Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences
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Research Program Award Recipients

Previous Recipients

GSK / CSPS National Undergraduate Student Research Program Awards

Each Canadian Pharmacy School will receive one award worth $1,250 (Canadian dollars) in order to select an undergraduate pharmacy summer student to present his/her research project findings at the Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences Annual Meeting.

The funded student must complete a “hypothesis testing” research project and have had an abstract submitted and accepted to the previous Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences Annual Meeting. Projects in all disciplines of Pharmacy (Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmaceutics, Pharmacology, Pharmacy Practice and Clinical Pharmacy) are eligible.


2019
Sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline

Jadin Chahade, University of Alberta
Skeletal Muscle Ketone Body Metabolism Regulates Glycemia During Experimental Obesity

Jamie Park, University of British Columbia
Smartphone Apps Targeting Medication Adherence: Content Analysis of User Reviews

Joonho (Jimmy) Lee, Dalhousie University
Jadomycin B and S Prevent the Formation of Mammospheres Originating from Breast Cancer Stem Cells

Patricia Poulin, Université Laval
Evaluation of Dalteparin and Enoxaparin Accumulation in Renal Impaired Patients

Nicole Head, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Potential Protective Effects of Sea Cucumber Extract in Animals with Ethanol-Induced Dysfunction

Jean-Alexandre Caissy, Université de Montréal
Characterization of the Effects of SUMOylation on the Orphan Nuclear Receptor Nur77

Anna Maria Smolyakova, University of Saskatchewan
Characterization and Modulation of the Type 1 Cannabinoid Receptor in a Rat Model of Absence Epilepsy

Constantine Georgiou, University of Toronto
Characterizing the Upregulation of Reduced Folate Carrier (RFC) by Vitamin D Receptor at the Blood-Brain Barrier

Naushin Hooda, University of Waterloo
Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting (CINV) in Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Patients Undergoing FOLFOX Chemotherapy: A Retrospective Chart Review Comparing Two Ontario Hospitals


2018

Sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline

Jonathon Thomson, University of Alberta
Supervisor: Dr. Cheryl Sadowski
Needs Assessment and Online Program for Physiotherapists in Alberta Regarding Physical Function and Drugs

Anne Nguyen, University of British Columbia
Supervisor: Dr. Shyh-Dar Li
Modulating Physiochemical Properties of a Small Peptide Drug by Chemical Conjugation

Kelsey Mann, Dalhousie University
Supervisors: JR Manderville and Heather Neville
Nocturnal Hypoglycemia Associated with Bedtime Insulin Mixture Administration in Hospitalized Patients

Rachel Ward, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Supervisor: John Weber
Potential Neuroprotective Effects of Wild Blueberries: A Pilot Study 

Francis Lefebvre, Université de Montréal
Supervisor: Marc Servant
Investigating the Role of the IKKβ Protein Kinase in Vascular Remodeling Events

Grace Cuddihy, University of Saskatchewan
Supervisor: Kishor Wasan
Cytotoxicity Profiles of Lanthanide Compounds within Human Kidney (HEK-293), Liver (HEPG2), and Osteoblast (HOb) Cells in addition to Murine Pre-osteoclast (RAW 264.7) Cells

Wendy Siu, University of Toronto
Supervisor: Carolyn Cummins
Examining the Cholesterol Synthetic Pathway in the Search for New Druggable Targets for Glioblastoma

Stephanie De Jong, University of Waterloo
Supervisor: Praveen Nekkar Rao
Effect of Female Sex Hormones and Their Derivatives on Amyloid Beta Aggregation


2017
Sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline

Pawan Gill, University of Alberta
Supervisor: Dr. Lisa Guirguis
Developing Tools to Help Pharmacists Take Action with Asthma

Jovan Gill, University of British Columbia
Supervisor: Dr. Urs Hafeli
Investigation of the Potential Application of Rhenium in Diagnostic X-Ray Imaging

Camille Thibault, Université Laval
Supervisor: Dr. Chantale Simard
Is Exposure to Cigarette Smoke Influencing NAFLD-induced Modulation of Drug Metabolism?

