February 7, 2017
Inside This Issue
- Message from the Chair
- Honours & Awards
- Physiology Seminar Series
- News from GASP
- Special GASP Seminar – Prof. Tim Bliss, FRS
- In the News
I am delighted to share this edition of PhysioLINK with you which highlights the accomplishments and successes of our faculty and trainees.
A special thank you to this year’s GASP Executive. Their energy level and commitment to the student experience is palpable. See what they have been up to and what they have planned for the month of February. Please support their initiatives!
Graham L. Collingridge, FRS, FMedSci, FRSB, FBPhS
Ernest B. and Leonard B. Smith Chair
Department of Physiology
Congratulations to Dr. Anthony Gramolini and Dr. Howard Mount on being recognized with a 2016-17 Faculty of Medicine Graduate Teaching Award as follows:
- Dr. Gramolini – Mid-Career Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentorship Award.
- Dr. Mount - Sustained Excellence in Graduate Teaching & Mentorship Award.
The awards will be presented at the Faculty of Medicine’s Education Achievement Celebration on May 15, 2017.
Congratulations to Dr. Beverley Orser and her team on being recognized by the 2017 Peter Dresel Award from the Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University for “contributions to the basic science understanding of anesthetics and their clinical use”. The award will be presented at the 2017 Canadian Society of Pharmacology and Therapeutics (CSPT) conference in Halifax in June, 2017.
~ Eligible for PSL1000H/PSL2000H Course Seminar Attendance ~
GASP has had a successful start to 2017 (see pictures below). Let's keep the momentum going. Join us for our February activities:
TRANSITIONING FROM GRAD SCHOOL TO INDUSTRY, WITH BENCHSCI
WHERE: MSB Rm 3227
WHEN: Tuesday, February 7th, 6- 7pm
FREE food will be provided.
OFF CAMPUS COFFEE BREAK
WHERE: Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research
WHEN: Thursday, February 9th at 3 pm
Join us for FREE Coffee and Timbits. Stay tuned for more info.
DJ SKATE NIGHT
WHERE: Harbourfront Centre
WHEN: Saturday, February 11th, 7:30pm. A group will be leaving from MSB at 7pm.
COST: Skate rentals are $10 for 2 hours.
HoCho and snacks will be provided!
RSVP to Melanie email@example.com and indicate if you will travel with us, or meet us there.
WHERE: Bar+ (360 Yonge St.)
WHEN: Friday, February 24th at 7 pm
COST: $5 for PSL students and $7 for non-PSL students
RSVP to Scott: firstname.lastname@example.org
Doctor’s Notes: How ‘maestros of mood’ control the way you feel.
BY DRS. EVELYN LAMBE
University of Toronto
While we’ve long known that loneliness and social isolation can lead to lasting changes in your brain that trigger depression and social anxiety, we haven’t known how. Like a musical symphony, it appears the key lies with the conductor.
In the brain, that conductor would be a small group of brain cells that produce the feel-good chemical serotonin. In the Lambe lab, they’ve found that loneliness weakens these “maestros of mood”, at least in mice (human studies will follow).
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