Professor Emeritus and former Chair
LMC Montreal Glen
5325 Crowley Avenue, Suite 301
Monteal, QC H4A 2C6
Email: hans.zingg [at] mcgill.ca
No longer directing a lab
Dr. Hans H. Zingg earned his M.D. at the University of Basel, Switzerland, and his Ph.D. at McGill. Following postdoctoral training at Harvard, he joined McGill in 1984. He was Director of the Laboratory of Molecular Endocrinology at the Royal Victoria Hospital, holder of the Wyeth-Ayerst Chair in Women’s Health and Associate Director of the MUHC Research Institute before he assumed the Department Chairmanship (2002 – 2011). Although officially Professor Emeritus, he is still actively involved in medical and graduate teaching and runs his endocrine outpatient clinic at the Royal Victoria Hospital.
Work in his lab focused on the molecular mechanisms of oxytocin and oxytocin receptor gene expression and mechanisms of intracellular signaling. His current interests are on a more global and theoretical level and focus on the concepts of self-organization and complexity as basic principles underlying the emergence of life and consciousness.
McIntyre Medical Building
3655 Prom. Sir-William-Osler
Montreal, QC, H3G 1Y6
Email: radan.capek [at] mcgill.ca
No longer directing a lab
Dr. Čapek earned his M.D. and Ph.D. (Pharmacology) at Charles University in Prague. His postdoctoral training was at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago, and at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Sao Paulo in Ribeirao Preto, Brazil. Subsequently, he was the Head of the Neuropharmacology Research Unit and Deputy Director of the Institute of Pharmacology of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences in Prague. After joining McGill University, he progressed through the academic ranks to full Professor. Dr. Čapek’s research interest has been concerned with the electrophysiological analysis of drug action on synaptic transmission and excitability in the central nervous system, in particular, the mechanisms by which anticonvulsants control the initiation and spread of seizure activity, selective targeting of the drug action on hyperexcitable neurons involved in seizures, and plastic changes in the brain induced by an insult leading to epileptogenesis. He is a core member of the Centre for Medical Education. His research interest is in evaluation of undergraduate medical students and in faculty development (see https://mcgill.ca/centreformeded/aboutus/whoweare). He also collaborates in pharmacoepidemiology research on new methods for population-based studies of effectiveness and safety of medications.
His pioneering discoveries played a crucial role in our understanding of how nerve cells communicate with each other. He is highly regarded as an enthusiastic teacher.
A specialist in Internal Medicine, he published in scholarly journals of Clinical Pharmacology, Internal Medicine and Medical Education. The latter related to research in the education of students as well as continuing education of health care practitioners.