Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences
Société canadienne des sciences pharmaceutiques

Young Scientist Network of CSPS

March 31, 2022 – The CSPS Young Scientist Network (YSN) is an active community of pharmaceutical scientists sharing ideas and research.  Currently, the YSN has representatives at the following universities:

University of British Columbia – Nirma Vadlamudi
University of Alberta – Malaz Yousef, Nasim Sarrami
University of Waterloo – Yannick Leandre Traoré
University of Toronto – Tiffany Ho, Jack Bufton
Memorial University of Newfoundland – Kayla Kitselman, Sunisha Aryal, Eric Mensah
Université de Montréal – Elise László
Université Laval – Amrita Dikpati
University of Saskatchewan – Amir Khajavinia
Dalhousie University 
University of Manitoba – Wenxia Luo, Olufola Ige

If you are interested in joining YSN or have any questions, please contact Jack Bufton at or  Kayla Kitselman at

Anyone who would like to join the group can find YSN on:



Young Scientist Network Pre-Symposium Event: Symposium Aperitif – Fri., May 27, 2022 @ 3:00 pm EDT

Join us and get the opportunity to meet other trainees attending the 2022 CSPS/CC-CRS Symposium and gain more understanding about the other work being presented.

Topic: YSN Event: Symposium Aperitif
Time: May 27, 2022 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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YSN Workshop: Communicating Your Science 101
Wed., May 11th at 2:00 pm EDT

The Young Scientist Network held a great workshop on communication and finding a narrative to share your science in a compelling manner. Jenni Bozec and Dr. Laurent Bozec shared some key strategies to successfully navigate the array of audiences and online platforms that you need to engage with over the course of your studies.  Thank you  both very much!


YSN Proposal Writing Workshop: Views from the Proponent and the Reviewer                                                                                          Wed., March 30th @ 2:00 pm Eastern Time

The Young Scientist Network held a Proposal Writing Workshop on Wed., March 30th at 2:00 pm ET, discussing proposal writing and heard from experts in the field.

Dr. Afsaneh Lavasanifar gave the presentation Tips on Writing Research Proposals and Mike Folinas ‘s presentation was Psychology of the Reviewer

Each speaker gave a 15 minute presentation, with a 5 – 10 minute question and answer period.

Wonderful workshop with great tips and insights shared. A huge thanks to our presenters!

YSN Expresso Networking Event
ed., February 23 @ 12:00 pm EST.

The Young Scientist Network held a networking event to provide an opportunity for trainees to meet with other young scientists and share their ideas, ask questions and help to develop the initiatives for the coming year for YSN.

Virtual Coffee and Conversation Event – “Exploring careers in pharmaceutical science
Wed., Nov 24, 2021 @ 12:00 pm EST

The Young Scientist Network was very pleased to have Christine Allen, Catherine (Cathy) Lau, Brittany Epp-Ducharme, Nancy (Yannon) Dou and Rebecca Yu join the event and share their experiences in the pharmaceutical science field providing valuable suggestions for exploring careers.

Virtual Coffee Event
 Mon., June 22 @ 5:00 pm EDT

YSN COVID-19 Researcher discussion with Dr. Volker Gerdts, Director & CEO, VIDO-InterVac and Dr. Keith Pardee, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto, Drug Development and Disease Diagnostics

Virtual Coffee Event
 Thurs., April 30, 2020

Discussion with Dr. Christine Allen regarding challenges working from home, opinions from graduate students of virtual conferences, and changes to potential job prospects for young researchers


YSN Update and Events at 2019 CSPS/CC-CRS Symposium

At the 2018 Annual Conference in Toronto, trainees had a social gathering and a meeting to initiate the Young Scientist Network (YSN).  Both were very successful and attracted a large number of trainees from across Canada.

The goal for the YSN of CSPS is to build a strong community of pharmaceutical scientists that are connected on-line through our newsletter, twitter and webinars and in person through workshops and the annual meeting.  YSN is working to ensure representation from the 10 pharmacy schools across Canada.  Each Pharmacy School will take a turn producing a monthly newsletter.

We hope that this network will bring together trainees pursuing pharmaceutical science across Canada and provide a platform where we can share success and learn from each other. Using this newsletter and our Twitter account (@CSPS_YSN) we want to share recent publications and exciting results as well as educate people about the research and projects that are taking place in the different universities.

YSN Newsletter #1 by University of Toronto – June 2018

YSN Newsletter #2 by University of Waterloo – July 2018

YSN Newsletter #3 by University of Saskatchewan – August 2018

YSN Newsletter #4 by University of Alberta – September 2018