NEWS + ANNOUNCEMENTS

Visionary businessman, philanthropist and U of T alumnus Murray Bernard Koffler died on Sunday at his home in Toronto. He was 93. Perhaps best known as the founder of Shoppers Drug Mart and co-founder of the Four Seasons Hotels Ltd., Murray was also deeply committed to improving the lives of Canadians through his philanthropy.

On October 24, The Centre for Pharmaceutical Oncology (CPO) hosted its second annual Research Symposium entitled Progress in Fighting Cancer. Building on the success of last year’s event, the symposium featured world-renowned researchers and clinicians who shared the latest developments in cutting-edge cancer research. 

Assistant Professor Elise Paradis’ article in Medical Education has been identified as one of the 10 most cited papers of 2015/2016. This is a huge achievement as Medical Education receives over 1,600 articles per year, making it an accomplishment to be selected, let alone one of the most cited papers.

In 2003, Ethiopia – a landlocked country of 72.5 million people – had only a handful of psychiatrists, all located in the capital city.  Psychiatry was in its infancy, and most people sought treatment for mental disorders at religious Holy Water sites.

Fourteen years later, a U of T-Addis Ababa University partnership has propelled the number of psychiatrists from 11 to 70. There are now seven psychiatry departments around the country, and mental health is...

David Dubins, Associate Professor, Teaching, recently received a Teaching Stream Pedagogical Grant.

These grants, in amounts of up to $2,000 per year, support teaching and learning research, classroom experimentation and professional development activities.

David was awarded the grant for PHC435 – Pharmaceutical Data Acquisition and Analysis, to cover expenses for the course. He has used the money to purchase digital multimeters and supplies (e.g. resistors, capacitors,...

On October 11, 2017, the Pharmacy Mentorship Program hosted the annual Meet and Greet event in the atrium at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy.

The goal of the event was to educate pharmacy students about diverse pharmacy-related career opportunities through informal discussions with pharmacists from various fields of pharmacy. In addition, the event provided the opportunity for pharmacist mentors to inspire upcoming pharmacists and students to build their network.

Assistant Professor and Director of the PharmD for Pharmacist Program, Kathy Vu, recently developed the Safe Handling of Oral Anti-cancer Drugs in Community Pharmacies: A Pan-Canadian Consensus Guideline. Kathy collaborated with the Canadian Association for Provincial Cancer Agencies (CAPCA) to lead a pan-Canadian task force made up of senior executives from national pharmacy associations and community pharmacy corporations, pharmacy and healthcare regulatory bodies, safety experts...

The 2017 OPEN Summit was held at The University of Toronto’s Faculty Club on October 3rd. The purpose of the event was to bring together invited researchers, educators, policy makers, healthcare professionals, knowledge users and trainees to learn about OPEN’s (Ontario Pharmacy Evidence Network) research and to engage in discussions about improving medication management and primary healthcare.

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