Lyndon Walker, University of Manitoba
Supervisor: Dr. Emmanuel Ho
Mathematical Prediction of Hydrophilic Chemotherapeutic Elution Kinetics from a Reservoir Polyurethane Intravaginal Ring Fabricated by Fused Deposition Modeling 3D Printing

Catherine Grandy, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Supervisor: Dr. John Weber
The Effect of Antioxidant-rich Newfoundland Wildberry Extracts on Neuroinflammation

Valérie Long, Université de Montréal
Supervisor: Dr. Céline Fiset
Increased Heart Rate in Pregnant Mice is Associated with Changes in Sinoatrial Node Calcium Homeostasis

Kayla Wharton, University of Saskatchewan
Supervisor: Dr. Ildiko Badea
Development of Radiolabeled Antibody-Targeted Gemini Nanoparticles for Melanoma

Steven Choi, University of Toronto
Supervisor: Dr. Reina Bendayan
Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor Gamma (PPAR-γ): Potential Therapeutic Target in HIV-1 Associated Brain Inflammation and Excitotoxicity


2016
Sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline

Amanda Leong, University of Alberta
Supervisor: Dr. Mark Makowsky
An Evaluation of the Quality of iPhone Applications for Hypertension Self-Management

Madelaine Bell, University of British Columbia
Supervisor: Mark Harrison
How is Uncertainty in Risks and Benefits Presented in Patient Decision Support Interventions? A Review

Sara Rehan, Dalhousie University
Supervisor: Dr. Ingrid Sketris
Co-prescription of Antipsychotic and Antiparkinson Medications: Adherence to Guidelines and the STOPP (Screening Tool of Older Persons’ Potentially Inappropriate Prescriptions) Criteria in Beneficiaries of the Nova Scotia Seniors’ Pharmacare Program

Carolanne Gélinas, Laval University
Supervisor: Dr. Chantale Simard
Altered Cardiac Protein Expression of CYP2j in Mouse Models of Type I and Type II Diabetes

Karam Al-Bayati, University of Manitoba
Supervisor: Dr. Emmanuel Ho
Development of Antibody-modified Chitosan Nanoparticles for the Targeted Delivery of siRNA across the Blood-brain Barrier as a Strategy for Inhibiting HIV Replication in Astrocytes

Scott Unruh, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Supervisor: Dr. John Weber
Determination of Polyphenolic Content and Antioxidant Capacity of Wild Newfoundland Berries

Meghanne Rieder, University of Saskatchewan
Supervisors: Kishor and Ellen Wasan
Lanthanide Compounds for the Treatment of Bone Density Disorders

Ying (Marc) Li, University of Toronto
Supervisor: Dr. Reina Bendayan
Characterization of Low Affinity Folate Transporters at the Blood-Brain Barrier

Paul Malik, University of Waterloo
Supervisor: Andrea Edginton
Using Population PBPK Modelling to Explore Variability in Trastuzumab Pharmacokinetics


2015
Sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline

Kamran Bahadorani, University of Alberta
Supervisor: Dr. Kamaljit Kaur
Identification of Target Receptor Protein for P160-based Cancer

Miao Yan (Marilyn) Sun, University of British Columbia
Supervisor: Dr. Tara Leah Klassen
Novel Missense Mutations in SCN1B as a Cause of Pediatric Epilepsy

Matthew Ladda, Dalhousie University
Supervisor: Dr. Kerry Goralski
Jadomycins B, S, and F are Aurora B Kinase Inhibitors and are Cytotoxic to Multiple Breast Cancer Subtypes

Audrey Blais-Boilard, Universite Laval
Supervisor: Dr Chantale Simard
Altered Hepatic Protein Expression of CYP2c and CYP4a in Mouse Models of Type I and Type II Diabetes

Jessica Adria, University of Manitoba
Supervisor: Dr. Emmanuel Ho
Targeted Brain Delivery of siRNA using Dual-antibody Modified Chitosan Nanoparticles

