• Portrait of Chris Anderson
  • Department head and professor

    Max Rady College of Medicine
    Pharmacology and Therapeutics
    Kleysen Institute for Advanced Medicine
    Room SR424 – 710 William Avenue
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 0Z3

    Phone: 204-318-2565

Research summary

Dr. Chris Anderson's research program is at the forefront of understanding the complex molecular communication events that take place at the interface of the nervous and cardiovascular systems in the brain. By studying these mechanisms, he aims to discover new targets for therapeutic development in brain diseases and injuries. His work is of particular importance as one-in-three Canadians will be directly affected by a neurological or psychiatric disorder and the yearly costs of acute care represent the highest portion of the overall financial burden of disease in Canada.

Dr. Anderson's research focuses on the cell biology of neurodegeneration, specifically investigating how the brain and blood circulatory systems communicate with one another to regulate functions that are critical determinants of neurodegenerative processes. This includes delving into the intricacies of the blood-brain barrier, which plays a key role in maintaining the brain's microenvironment, as well as exploring the mechanisms of glioblastoma invasion and gial biology.

Dr. Anderson's innovative research approach has attracted significant funding from reputable agencies such as the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Brain Canada Foundation, Research Manitoba, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, and the Winnipeg Foundation. The research team he leads, Manitoba Neuroscience Network, is renowned for producing successful academic researchers, entrepreneurial leaders, research associates and medical professionals. With Dr. Anderson's guidance, his team is making significant strides in developing new therapies for brain diseases and injuries, making it an exciting time for researchers in the field to engage with his work.

  • Research themes

    Cell biology of neurodegeneration

    Neurovascular coupling

    Blood-brain barrier

    Gial biology

    Glioblastoma invasion

    Research affiliations

    Director and principal investigator, neuroscience research program, Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg

    Research groups

    Manitoba Neuroscience Network

    • Keywords

      • Blood-brain barrier
      • Canadian Institutes for Health Research
      • Cell biology
      • Glioblastoma invasion
      • Gial biology
      • Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
      • Kenneth Hughes New Investigator Award
      • Manitoba Neuroscience Network
      • Neurodegeneration
      • Neurovascular coupling


    Dr. Chris Anderson is a renowned researcher and academic leader in the field of pharmacology and therapeutics. He currently serves as department head and professor at the Max Rady College of Medicine at the University of Manitoba, where he also leads an interdisciplinary neuroscience research program at the Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg campus.

    Dr. Anderson's research has attracted over $7 million in funding from national and international agencies since 2004, and his trainees have gone on to successful careers in academia, research, and medical practice.

    In addition to his research, Dr. Anderson is an accomplished educator and academic administrator, serving on several committees and the senate at the University of Manitoba.

    • Education

      • PhD (Pharmacology and Therapeutics), University of Manitoba (1998)
      • Bachelor of Science, Simon Fraser University (1993)


      • Awards

        • Manitoba Research Chair in Neurodegeneration, Research Manitoba (2013-2018)
        • Chapter of the Year Award in Outreach and Advocacy (Chapter President), Canadian Association for Neuroscience (2017)
        • University of Manitoba Merit Award for Research and Service (2014)
        • Publication of the Year Award, Canadian Society of Pharmacology and Therapeutics (2013)
        • Kenneth Hughes New Investigator Award, University of Manitoba (2011)
        • New Investigator Award, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (2005-2010)

      Contact us

      Pharmacology and Therapeutics
      Max Rady College of Medicine
      A205 Chown Bldg., 753 McDermot Avenue
      University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
      Winnipeg, MB R3E 0T6 Canada