Department of Physiology

April 6, 2015




~ Eligible for PSL1000H/PSL2000H Course Seminar Attendance ~

Speaker: Marek Michalak, PhD, FRSC
Institution: Distinguished University Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Alberta
Title: “Coping with endoplasmic reticulum stress in the cardiovascular system”
Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: University of Toronto, Medical Sciences Building, Room 2172
Host: Cardiovascular and Respiratory Platform

Speaker: Patrick Fuller, PhD
Institution: Assistant Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School & Department of Neurology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Title: “Targeted interrogation of forebrain networks supporting arousal”
Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: University of Toronto, Medical Sciences Building, Room 2172
Hosts: 1) Physiology Neuroscience Platform; 2) CIHR Team Research & Training Program: Sleep & Biological Rhythms Toronto; 3) Department of Cell and Systems


Mitchell A. Lazar, MD PhD
Sylvan Eisman Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
University of Pennsylvania

“Thiazolidinediones and the Promise of Insulin Sensitization for Type 2 Diabetes”

Wednesday May 13th, 2015 - 4:00 pm

JJR Macleod Auditorium, Faculty of Medicine
University of Toronto

Reception to follow – ALL WELCOME


Abstract submissions for the 35th Annual Frontiers in Physiology Research Symposium (FIP) are now open!

Frontiers in Physiology is an annual research day for the Department of Physiology; providing students and faculty from across our four independent yet collaborative platforms the opportunity to share their research. This year, FIP will be held on THURSDAY, MAY 14TH, 2015. It is strongly recommended that graduate students participate in this event.

Please follow the template and send your abstracts to: .

DEADLINE for submission is MONDAY, APRIL 20th, 2015.

Please also indicate if you are interested in presenting an oral talk (10 minutes + 5 min Q&A) or a poster presentation. Judges will review the abstracts and three students per research platform will be chosen to give an oral presentation. Cash prizes will be awarded for the top three poster presentations and the top oral presentation per platform. We are continuing last year’s initiative: The 60-Second Challenge, so please start thinking of unique ways to showcase your research in 60 seconds or less.

The 60-Second challenge. You have one minute to sell your science.
In plain language only, no jargon or slideshow presentation, tell the Department about your project in 60 seconds. Participants are encouraged to be creative; this is an informal competition. You can use props to demonstrate and showcase your ideas. Be as creative as you like: sing it, rap it, rock it, rhyme it, or just talk. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top performer. Those who are selected to participate in the 60-second challenge will receive more detailed instructions closer to the event.

We look forward to seeing you at the 35th annual FIP!

Shane Ellis & Holly Stacey
FIP Chief Organizers

FIP – Call for Judges

Dear faculty members and post-doctoral fellows of the Department of Physiology,

The 35th annual Frontiers in Physiology (FIP) Symposium is fast approaching and this year it will be held on Thursday May 14th, 2015. This event gives graduate students (as well as undergraduate students) a chance to share their research with other students and faculty members within the department. Students can present their research through a poster presentation, oral presentation or a 60-second challenge: an informal, creative, no-holds presentation (without PowerPoint slides) where students disseminate their research in 60 seconds or less.

In order to continue to encourage students to share their research at FIP every year, there are 3 prizes available to the top 3 poster presenters and top oral presenter in each platform (B.R.A.I.N., Cardiovascular & Respiratory Sciences, Endocrine & Diabetes Research Group, and Reproduction & Development). We need faculty members and post-doctoral fellows to judge these presentations, and in return, we will provide a small token of appreciation (ie. a Tim Horton’s gift card or the like.) Below is the tentative schedule for the day:

08:00 Registration/ Breakfast
09:00 Oral Block #1
10:05 BREAK (Coffee/Tea)
10:20 Keynote Lecture (Dr. Lazar)
12:00 LUNCH
12:45 Posters ALL
02:00 Oral Block #2
03:05 Break
03:20 Oral Block # 3
04:35 60 Second Challenge
05:00 Awards/Closing Remarks
05:10 Reception

NOTE: This year the oral presentations will not be categorized by platform, instead (to promote maximal participation and attendance) oral presentations will be classified by an overarching general topic (i.e. G-Protein Coupled Receptors, second messengers and cell-signaling, microscopy, in vivo animal experiments, etc.). These general topics will be decided upon once the FIP Organizing Committee has selected the abstracts for oral presentation.

Judges will be expected to critique, rank and score oral presentations in all platforms. Scoring will be based on scientific caliber, research design and presentation quality. A rubric with specific expectations, guidelines and grading schemes will be provided on the day of the event.

If you are interested in volunteering as a judge at this year’s FIP, please email uoftfip2015@gmail.comby April 20, 2015.

We are very excited about FIP 2015 and we hope you are too! Please play an active role in making FIP 2015 a memorable one by judging posters and orals. We would also like to ask that you encourage your students to partake in this day.

Warm regards,

Holly Stacey and Shane Ellis
Chief FIP Organizers
GASP Vice-Presidents