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 PGSA invites you to attend our annual Pharmacology Research Day, on June 10, 2016 at the U of A Telus Centre. This year, we are delighted to have Dr Rachel Tyndale, from the University of Toronto, as our keynote speaker.

Currently, we ask that you fill out the following RSVP form to confirm your attendance. Please do so by May 20 so we can ensure sufficient catering and provide name tags.

A separate abstract submission document has been sent to students and post-doctoral fellows. If there are students in other departments or undergraduate students who wish to present, they should fill out the RSVP form and the Abstract Submission form.

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

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."

Dr Bill Colmers appeared in an article CBC News (Dec 22, 2015) to speak about researchers’ funding concerns in light of Alberta’s current economic climate and the province’s review of agencies, boards and commissions, including Alberta Innovates Health Solutions. Dr Colmers also appeared on CBC Radio One morning programs in Alberta, and had an opinion piece on this topic in the Edmonton Journal.

Dr Bill Colmers was profiled in the Edmonton Journal (Nov 14, 2015), the Toronto Sun and the AIHS Newsletter for his newly published findings on the identification of a brain area involved in the perception of healthy body weight.

Dr Michael Zaugg was featured in the FoMD October 2015 Newsletter for a New England Journal of Medicine editorial that he published on two landmark clinical trials on remote ischemic preconditioning in patients undergoing cardiac surgery.


Annual Pharmacology Research Day 2016

Telus Centre
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta
Friday, June 10, 2016


Synaptic GPCRS Act As Cell Type Specific Circuit Switches For Autonomic Physiology

Dr Tevye Stachniak

Roche Innovation Center

Basel, Switzerland

Thursday, May 26, 2016

11:30 am, 9-68 MSB

Evaluation Of Cardiac Mitochondrial Function In The Fructose-Fed Rat

Katrina Scott

MSc Seminar

Department of Pharmacology

University of Alberta

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

10:00 am, 9-68 MSB

Neuro-Immune Interplay In Pathology

Dr Sébastien Talbot

F.M. Kirby Neurobiology Center

Children's Hospital Boston

Center for Life Sciences

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

12:00 pm, 9-68 MSB

The Pleiotropic Actions Of IL-1 Signaling On β-Cell Function And Glucose Homeostasis

Catherine Hajmrle

PhD Seminar

Dept of Pharmacology

University of Alberta

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

9:00 am, 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.

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