Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences
Société canadienne des sciences pharmaceutiques

Young Scientist Network of CSPS

March 23, 2021 – 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 – Yuejian Liu, Nirma Vadlamudi, Sogand Asarnia, Qurrat Ul Ain
University of Alberta – Daniela Amaral Silva, Nasim Sarrami
University of Waterloo – Yannick Leandre Traoré
University of Toronto – Lucy Wang, Brittany Epp-Ducharme
Memorial University of Newfoundland – Kayla Kitselman, Sunisha Aryal
Université de Montréal – Jakub Qazi
Université Laval – Amrita Dikpati
University of Saskatchewan – Amir Khajavinia
Dalhousie University – Thomas Huynh, Mariah Greene
University of Manitoba – Wenxia Luo, Olufola Ige

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

Anyone who would like to join the group can find YSN on Facebook as the CSPS Young Scientist Network ( ) or on Twitter @CSPS_YSN.


Monthly Topic for Twitter:

YSN will be having a topic monthly that any of the representatives can post relevant information from their universities about for discussion via Twitter. For the month of June the topic is COVID-19!

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.

NEW TIME – Virtual Coffee Event – Mon., June 22 @ 5:00 pm EDT – via Zoom

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


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

Join the Young Scientist Network!

Twitter account (@CSPS_YSN)

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