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Awards & Endowed Lectures

Departmental Prizes:

Hank MacIntosh Prize in Pharmacology - was established in 1991 to honor Professor Frank Campbell (Hank) MacIntosh. The MacIntosh Prize recognizes a student who has shown scientific excellence, a breadth of knowledge in the discipline, leadership qualities, and academic and social responsibilities.

Sourkes Prize in Pharmacology - Established in 1992, this prize is granted to a graduate student whose published paper represents the most significant scientific contribution by any graduate student currently enrolled in the program or who has graduated during the preceding year.

Mark Nickerson Prize - was established in 1990 by the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics in honour of Professor Mark Nickerson, a renowned McGill pharmacologist. It is awarded annually to a medical student who has achieved excellence in the unit on Pathobiology, Treatment and Prevention of Disease and has demonstrated, on the basis of interviews, an understanding of the role of pharmacology and therapeutics in contemporary society.

Charles E. Frosst Medical Prize - is awarded annually to a medical student who has achieved excellence in the Unit on Pathobiology, Treatment and Prevention of Disease and has demonstrated, on the basis of interviews, the most promise in the field of Pharmacology.

Pharmacology Research Day Prizes:

Melville Fellowship in Pharmacology - This prize, established in 1994, is awarded annually for the best poster presentations in three categories: junior graduate student; senior graduate student; post doctoral fellow, technician, research associate or reserach assistant.

Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Prize - This prize was established in 2001. It is awarded annually for the best poster presentations in two categories: junior and senior graduate students.

AstraZeneca Prize - This prize, established in 2001, is awarded annually for the best oral presentation by either a senior graduate student or a post doctoral fellow.

Pharmacology Undergraduate Research Expo Prizes:

Barbara Esplin Memorial Prize - This prize is awarded annually for the best poster presentation and best oral presentation by an undergraduate student.

Endowed Lectures:

Mark Nickerson Memorial Lecture - was established in honor of the late Mark Nickerson who was Chair of the Department of Pharmacology at McGill University from 1967 – 1975. After his death in 1998, an endowment fund named the “Mark Nickerson Memorial Lecture Award” was established by a committee that included Drs. A.C.Cuello, Les Iversen, George Kunos, and Sir John Vane.
Mark Nickerson made seminal contributions to the discovery and development of alpha adrenergic blocking drugs and he is credited with the discovery of the haloalkylamine adrenergic blocking agents. His charismatic personality as well as his scientific leadership made him one of the founders of academic pharmacology as a distinct discipline in Canada.