Student News

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.

Claude Fu (Dr Patrick MacDonald) has been awarded the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry 75th Anniversary Graduate Student Award. Brandon Chan (Dr Rick Schulz) was awarded the 2016 APS Caroline tum Suden/Frances Hellebrandt Professional Opportunity 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.

Dr Alan Hudson was featured in an online CBC News (Edmonton) article entitled "Canadian police fight a Frankenstein in new W-18 street drug". Dr Hudson insight on this critical matter was "You only need a tiny speck of W-18, which can cause respiratory depression and can kill you," he added. "It's just too potent to even consider using."


Regulation Of Cardiac And Neuronal Pacemaker Ion Channels By Auxiliary Subunits

Dr Nazzareno D'Avanzo

Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology


Friday, September 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:

4th Annual "Welcome to the Department" Potluck Social and BBQ

August 31, 2016

3:30 pm - 6:30 pm

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