Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics
The Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at the University of Manitoba is dedicated to training highly qualified and adaptable graduate students and fellows to meet the growing worldwide demand for basic science and clinical pharmacologists.
We recognize that competing for the most desirable career options relies upon having a competitive research record, which is why we teach and encourage innovation, technical diversity, collaboration and rigorous scientific integrity to drive publication of high-impact pharmacological research.
What we offer
The Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at the University of Manitoba offers MSc and PhD graduate degrees in pharmacology and therapeutics—both programs consist of course and lab research work.
In addition to training students with the skills required in medical research, there is a strong emphasis on developing oral communication and presentation skills.
Awards and scholarships
The University of Manitoba issues more than $17 million to students each year in the form of scholarships and bursaries. Find out how you can access funding so you can focus on your studies.
Dr. Mark Nickerson Graduate Entrance Scholarship in Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Dr. Mark Nickerson, a world-renowned pharmacologist, joined the University of Manitoba in 1954 and was appointed the first professor and head of the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics. He developed a modern course in pharmacology and therapeutics, and established it as an important discipline in the undergraduate medical curriculum. Dr. Nickerson recruited several world-class pharmacologists over a short period of time to establish the department as a leader both nationally and internationally in the field of pharmacology and therapeutics.
He was the primary driving force in the design and construction of a new building for pharmacology, the Chown building, which opened in 1965, and remains the home of the department. The department has trained many pharmacologists, who have continued onto successful careers in government, private industry and academia, and have provided leadership in the field of pharmacology and therapeutics around the world.
Pharmacology and therapeutics established an endowment fund as a lasting tribute to Dr. Mark Nickerson’s energy and vision in developing the discipline of pharmacology in Canada. Pharmacology encompasses the interactions between drugs and biological systems, and includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics and pharmacogenomics. Each year, the available annual interest from the fund will be used to offer one or more scholarships to graduate students who:
- Are enrolled full-time in the Faculty Of Graduate Studies in a master’s or doctoral program specializing in pharmacology in the Max Rady College Of Medicine at the University Of Manitoba;
- Have achieved the highest entering degree grade point average, minimum 3.75 (or equivalent), based on the previous 60 credit hours of study.
The Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies (or designate) will ask the graduate studies committee of the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics to name the selection committee for this award.
Dr. Ian R. Innes Memorial Award
In memory of Dr. Ian R. Innes, his family, friends and colleagues have established an endowment fund at the University Of Manitoba.
Dr. Innes began his appointment in the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics in 1958 and retired in 1989. He served as head of the department from 1967 until 1982. His major area of research was autonomic pharmacology, and he devoted his career to postgraduate education.
The award is to be given to a senior graduate student (past the second year of the training program) in the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics as recognition for an outstanding research presentation in the year-end evaluation of students in the training program.
The selection committee will be the department’s academic staff who participate in the annual evaluation process of graduate students in the postgraduate training program.
Clive Greenway Award
Dr. Clive Greenway served as head of the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics from 1982 to 1989 and again from 1994 to 1996.
The Clive Greenway Award is awarded for outstanding performance during the department’s annual graduate student presentations.
With the addition of the Dr. Ian R. Innes Memorial Award in 2002, eligibility for the Clive Greenway Award has been focused on graduate students (MSc and PhD) that have been less than a total of two years in any graduate program in the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics.
A student may not be awarded this award and the Dr. Ian R. Innes Memorial Award in the same year.
The selection committee will be the department’s academic staff who participate in the annual evaluation process of graduate students in the postgraduate training program
Deepak and Ratna Bose Prize
The award is in recognition of the contributions of Drs. Deepak and Ratna Bose to the discipline of pharmacology. In addition to distinguished research careers, Drs. Deepak and Ratna Bose modeled a commitment to teaching and education excellence at the University of Manitoba in programs including medicine, pharmacy and graduate studies.
The purpose of this award is to recognize and support the professional development of a graduate student who demonstrates critical thinking and self-directed learning (for example by asking questions and citing scientific literature) during discussions on the discipline of pharmacology as well as topics in biomedical research.
Research in the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics encompasses a diverse range of pharmacology sub-disciplines including: cardiovascular, liver and endocrine, neuro-, and drug metabolism and clinical pharmacology.
The department also houses a specialized research program in the neuropharmacology of neurodegenerative disorders at the St. Boniface General Hospital Research Centre.
The Department of Pharmacology is currently researching a number of subjects in cardiovascular pharmacology, including the role of kidneys in blood pressure and hypertension, the role of brain centres in blood pressure regulation, the role of lipids in normal heart function and atherosclerosis and more.
Liver and Endocrine Pharmacology
Our studies in Liver and Endocrine Pharmacology are varied and wide-ranging. Some examples of recent research include how the liver regenerates following diseases like Hepatitis, how abnormal collagen deposition in the liver leads to cirrhosis, and the role GABA plays in liver regeneration.
Neuropharmacology and Neurodegenerative Disorders
Neuropharmacology and neurodegenerative disorders provide many exciting areas for research. Current studies in our department include how cellular calcium regulation changes in Alzheimer's disease and diabetes, what are the mechanisms of synaptic plasticity and how they translate into learning and how are adenine nucleotide levels regulated in the normal brain and in cerebral ischemia.
Drug Metabolism and Clinical Pharmacology
Research in clinical pharmacology and drug metabolism in our department encompasses many different topics, including how enzymes contribute to drug metabolism by acetylation, how drugs are transported into kidney tubules and across the blood-brain barrier and how aging affects drug metabolism and efficacy.
Explore the links below to learn more about our department's exemplary clinician scientists.
Community and outreach
The Magnetic Resonance Microscopy Centre
The Magnetic Resonance Microscopy Centre is the only small animal MR imaging facility in Manitoba. We are a user facility offering imaging of small animals, tissue samples and materials. Long-time users can be trained to obtain the images themselves. Some image processing can also be provided.
Faculty and staff
Our faculty and staff are committed to supporting learners, colleagues and the community. Contact us to learn more about our department and what we have to offer.
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Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Max Rady College of Medicine
A205 Chown Bldg., 753 McDermot Avenue
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0T6 Canada