February 7, 2017

Inside This Issue

 

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR

I am delighted to share this edition of PhysioLINK with you which highlights the accomplishments and successes of our faculty and trainees. 

A special thank you to this year’s GASP Executive. Their energy level and commitment to the student experience is palpable. See what they have been up to and what they have planned for the month of February. Please support their initiatives!

Best wishes.

Graham L. Collingridge, FRS, FMedSci, FRSB, FBPhS
Ernest B. and Leonard B. Smith Chair 
Department of Physiology

 
HONOURS & AWARDS

Congratulations to Dr. Anthony Gramolini and Dr. Howard Mount on being recognized with a 2016-17 Faculty of Medicine Graduate Teaching Award as follows:

  • Dr. Gramolini – Mid-Career Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentorship Award.
  • Dr. Mount - Sustained Excellence in Graduate Teaching & Mentorship Award.

The awards will be presented at the Faculty of Medicine’s Education Achievement Celebration on May 15, 2017. 

Congratulations to Dr. Beverley Orser and her team on being recognized by the 2017 Peter Dresel Award from the Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University for “contributions to the basic science understanding of anesthetics and their clinical use”. The award will be presented at the 2017 Canadian Society of Pharmacology and Therapeutics (CSPT) conference in Halifax in June, 2017.

 

PHYSIOLOGY SEMINAR SERIES – February Seminars

~ Eligible for PSL1000H/PSL2000H Course Seminar Attendance ~

 

 

NEWS FROM GASP

GASP has had a successful start to 2017 (see pictures below). Let's keep the momentum going. Join us for our February activities:

 

TRANSITIONING FROM GRAD SCHOOL TO INDUSTRY, WITH BENCHSCI

WHERE: MSB Rm 3227

WHEN: Tuesday, February 7th, 6- 7pm

FREE food will be provided.

 

OFF CAMPUS COFFEE BREAK

WHERE: Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research

WHEN: Thursday, February 9th at 3 pm 

Join us for FREE Coffee and Timbits. Stay tuned for more info.

 

DJ SKATE NIGHT

WHERE: Harbourfront Centre

WHEN: Saturday, February 11th, 7:30pm. A group will be leaving from MSB at 7pm.

COST: Skate rentals are $10 for 2 hours.

HoCho and snacks will be provided!

RSVP to Melanie mel.markovic@mail.utoronto.ca and indicate if you will travel with us, or meet us there.

 

KARAOKE NIGHT

WHERE: Bar+ (360 Yonge St.)

WHEN: Friday, February 24th at 7 pm 

COST: $5 for PSL students and $7 for non-PSL students

RSVP to Scott: scott.frendo.cumbo@mail.utoronto.ca

 

Melanie Markovic,
GASP President

 

Special GASP Seminar - Meet the Speaker (Prof. Tim Bliss, FRS)

 

IN THE NEWS

Doctor’s Notes:  How ‘maestros of mood’ control the way you feel.

BY DRS. EVELYN LAMBE
DERYA SARGIN
University of Toronto

While we’ve long known that loneliness and social isolation can lead to lasting changes in your brain that trigger depression and social anxiety, we haven’t known how.  Like a musical symphony, it appears the key lies with the conductor.

In the brain, that conductor would be a small group of brain cells that produce the feel-good chemical serotonin.  In the Lambe lab, they’ve found that loneliness weakens these “maestros of mood”, at least in mice (human studies will follow).

Keep reading ....

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