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  • 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

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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. Chris Anderson’s research program is focused on discovery of new targets for therapeutic development in brain disease and injury by deciphering the molecular communication events at the interface of the nervous and cardiovascular systems in the brain. Anderson studies how the brain and blood circulatory systems communicate with one another to regulate functions that are important determinants of neurodegenerative processes, including delivery of brain blood and nutrient flow and invasion of cancer cells into healthy brain tissue along vascular pathways. His work has been funded most recently by agencies including 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.


Dr. Chris Anderson is department head and professor in Pharmacology and Therapeutics at the University of Manitoba. He is also scientific director of an inter-disciplinary neuroscience research program in the Kleysen Institute for Advanced Medicine at the Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg campus.

His work has attracted over $7 million in operating, training and infrastructure grants from national and international agencies since 2004.

Trainees from his group have become successful academic researchers, entrepreneurial leaders, research associates and medical professionals.

Dr. Anderson also teaches in several areas of pharmacology, therapeutics and cell biology, leads curriculum development for undergraduate pharmacology programming, and serves on several academic governance committees and the UM senate.



  • 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)

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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