Matthew Hamlyn, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Supervisors: Justin Peddle and Laurie Twells
Medication use After Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy: One Year Results from the Newfoundland and Labrador Bariatric Surgery Cohort Study

Nour Ghazal, Universite de Montreal
Supervisor: Dr. Gregoire Leclair
Mimicking the Cholera Toxin to Enhance the Intestinal Absorption of Poorly Permeable Drugs

Matthew Walliser, University of Saskatchewan
Supervisor: Dr. Azita Haddadi
Novel Anti-Cancer Compounds for Cervical Cancer

Theodora Bruun, University of Toronto
Supervisor: Dr. Reina Bendayan
Regulation of Folate Permeability at the Blood Brain Barrier


2014
Sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline

Howe-Ming Yu, University of Alberta
Supervisor: Dr. Kamaljit Kaur
Using Peptides to Synthesize Cancer Targeting Compounds

Riley Walsh, University of British Columbia
Supervisor: Dr. Kishor Wasan
Efficacy of an Oral and Tropically Stable Lipid-based Formulation of Amphotericin B (iCo-010) in an Experimental Mouse Model of Systemic Candidiasis

Andre Pollmann, Dalhousie University
Supervisor: Dr. Andrea Murphy
In Search of the Optimal Strategy for Sedative Discontinuation: A Literature Review

Jessica Virgili, Universite Laval
Supervisor: Dr Frédéric Calon
Effect of Glycine on Cognitive Functions of 3xTg-AD Mice

Amanda Li, University of Manitoba
Supervisor: Dr. Emmanuel Ho
Fabrication and Characterization of a Segmented Reservoir Intravaginal Ring Device for Controlled Release of Hydroxychloroquine

Kaetan Waghmare, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Supervisor: Dr. Noriko Daneshtalab
The Effect of Advanced Age and Inflammation in Inducing Stroke in Hypertensive Situations

Caitlin Strugari, University of Saskatchewan
Supervisor: Dr. Ildiko Badea
Cyclodextrin-based Nanoparticles Overcome Drug Resistance to Antimelanoma Drug

Arman Zereshkian, University of Toronto
Supervisor: Dr. Raymond Reilly
Effect of Human Polynucleotide Kinase/Phosphatase Inhibitor on Survival of Acute Myeloid Leukemia Cells Bearing the Leukemia Stem Cell Phenotype CD123+/CD131- Following Exposure to External Gamma Irradiation or Auger Electron

Sarah Johnson, University of Waterloo
Supervisor: Dr. Nancy Waite
Pharmacy Students-As-Immunizers: A Scoping and Jurisdictional Review


2013
Sponsored by  GlaxoSmithKline

Darlene Korn, University of Alberta
Supervisor: Dr. Mark Makowsky
An Evaluation of Hypertension Self-management Applications for the iPhone

Andrea Wan, University of British Columbia
Supervisor:  Dr. Brian Rodrigues
Endothelial Heparanase Secretion Induced by High Glucose Amplifies Fatty Acid Delivery to the Cardiomyocyte

Matthew Morrison, Dalhousie University
Supervisor:  Dr Kerry Goralski
Quantifying Dabigatran Etexilate Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics in Hemodialysis Patients

Alicia Dash, University of Manitoba
Supervisor:  Dr. Emmanuel Ho
Development and Characterization of a Novel Intravaginal Nanomedicine for the Targeted Delivery of Saquinavir to CD4+ T-Cells

Nelson Pearce, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Supervisor:  Dr. Noriko Daneshtalab
Multi-Disease Animal Model for Examining the Relationship Between Stroke and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Kaiyu Yang, University of Toronto
Supervisor: Dr. Raymond Reilly
111 In Labeled Gold Nanoparticles Conjugated to Trastuzumab (111In-Au-T) Selectively Target HER-2 Overexpressed Breast Cancer Cells and Cause DNA Double Strand Breaks


2012
Sponsored by  GlaxoSmithKline

Christopher Chen, University of Alberta
Supervisor: Dr. Kamaljit Kaur
Using Peptides to Create Cancer Targeting Compounds

