April 2024

Congratulations to Adithi Sundarakrishnan! Adithi, from the Clarke lab won the Best Graduate Student Poster Presentation Award at a symposium held by the Center for Studies in Behavioral Neurobiology (CSBN) at Concordia University. Additionally, she secured the Best 3-Minute Thesis Presentation Award at the recent School of Biomedical Sciences (SMBS) Grad Talks event.


Congratulations to Tara Shomali, who received the prestigious Graduate Student Award from Parkinson Canada (2024-2026 cycle). This is a competitive 2-yr $40,000 award given to only 7 outstanding doctoral trainees doing research on Parkinson’s disease across Canada. This will help Tara works towards developing compounds targeting PINK1, a kinase implicated in early-onset familial Parkinson’s.

Parkinson Canada announces over $ 1.9 million in research competition funding


Congratulations to Zixuan Lis! Zixuan Li received the McGill MedStar Award for her publication entitled “The Organophosphate Esters Used as Flame Retardants and Plasticizers Affect H295R Adrenal Cell Phenotypes and Functions”, in recognition of the excellent research carried out in the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University. The findings from this paper demonstrate that organophosphate esters have chemical-specific effects on cortisol and aldosterone production and thus the adrenal may be an important target for these endocrine-disrupting chemicals.

The winning papers with first authorship by graduate student, postdoctoral and resident trainees were selected to demonstrate excellence at all levels and to represent all disciplines of the training programs in the Faculty of Medicine.

March 2024

The Pharmacology Undergraduate Research Expo (PURE) 2024 was held on Wednesday, March 20th 2024, McIntyre Building, room 522 and 6th floor lobby. 

PURE is an annual event held in the spring, where undergraduate students enrolled in the Pharmacology Research projects (PHAR 396, PHAR 599 and PHAR 598), have the opportunity to present their projects in a poster or oral presentation. 

A special thank you to the keynote speaker, Dr. Jacques LeLorier, Professor, Departments of Medicine and Pharmacology, University of Montreal; Chief of the Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomy Research Unit, Hôtel-Dieu, Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CRCHUM), who presented "The Pharmacologically Pertinent Period of Effect (PPPE)".


Oral Presentations: Spencer Riddell (Recipient of Best Oral Presentation) and Maximiliano Zablah.

Spencer Riddell presented: "Challenges in Small Sample Size Cluster Randomised Trials focused on Medication Adherence in Paediatric Transplantation: Insights from the TAKE-IT-TOO Study".   


Maximiliano Zablah presented: "CRISPR-Screen Identifies ASC1-complex (ASCC) as a Potential Mediator of Tungsten Toxicity".


Poster Presentations: Rocher Leung (Recipient of the Barbara Esplin Memorial Undergraduate Prize for Best 1st Poster Presentation).  And Cérine Beldjoudi (Recipient of the Barbara Esplin Memorial Undergraduate Prize for Best 2nd Poster Presentation). 

Rocher Leung presented: "Investigating The Effect Of Copper On Bace1 Amyloidogenic And Amyloidolytic Activities In Sh-Sy5y Neuroblastoma Cells". 


Cérine Beldjoudi presented : "Preclinical Investigation of Opioid Withdrawal Effects on Depression-Like Behaviour in Chronic Neuropathic Pain Context"




February 2024

The Pharmacology U1's attended "Bowling Night with Chantal" on February 23rd 2024.  A big thank you to the U1 Reps: Veronica Jagoo and Levana Xu!

From left to right, Nghi Nguyen (finished with highest score at Bowling Night), Chantal Grignon (Pharmacology Program Advisor) and Binrui Huang (finished with lowest score at Bowling Night).





January 2024

The Pharmacology Career Day was held on January 29th 2024. The event was held in the Bellini Building, room 501 and 5th floor Atrium.  A big thank you at our participating speakers:

Graduate Student Panel

From left to right: Yigu Zhou, MD/PhD student at McGill University. Olivia Kovecses, PhD Pharmacology student at McGill University. Adithi Sundarakrishnan, PhD Pharmacology student at McGill University.


Professional speakers

From left to right: Anmol Nagpal, MSc, Chief Executive Officer & CoFounder of Nospharma.  Jessica Sudbury, Associate & Patent Law Agent at Bereskin & Parr LLP.  Dr. Tara Barton-Maclaren, Research Manager at Health Canada.



Wine and cheese reception in the Bellini Atrium.




November 2023

Congratulations to our McGill iGEM Team who won first place worldwide at the 2023 Grand Jamboree iGEM competition, with over 400 teams competing! They also won the best Therapeutics project (which had the most teams competing!), best synthetic biology parts collection, and the best presentation special awards.

In the 20 years of the iGEM competition, our McGill iGEM Team are the first Canadian team to win the grand prize at the iGEM Grand Jamboree. 

The iGEM Team: Dan Voicu, Albert Nitu, Emily Martin, Henry Stephenson, Isabelle Guo, Megan Farrow, Elliot Cole, Jonas Lehar, Ben Segall, Jen Tram Su, Owen Tang, Angela Zhu, Kaya Risch, Julia Forsey, Olivia Lopardo, Hyerin Kim, Signe Hoel and Mia Bhatia.



October 2023

A big thank you to the Undergrad volunteers who participated at this year's Open House which was held on Sunday, October 22nd 2023.

