• 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 delves into the intricate molecular communication between the nervous and cardiovascular systems in the brain, aiming to uncover potential targets for therapeutic intervention in brain disorders and injuries. With one in three Canadians directly affected by neurological or psychiatric conditions, the financial strain of acute care underscores the urgency of his work.

His focus lies in understanding the cell biology of neurodegeneration, particularly examining how the brain and blood circulatory systems interact to influence key aspects of neurodegenerative processes. This includes investigating the role of the blood-brain barrier in maintaining the brain's microenvironment, as well as exploring mechanisms related to glioblastoma invasion and glioblastoma biology.

Dr. Anderson's innovative research approach has garnered substantial support from esteemed organizations such as the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, and others. Leading the Manitoba Neuroscience Network, his team has a track record of producing successful researchers, leaders, and medical professionals. Under Dr. Anderson's guidance, they are advancing new therapies for brain diseases and injuries, marking an exciting period for researchers in the field.

  • 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


Brief bio

Dr. Chris Anderson is a distinguished researcher and academic leader currently serving as a department head and professor in pharmacology and therapeutics at the Max Rady College of Medicine, University of Manitoba. He also leads an interdisciplinary neuroscience research program at Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg. With over $7 million in funding garnered since 2004, his research has made a significant impact on the understanding of brain diseases. Dr. Anderson's commitment to education is evident through his roles on various committees and the Senate at the University of Manitoba.


Department of Physiology and Pathophysiology


PhD (Pharmacology and Therapeutics), University of Manitoba (1998)

Bachelor of Science, Simon Fraser University (1993)



  • Chapter of the Year Award in Outreach and Advocacy (Chapter President), Canadian Association for Neuroscience


  • University of Manitoba Merit Award for Research and Service


  • Publication of the Year Award, Canadian Society of Pharmacology and Therapeutics


  • Kenneth Hughes New Investigator Award, University of Manitoba


  • New Investigator Award, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada


  • Manitoba Research Chair in Neurodegeneration, Research Manitoba

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