Kathryn Landry, Dalhousie University
Supervisor:  Dr. Kerry Goralski
Effect of a Surgery-induced Inflammatory Response on the Brain Distribution of Morphine and its Glucuronidated Metabolites

Jordan Nash, University of Manitoba
Supervisor: Dr. Gaik-Lean Chee
Chemical Reactivity and Biological Activity of Dihydro-1,4-dithiin Tetraoxides

Stephanie Hewitt, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Supervisor: Dr. John Weber
Analyzing the Potential Neuroprotective Effects of Antioxidants

Arwa El-Housseini, Université de Montréal
Supervisor: Grégoire Leclair
Nanonized Nystatin: From In Vitro Activity to In Vivo Efficacy Evaluation

Heather Duerksen, University of Saskatchewan
Supervisor: Ildiko Badea
Novel Cyclodextrin-based Nanoparticles Engineered for the Treatment of Skin Cancers

Chonguk Allan Choi, University of Toronto
Supervisor: Dr. Linda MacKeigan
Psychometric Analysis of the Multiple Mini-Interview as an Admissions Tool for the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy

Muffadal Shamshuddin, University of British Columbia
Supervisor: Dr. Peter Soja
Carrageenan-Induced Hyperalgesia is Associated with Cortal EEG Slowing


2011
Sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline


Deidre Clark
, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Supervisor:  Dr. Deborah Kelly
Determining Patient Attitudes Regarding the Role of the Pharmacist

Anita Cumbleton, University of Alberta
Supervisor:  Dr. Lisa Guirguis
Pharmacists’ Integration of Practice Care Tools for Assessment and Documentation into Routine Patient Care

Catherine Julien, Université Laval
Supervisor:  Dr. Paul Poirier
Prevalence, Awareness, Treatment and Control of Hypertension and Associated Risk Factors within the PURE-Quebec Cohort

Soriya Kvann, Université de Montréal
Supervisor:  Dr. Daniel Levesque
Effects of TNF-a Gene Knockout on Basal and Antipsychotic-induced Nur77 Expression in the Mouse Brain

Yatong Li, University of Toronto
Supervisor:  Dr. Sandy Pang
Effects of Vitamin D Analogs on Cyp7a1, the Rate-Limiting Enzyme in Cholesterol Metabolism

Jonathan Melong, Dalhousie University
Supervisor:  Dr. David Jakeman
Design of New Antibiotics by Attenuating Cell Wall Biosynthesis through Inhibition of the L rhamnose Biosynthetic Pathway in Streptococcus Pneumonia

Calvin Poon, University of Waterloo
Supervisor:  Dr. Roger Cheng and Dr. Sylvia Hyland
Medication Incidents Involving Psychotropic Drugs:  An Aggregate Analysis

Lindsay Usher, University of Saskatchewan
Supervisor:  Dr. Anas El-Aneed
Single Stage and Tandem Mass Spectrometric Analysis of Novel Antineoplastic Curcumin Analogs

Ian Wong, University of British Columbia
Supervisor:  Dr. Kishor Wasan
Dietary Supplementation with Phytosterol and Ascorbic Acid Reduces Mass Accumulation in High Fat-fed Mice


2010
Sponsored by Merck-Frosst Canada Ltd.

Elissa Aeng, University of British Columbia
Supervisor:  Dr.Helen Burt
Micellar Paclitaxel and Docetaxel for Intravesical Bladder Cancer Therapy

David Nguyen, University of Manitoba
Supervisor:  Dr. Frank Burczynski
Cellular Antioxidant Effect of Ditiazem and Silymarin

Sarai Hamodat, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Supervisor:  Dr. John Weber
Analyzing the Potential Neuroprotective Effects of Native Newfoundland and Labrador Berries

Corey Ramer, University of Alberta
Supervisor:  Dr. Paul Jurasz
A Novel Anti-Angiogenesis Mechanism of Angiostatin: Inhibition of Endothelial Cell MMP-2 Production

Jenna McNeil, Dalhousie University
Supervisor:  Dr. Kerry Goralski
Characterization of P-glycoprotein Transport in a Novel Human Proximal Tubule Cell Line