Volunteers: Ava Paton, Ava Naphin, Cynthia Sun, Kimiya Karimi, Zahraa Abdul-Jalil and Linda Li.


June 5th

Congratulations to Julia Tourbina-Kolomiets who received the 2023 Mark Nickerson Prize on June 5th 2023!

The Mark Nickerson Prize is awarded annually to an undergraduate student who has achieved excellence in the Pharmacology Major and Honours program and has demonstrated an understanding of the role of research in pharmacology today.



June 5th

Congratulations to Timmi Letch who received the 2023 Melville Undergraduate Research Bursary Award in Pharmacology and Therapeutics on June 5th 2023!

The Melville Bursary is awarded annually to an undergrad student from an underrepresented equity group who has achieved academic excellence, excellence in leadership and community involvement.


June 5th

Congratulations Class of 2023!  BSc in Pharmacology, Science 'A' Convocation.



FMHS Community Celebration Breakfast

The admin. staff of Pharmacology & Therapeutics department participated at the FMHS Community Celebration Breakfast, Wednesday, June 14, at the Percival Molson Stadium.


Escape from A/MAZE

The admin. office team escaped from A/MAZE military facility on May 29, 2023.

Braeden Giles wins Best 3-minute Flash Talk Award

Braeden won the Best 3-minute Flash Talk Award at the Pharmacology Research Day on May 11, 2023. His talk was entitled "Environmentally Relevant Mixtures of Organophosphate Esters Suppress THP-1 Macrophage phagocytosis". Congratulations Braeden!

Lama Iskandarani wins Best Poster or Oral Presentation Award in the Postdoctoral Fellow category

Lama won Best Poster or Oral Presentation award (Postdoctoral Fellow category) for her poster entitled "The effects of bisphenols A and its structural analogs on the expression of gene transcripts involved in the regulation of steroidogenesis in KGN human granulosa cells" at the Pharmacology Research Day on May 11, 2023. Kudos to Lama!


Congratulations to Irem Ulku, received a Junior Faculty Award at the ADPD 2023

Congratulations to Irem Ulku, from Prof. Gerhard Multhaup’s lab, who received a Junior Faculty Award at the ADPD 2023, Advances in Science & Therapy. International Conference on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases and related neurological disorders. The Conference was held from March 28th – April 1st, in Götheborg, Sweden. There were over 4000 attendees and Irem was one out of 20 recipients.

Congratulations to our Pharmacology Integrative League of Students (PILS)!

We are proud to announce that they won Large Departmental Council of the Year at the Science Undergraduate Society Appreciation Night (SUSANs) that was held on Tuesday, March 28th 2023 . They were awarded this prize for bringing the department together, hosting events, and supporting their community, and they’re looking forward to an even bigger and better year in 2023-2024!

PILS award

From left to right: Ava Paton, VP Communications; Cynthia Sun, U2 Rep; Maggie Zhang, U3 Rep; Ilia Shareghi-Ghahreman, U1 Rep; Georgio Mansour Nehmo, VP External; Zachary Grimard, VP Academic; Janeva Shahi, U2 Rep; Atchaya Kanagasabai, U3 Rep; Maathumetha Ponnambalam, VP Internal; Akash Sasitharan, VP Finance.

Bottom center: Hannah Billings, President.

Pharmacology students

Hannah Billings, President; Ava Paton, VP Communications


SUS Large Departmental Council of the Year 2023


Congratulations - SOT RASS Top 10 Best Published Paper Advancing the Science of Risk Assessment Award winners

Xiaotong (Vicky) Wang's paper (below) was selected by The Society of Toxicology Risk Assessment Specialty Section as one of the top 10 Best Papers Advancing the Science of Risk Assessment.

Wang X, Luu T, Beal MA, Barton-Maclaren TS, Robaire B, Hales BF. The Effects of Organophosphate Esters Used as Flame Retardants and Plasticizers on Granulosa, Leydig, and Spermatogonial Cells Analyzed Using High-Content Imaging. Toxicol Sci. 2022 Mar 28;186(2):269-287. doi: 10.1093/toxsci/kfac012. PMID: 35135005; PMCID: PMC8963303.

Vicky is a PhD trainee in Drs. Robaire and Hales labs.



Professor emerita Dusica Maysinger talks about the future of neuromedicine.

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Best wishes to Prof. Multhaup and Prof. McKinney!

Gerhard Multhaup, PhD  - Former Chair, Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics (2011-2021) and Anne McKinney, PhD - Former Associate Dean, Academic Affairs (2019-2022) were honoured by Dr. David Eidelman, Vice-Principal (Health Affairs) and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the Outgoing Faculty Leaders Reception recognizing their outstanding contributions to the Faculty of Medicine and to McGill University. The event was held on Thursday, February 9, 2023 at 5:30 p.m. at Holmes Hall.”

From left to right:

Annmarie Adams, MArch, PhD - Former Chair, Department of Social Studies of Medicine, Annette Majnemer, OT, PhD - Former Vice-Dean, Education, David Eidelman, MD - Vice-Principal (Health Affairs) and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Anne McKinney, PhD - Former Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, Leonora Lalla, MDCM - Former Associate Dean, Continuing Professional Development and Gerhard Multhaup, PhD  - Former Chair, Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Photo: Owen Egan



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