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Departmental News

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

Congratulations to Katrina Scott on the successful defence of her MSc thesis "Evaluation Of Cardiac Mitochondrial Function In The Fructose-Fed Rat".

Congratulations to Catherine Hajmrle on the successful defence of her PhD thesis "Pleiotropic Actions Of IL-1 Signaling Of B-Cell Function and Glucose Homeostasis".

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."

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.



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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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