Lindsay Wong, University of Toronto
Supervisor:  Dr.Suzanne Cadarette
Confounding in Pharmacoepidemiologic Studies of Fracture Risk

Katherine Lang, University of Saskatchewan
Supervisor:  Dr. Anas El-Aneed
Qualitative Investigation of Barriers to Accessing Health Services by Injection Drug Users in Saskatoon Health Region


2009
Sponsored by Merck-Frosst Canada Ltd.

Joshua Buse, University of Saskatchewan
Supervisor:  Dr. Anas El-Aneed
Similarities and Differences in the Mass Spectrometric Fragmentation Patterns of a Series of Novel Gemini Surfactants Used in Non-Viral Gene Delivery

Trevor Elton, University of Alberta
Supervisors:  Dr. Mark Makowsky & Dr. Ross Tsuyuki
Differences in Prevalence and Treatment Patterns of Lower Extremity Peripheral Arterial Disease in Urban and Rural Communities in Alberta (epiPAD)

Anthony Gador, University of British Columbia
Supervisor:  Dr. Kathleen McLeod
Role of INOS and Reactive Oxygen Species in Activation of HroA/Rho Kinase Pathway in Diabetic Cardiomyopathy

Jesse Goldmacher, University of Toronto
Supervisor:  Dr. Carolyn Cummins
Investigating Insulin and Glucocorticoid Signaling in LXR-Deficient Mice

Michael Prout, University of Manitoba
Supervisor:  Dr. Mike Namaka
An Interim Analysis:  The Role of Superantigen Producing Staphylococcus Aureaus in the Etimology of Multiple Sclerosis

Thomas Veinot, Dalhousie University
Supervisor:  Dr. David Jakeman
Structural Elucidation of Drug Metabolites and Identifiying New Antibiotics Using Mass Spectrometry Unit


2008
Sponsored by Merck-Frosst Canada Ltd.

Travis Featherstone, University of Alberta
Supervisor: Dr. Scot Simpson
Characterizing Use of Acetylsalicylic Acid Within a Long Term Nursing Home Facility

Christine Leong, University of Manitoba
Supervisor: Dr. Mike Namaka
Nasal Colonization of Staphylaococcus aureus in Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis Patients

Leslie Leung, University of British Columbia
Supervisor: Dr. Ujendra Kumar
Regulation of the Membrane Expression of Somatostatin Receptor Subtypes (SSTR 1 to 5) Under Tamoxifen and Estradiol Treatment and the Effect of Oxidative Stress on the Cell-death Pathway in Human Breast Cancer Cells

Alexandre Meunier, University of Toronto
Supervisor: Dr. Stephane Angers
Characterization of FLJ10324: A Novel Protein Connecting Heterotrimeric and Small G Proteins

Jason Wentzell, Dalhousie University
Supervisor: Dr. David Jakeman
Cloning and Characterization of the Metabolic Genes Involved in the Biosynthesis of L-digitoxose


2007
Sponsored by Merck-Frosst Canada Ltd.

Ali-Reza Merali, University of British Columbia
Supervisor: Dr. Kishor M. Wasan
Effect of Risperidone on the Plasma and Lipoprotein Distribution of Clozapine following Co-Incubation within Normolipidemic and Hypertriglyceridemic Human Plasmas

Naureen Sheikh, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Supervisor:  Dr. Husam Younes
Novel Photocrosslinked Poly (alkylene tartarate) Biodegradable Elastomers: Synthesis, Characterization and in vitro Release Studies

Robert Hardy, University of Manitoba
Supervisor:  Dr. Xiaochen Gu
Effect of Polyethylene Oxide (PEP) Content and Drug Solubility on Polymer Swelling and Drug Dissolution

Lillian Lim, University of Alberta
Supervisor:  Dr. Mavanur R.Suresh
Characterization of Monoclonal Antibodies Against Sars-Coronavirus Nucleocapside Protein for Diagnostic Applications

