Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences
Société canadienne des sciences pharmaceutiques

2022 CSPS/CC-CRS Annual Symposium


The 2022 CSPS/CC-CRS Annual Symposium will be held virtually from June 1-2, 2022. Even though we will not be meeting face to face, we will continue to provide an outstanding scientific program which will include virtual participation from leading scientists and industry experts as well as poster presentations.

On June 1st, we will focus on trainees as part of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Trainee Day which will include student-focused workshops on the topics of Motivation and Careers, an inspirational lecture from the 2022 CSPS Lifetime Achievement Awardee Dr. Pieter Cullis,  and our annual Trainee Oral Poster Competition with monetary prizes for best posters!

On June 2nd, join us for our session on Driving Beyond the Pandemic: Innovation and Paradigm Shift in Regulatory Sciences as we hear from influential leaders and experts in the field of pharmaceutical science from Industry and Health Canada. Key discussions include how regulation modernization was accelerated to meet pandemic needs which evolve into adaptation of agile regulations, and its impact on future preparedness to bring preventative and curative treatments to Canadians. The goal is to create a dynamic environment for regulatory agency, industry and academia to effectively interact to ensure the future well-being of Canadians.

 Preliminary Program
 Wed., June 1, 2022 – Pharmaceutical Sciences Trainee Day 
Time (ET)TopicSpeaker
11:00 am – 12:30 pmMotivation: How to Embrace your Inner Dory and Just Keep Swimming

 This session aims to equip trainees with strategies to work with and thrive in spite of the hardships that come with graduate research.

Chair: Jack Bufton, University of Toronto

Dr. Kishor Wasan, University of British Columbia

Victoria Marshe, Columbia University Medical Center

Dr. David Sealey
Johnson & Johnson

12:30 pm– 1:00 pmBreak 
1:00 pm – 2:00 pmLecture – CSPS Lifetime Achievement Award Winner 2022Dr. Pieter Cullis, University of British Columbia
2:00 pm – 2:15 pm Break 
2:15 pm – 3:30 pmCareers: Where Can My Pharmaceutical Sciences Training Take Me?  A Discussion with Professionals from the Academic, Industry and Regulatory Sectors 

This session aims to introduce students to the vast number of career paths available to them and provide an opportunity to ask questions about the different sectors and the hiring process.

Chair: Kayla Kitselman, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Dr. Ildiko Badea, University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Lesia Babiak, Johnson and Johnson

Dr. Krishnan Tirunellai, Health Canada

Lucie Gilbert, Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada

3:30 pm – 4:00 pmBreak 
 Top Trainee Oral Poster Competition 
4:00 pm – 5:00 pmPoster Presentations 1Poster Presentations 2
5:00 pm – 5:15 pmBreak 
5:15 pm – 6:15 pmPoster Presentations 3Poster Presentations 4
6:15 pm – 6:30 pmBreak 
6:30 pm – 7:30 pmPoster Presentations 5Poster Presentations 6
7:30 pmClosing Remarks 


 Thurs., June 2, 2022 – Driving Beyond the Pandemic:  Innovation and Paradigm Shift in Regulatory Sciences 
Time (ET)TopicSpeaker
8:50 am – 9:00 amOpening Remarks and IntroductionDr. Co Pham, Executive Director, Centre for Regulatory Excellence, Statistics, and Trials, Health Products & Food Branch
9:00 am – 10:00 amCovid 19 – From detection, tracing to vaccines/therapiesHealth Products and Food Branch, Health Canada
10:00 am – 10:30 amBreak 
10:30 am – 12:30 pmNovel Covid 19 Therapies (antibodies and small molecules)

This session includes short presentations from companies (and Q & A) with novel products in treatment of Covid 19.  Chaired by Dr. Eleanor Fish

Dr. Michelle Horn,
GSK Canada

Dr. Gilly Regev
SaNOtize Research and Development Corp.

Dr. Victor Kramer,
AstraZeneca Canada 

Pfizer Canada (speaker TBC)

12:30 pm – 1:30 pmLunch 
 Regulatory Science Discussion 
1:30 pm – 2:05 pmAgile approval process for vaccines/drugsCelia Lourenco, Director General, Biologic & Radiopharmaceutical Drugs Directorate, Health Products & Food Branch
2:05 pm – 2:40 pmPharmacovigilance and post-marketing Safety monitoring


Kelly Robinson, Director General, Marketed Health Products Directorate, Health Products & Food Branch
2:40 pm – 3:15 pmBiomanufacturing – vaccines and novel therapeutics: future for Canada


Michael Rosu-Myles, Director, Centre for Biologics Evaluation, Health Products & Food Branch
3:15 pm – 3:30 pmBreak 
3:30 pm – 4:30 pmPanel Discussion led by Léo Bouthillier (with  speakers from Health Canada)


Léo Bouthillier, Director, Centre for Evaluation of Radiopharmaceuticals and Biotherapeutics, Health Products & Food Branch
4:30 pmClosing RemarksCSPS

 Call for Abstracts – NOW CLOSED!

Deadline for abstract submissions is April 1, 2022.  Are you a trainee interested in the poster awards?  See HERE for more poster award information.