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December 2019 Edition

Chair's Message

Ruth A. RossThanks to everyone who has been instrumental in compiling the Pharmer's Almanac Newsletter. It is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate so many aspects of the department that we are very proud of; ranging from our research publications, awards, and student and faculty successes.

Our departmental achievements are built on the dedication, consideration and commitment of our students, faculty, supervisors & staff. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the department in so many different and varied ways this year. We’re so grateful to Elaine, Jenn, Diana, Charlotte and Nesma for all their fantastic contributions in the office. 

We hope that the process of encouraging a supportive, collaborative community at all levels of the department will continue to enable rewarding outcomes while prioritizing health and wellness; this continues to be a priority for us all. Examples of two activities that are really important for building our departmental community are the PTSA's weekly Lounge Days, where students can drop by for snacks, games, to de-stress with friends or other members of the community. Also the new biweekly Coffee Hour, which began in the Autumn of this year, where students can have coffee, tea and snacks while chatting or playing board games. We’re so grateful to everyone, including student leaders, post docs, faculty and staff for all your efforts to move the health and wellness agenda forward over the past year.

Wishing everyone a peaceful and restful holiday season,

Awards & Recognitions

Dr. Ana Andreazza has been appointed the inaugural Thomas C. Zachos Chair in Mitochondrial Research!

The Thomas C. Zachos Chair in Mitochondrial Research was established by Constantine and Stacy Zachos, who set out to honour their son Thomas, who lives with mitochondrial disease, and have inspired many of their friends to join in supporting this promising fundamental research.

Prof. Ana Andreazza has been appointed the inaugural Thomas C. Zachos Chair in Mitochondrial Research for a five-year term. In 2018, Andreazza was named one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 for her pioneering work understanding mitochondrial dysfunction and for creating a national research network to bring this poorly understood area of medicine out of the shadows.

News & Events

From left to right: Mark Fernando, Megan Wang, Erika Leigh Beroncal, David Bodenstein, Kassandra Zachos, Alencar Kolinski Machado, Jaehyoung Choi.
MITO2019 hosted by Dr. Ana Andreazza in Toronto Nov 8-9, 2019

The Canadian Mitochondrial Network, mitoNET, is an emerging network of researchers, clinicians, patients and advocates, academic institutions, NGOs and industry partners working together with a common mission—to transform our understanding of the role of mitochondria in human health and disease, including both rare and common chronic diseases affecting mood, metabolism, longevity and quality of life.

MITO2019 was held on November 8th and 9th at Courtyard by Marriott Toronto Downtown and successfully brought together 200+ attendees including academic and non-academic experts as well as patient advocates.

Graduate News

Toy Drive for Toy Mountain

The PGSA is collecting new, packaged, unwrapped items in the Department lunchroom (MSB 4243) until December 18th at 4:00 PM.

Undergraduate News

Sweater Sales have been extended!

Due to strong demand, the PTSA has decided to extend sales of official Pharmacology and Toxicology merchandise until January 10th. Reserve your own now! We will be processing cash payments next semester, however, if you'd like to reserve a spot in line now and are ok with e-transfering, please email our finance director Emily Mathers and let her know! A confirmation will be provided.

Connect With Us!

Due to an issue with our PTSA email, we may have missed a lot of email inquiries - we apologize for the inconvenience and confusion. As such, if you have any questions, please direct them to Winston Chan for now.
We have plenty of exciting events planned for next semester, so be on the lookout for those! If you haven't already, follow us on Facebook!

Publication Highlights

Dimick MK, Cazes J, Fiksenbaum LM, Zai CC, Tampakeras M, Freeman N, Youngstrom EA, Kennedy JL, Goldstein BI. Proof-of-concept study of a multi-gene risk score in adolescent bipolar disorder. J Affect Disord. 2019 Nov 5. pii: S0165-0327(19)31470-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2019.11.009. [Epub ahead of print]
PubMed PMID: 31727397.

Intson K, van Eede MC, Islam R, Milenkovic M, Yan Y, Salahpour A, Henkelman RM, Ramsey AJ. Progressive neuroanatomical changes caused by Grin1 loss-of-function mutation. Neurobiol Dis. 2019 Dec; 132:104527. doi: 10.1016/j.nbd.2019.104527. Epub 2019 Jul 9.

Liu CS, Herrmann N, Gallagher D, Rajji TK, Kiss A, Vieira D, Lanctôt KL. A Pilot Study Comparing Effects of Bifrontal Versus Bitemporal Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation in Mild Cognitive Impairment and Mild Alzheimer Disease. J ECT. 2019 Nov 25. doi: 10.1097/YCT.0000000000000639. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31790015.

Pan AY, Ryu E, Geske JR, Zhou XY, McElroy SL, Cicek MS, Frye MA, Biernacka JM, Andreazza AC. The impact of sample processing on inflammatory markers in serum: Lessons learned. World J Biol Psychiatry. 2019 Nov 21:1-22. doi: 10.1080/15622975.2019.1696474. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31749403.

Rosenblat JD, Kurdyak P, Cosci F, Berk M, Maes M, Brunoni AR, Li M, Rodin G, McIntyre RS, Carvalho AF. Depression in the medically ill. Aust N Z J Psychiatry. 2019 Nov 21:4867419888576. doi: 10.1177/0004867419888576. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31749372.

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