NEWS + ANNOUNCEMENTS

Stress is an important contributor to many chronic human diseases. In response to stress, the human body releases the hormone cortisol, which acts through the glucocorticoid receptor in almost every tissue to coordinate the appropriate cellular response to stress. Many disorders of the central nervous system – including schizophrenia, major depression, epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease – have been linked to elevated cortisol levels.

Associate Professor Anna Taddio is the recent recipient of two awards recognizing her research in paediatric pain management.

In May, the Canadian Pain Society and the Canadian Pain Coalition presented Dr. Taddio with the Pain Awareness Award for the Best Awareness Project for Pain at the CPS annual conference.

On Thursday, June 7, 2012, University of Toronto President David Naylor confirmed Dr. Stephane Angers’ promotion to Associate Professor with tenure.

Dr. Angers is Canada Research Chair in Functional Architecture of Signal Transduction Complexes at the Faculty. Combining integrative biochemistry, molecular biology and cellular biology approaches with new tools in mass spectrometry and proteomics, Dr. Angers’ research program seeks to characterize the function of novel...

At the end of May, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) invested in the pharmaceutical research at the Leslie Dan Facuty of Pharmacy, awarding Discovery Grants to Dr. Tigran Chalikian, Dr. David Hampson, and Dr. Jeffrey Henderson.

Pharmacy Clinician Scientist and Assistant Professor Dr. Marisa Battistella is the recent recipient of an Allied Health Research Grant from the Kidney Foundation of Canada.

The Kidney Foundation of Canada is the largest non-government funding organization solely focused on kidney research in Canada. The Foundation invests in research covering risk factors, detection of populations at risk, transplantation, dialysis, the psychological aspects of kidney disease, genetics, urology, and...

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....