NEWS + ANNOUNCEMENTS

Dr. Vinita Arora was recently recognized by the University of Toronto’s Department of Family and Community Medicine with the “Excellence in Course/Program Development and Coordination Award” as part of the Physician Assistant Program Team. Dr. Arora is Senior Lecturer/Coordinator in Pharmacy Practice at the Faculty, a post she has held since 1998.

Assistant Professor and Clinician Scientist Dr. Carlo DeAngelis and Assitant Proefssor and Pharmacy Clinician Scientist Dr. Marisa Battistella recently received a one-year McLaughlin Centre Accelerator Grant. “The role of single nucleotide polymorphisms of iron regulatory genes in chronic kidney disease (CKD) and cancer treatment induced anemia susceptibility and response to therapy” was awarded one-year funding with matching funds from the investigators.

The Cressy Awards recognize students graduating from the University of Toronto whose extra-curricular activities have left a profound mark on their college, faculty or school, or on the University as a whole. Named in honour of Gordon Cressy, these awards recognize leadership and dedication in students committed to making a difference. This year, five students from the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy were recognized by the University of Toronto Alumni Association to receive this honour....

A group of 3rd year students and 2 faculty members will be visiting Toronto in the week of April 15th, 2012. These ~40 students are studying Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences at Leiden University in the Netherlands and belong to the study association known as L.P.S.V. “Aesculapius”, which organizes a foreign excursion yearly, and this year, they are coming to Toronto. On April 16, Monday, there will be presentations in the morning and a welcome mixer (sponsored by our dean for faculty...

The ORION Leadership awards recognize innovation leadership in Ontario's e-Infrastructure, Higher Education and the K-12 sectors. On April 16th at ORION's inaugural THINK Conference, Dr. Shana Kelley will be presented with a Leadership Award. Dr. Kelley is being recognized for her research group's development of new sensors and probes for the detection and diagnosis of disease and the study of biological function. Congratulations, Dr. Kelley, on this tremendous honour.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada is a volunteer-based health charity that is focused on eliminating heart disease and stroke and reducing their impact through advocacy, the promotion of healthy living, and the advancement of research and its application.

Associate Professor Anna Taddio was recently appointed Senior Associate Scientist at the Research Institute at the Hospital for Sick Children.

The admissions process for the Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy program utilizes a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) format designed to assess non-academic attributes such as oral communication, problem-solving, and ethical reasoning skills that are essential to success as a healthcare professional. Along with academic achievement and performance on the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT), admissions interviews will play a significant role in determining which prospective students will be...