October 16, 2015




Dr. Graham CollingridgeI am sure that you need no reminders that the Election is upon us.  The University is keen that all its students and staff are able to exercise their right to vote. I am not able to vote, since I am not (yet) a Canadian citizen.  But I will follow the events with interest, since the outcome is likely to have a major effect on Canadian Universities.

As a member of the Canadian Association for Neuroscience (CAN) I did receive the following, which I thought was very interesting.  It’s a letter to the four major parties about their plans for the funding of research and the responses of the three parties that replied.  For those of you who are not CAN members, I thought that you might be interested in what was said.


Best regards,

Graham L. Collingridge, FRS, FMedSci, FRSB, FBPhS
Ernest B. and Leonard B. Smith Chair
Department of Physiology



~ Eligible for PSL1000H/PSL2000H Course Seminar Attendance ~

Speaker:   Dr. Robert Screaton

Institution:   Canada Research Chair in Signalling, Senior Scientist, Sunnybrook Research Institute, Department of Biochemistry, University of Toronto

Title “Functional genomics and the human pancreatic beta cell”

Date:  Thursday, October 29, 2015

Time:  4 p.m.

Location:  Medical Sciences Building, Room 2172, St. George Campus, University of Toronto

Hosts:  Endocrinology and Diabetes Research Group (EDRG)



Endowed by Dr. John K. & Mrs. Mary E. Davidson

Robert Sherwin, MD
Chief, Section of Endocrinology and Metabolism
Director, Diabetes Research Center
Yale University School of Medicine


Wednesday November 18, 2015

4:00 pm

Macleod Auditorium, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto


GASP Weekly Coffee Breaks

GASP invites all faculty, post-doctoral fellows, staff, and students to join us at our weekly coffee breaks in the MSB lunch room every Wednesday from 2-4PM. Of course, Timbits will be provided as well! Staff and students from all institutes are warmly welcomed and highly encouraged to join us, but if it's too far, be on the lookout for off campus coffee socials throughout the year where coffee and Timbits will be delivered to your institute.

Please bring a mug! Thanks! 


Annual Fall Campus Day - TOMORROW

This year’s Fall Campus Day, Saturday, October 17th, 2015 from 9:30 am – 4:00 pm.  While this event is mainly geared towards high school students, everyone is welcome to attend and get to know the campus - its class rooms, lecture halls and all the other spaces where U of T students spend their time.

Faculties will offer tours and information sessions so you can become more familiar with their unique academic programs and offerings.  Faculty, staff and students will be on hand to answer your questions and provide information on their department/faculty.

Physiology’s display will be in the Medical Sciences Building by Starbucks.  We are Table #13. 

We are expecting a large crowd on our campus for this annual event.  It’s a great way to spend a Saturday.  Drop by the Physiology table to say hello!

Further information is available at http://discover.utoronto.ca/fallcampusdays/stgeorge/