Lindsay Lord, Dalhousie University
Supervisors: Dr. Anne Marie Whelan and Dr. Tannis Jurgens
Evaluating the Quality of Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs) Examining the Effectiveness of Natural Health Products (NHPs): A Systematic Review of Critical Appraisal Instruments

Shazia Syed, University of Toronto
Supervisor:  Dr. Usoa Busto
Clinical and Genetic Characterization of Co-morbid Populations: Pathological Gambling with Substance Use Disorders

Francois Duhamel, Universite de Montreal
Supervisor:  Dr. Jean-Francois Bouchard
Cannabinoids: New Modulators of Synaptogenesis

Marilou Grenier, Laval University
Supervisor:  Dr Roxane Pouliot
Bioengineered Skin: Optimization and Characterization of an In Vitro Skin Model


2006
Sponsored by Merck-Frosst Canada Ltd.


Framin Mark
, 2nd Year Pharmacy, University of British Columbia
Supervisor: Dr. Urs Hafeli
Toxicity Measurement of Magnetic Nanoparticles

Jeremy Reid, 2nd Year Pharmacy, Memorial University
Supervisor: Dr. Husam Younes
Mechanistic Release Study of Water Soluble Drugs from Hydrophobic / Amphiphilic Elastomeric Matrices

Aneri Gupta, 2nd Year Pharmacy, University of Manitoba
Supervisor: Dr. Mike Namaka
The Role of Superantigen-Producing Staphylococcus aureus in the Etiology of Multiple Sclerosis

Jany Zhang, 2nd Year Pharmacy, University of Alberta
Supervisor: Dr. Mavanur R.Suresh
Dendritic Cell Targeting of MUC-1 Breast Cancer Peptide Expressed on Bacterial Surface

Taryn Reid, 3rd Year Pharmacy, Dalhousie University
Supervisor: Dr. David Jakeman
Growth, Extraction and Isolation of Novel Jadomycins

Jaklin Iskander, 3rd Year Pharmacy, University of Toronto
Supervisor: Dr. Heather Boon
Natural Health Products: Is There Evidence for Safety and Efficacy?

Jason Jobse, 2nd Year Pharmacy, University of Saskatchewan
Supervisor: Dr. Jane Alcorn
The Effect of the Flaxseed Lignan, Secoisolariciresinol Diglucoside, on Triglyceride Levels in a Hypertriglyceridemic Rat Model

Marilou Grenier, 2nd Year Pharmacy, Laval University
Supervisor: Dr Roxane Pouliot
Effet de l’acide rétinoïque sur l’hyperprolifération et la différenciation cellulaire des kératinocytes psoriasiques


2005
Sponsored by Merck-Frosst Canada Ltd.


Framin Mark
, 1st Year, University of British Columbia
Supervisor: Dr. Urs Hafeli
Toxicity Measurement of Magnetic Nanoparticles

Jeremy Reid, 1st Year, Memorial University
Supervisor: Dr. Husam Younes
Mechanistic release study of water soluble drugs from hydrophobic/amphiphilic elastomeric matrices

Aneri Gupta, 1st Year, University of Manitoba
Supervisor: Dr. Mike Namaka
The Role of Superantigen-Producing Staphylococcus aureus in the Etiology of Multiple Sclerosis

Jany Zhang, 1st Year, University of Alberta
Supervisor: Dr. Mavanur R. Sures
Dendritic Cell Targeting of MUC-1 Breast Cancer Peptide Expressed on Bacterial Surface

Taryn Thompson, 2nd Year, Dalhousie University
Supervisor: Dr. David Jakeman
Novel Jadomycins based on non-natural amino acids

Jaklin Iskander, 2nd Year, University of Toronto
Supervisor: Dr. Heather Boon
Natural Health Products: Is There Evidence for Safety and Efficacy?

Erin Carla Fiege, 3rd Year, University of Saskatchewan
Supervisor: Dr. Jian Yang
Kinetic study of Pentachlorophenol (PCP) Hydroxylase.

Guylaine Ricard, 1st Year, Laval University
Supervisor: Dr. Benoit Drolet
Le role modulateur du diabete dans la pharmacologie et al pharmacocinetique cardiovasculaire