We are excited to launch the UBC Pharm Sci Innovative Thinkers Webinar Series featuring UBC Pharm Sci researchers, faculty, and alumni as part of our alumni programming this year.
Please check back soon for details on upcoming webinars.
Reduce, Replace, Refine: Improving Animal Use in Experimental Research
Drug testing on animals has long been a contentious subject. To address animal welfare and improve outcomes, UBC Professor Abby C. Collier is leading scientific research in modelling and simulation to reduce, replace, and refine animal use in experimental research. Professor Collier is combining lab work with computer modelling to minimize animal involvement in experimentation while improving drug and chemical safety and effectiveness. Attend this webinar to learn more about the ways in which Professor Collier is working to advance pharmaceutical research for the benefit of animals, humans, and the environment.
September 27, 2023
12:00 PM–1:00 PM PT
Professor Abby C. Collier
Professor of Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics and Director Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences (BPSc) Degree Program, UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
A member of UBC’s Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences since 2013, Professor Abby C. Collier is a professor of Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics; teaches pharmacology to undergraduate, graduate, pharmacy, and medical students; maintains an active research lab; and directs the new undergraduate BPSc degree program. Her sub-specialty is drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics. She is the winner of the 2021 Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT) Award for her scientific research in modeling and simulation. Along with her collaborators, she also conducts research and publishes regularly in the fields of human and environmental toxicology and endocrinology, including prostate cancer.
Dr. Catherine Schuppli, PhD’04
Clinical Assistant Professor UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems; Clinical Veterinarian UBC Animal Care Services
Dr. Catherine Schuppli is a clinical assistant professor at the UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems and a clinical veterinarian at UBC Animal Care Services. Her research and clinical practice interests include research ethics, the relationship between humans and animals, and practical ways to improve the emotional experiences of animals involved in animal research. She has published work on attitudes of animal scientists, animal producers, and the public. She also has extensive experience and research on the governance of animals used in research. In her work, she attempts to apply research findings to improve policy and practice, and resolve conflict related to animal welfare.
Unlocking the Power of Open Science for Pharmacists and Scientists
Open science is a movement to make scientific research accessible to everyone while offering transparent sharing and engagement. It generally makes it easier to publish, access and communicate scientific knowledge. Join us to see how it can be beneficial to pharmacists and scientists alike.
November 28, 2023
12:00 PM–1:00 PM PT
Dr. Jacquelyn Cragg
Dr. Jacquelyn Cragg is an assistant professor at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Open Data Science. She is also a principal investigator at the International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD), a Michael Smith Health Research BC Scholar, and L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Rising Talent. She is the director of “Fostering Science,” a science mentorship program for youth in foster care.
Dr. Colin Ross
Colin Ross is an associate professor, and is currently the interim associate dean of research at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of British Columbia and a scientist at BC Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Ross’s expertise spans pharmacogenetics, genomics, drug development, drug safety, adverse drug reactions, predictive genetics, and genetic/clinical factors of drug response. Ross Lab researchers investigate the genetic basis of disease and severe adverse drug reactions using genomics-guided precision medicine approaches to help make drugs safer, improve disease diagnosis, and develop new, targeted therapeutics.
Dr. Ross’s research capitalizes upon national and international collaborations with clinicians, researchers and industry partners. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Canadian Pharmacogenomics Network for Drug Safety (CPNDS), a nation-wide collaborative network of researchers. He currently holds a leadership role on the network’s executive steering committee.
Dr. Ross has been the recipient of a number of awards, including a Scholar Award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, a New Investigator award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, a Champions of Genetics Award from the Canadian Gene Cure Foundation, the Boehringer-Ingelheim Award in Pharmacology Research from the Canadian Society of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, and the Excellence in Research Award from the American Society of Gene Therapy.
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Uprooting and Decolonizing Pharmacy
Join us for an enlightening speaker event that will delve into the journey of two distinguished UBC alumni and their team, UPROOT, from the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Drs. Jason Min and Larry Leung are non-Indigenous educators who have had the privilege of collaborating with Indigenous communities across British Columbia in the decolonization and Indigenization of pharmacy education and practice. Over a decade of dedication, the UPROOT team has built a deep foundation of collaborative and productive partnerships, with a focus on reciprocity. Their efforts have led to many significant changes in pharmacy, including the creation of both mandatory and elective courses on Indigenous health and cultural safety in pharmacy.
This webinar will feature the following learning objectives:
- Discuss the western and colonial constructs within pharmacy.
- Describe what decolonization looks like in pharmacy education and practice.
- Share a Two-eyed Seeing approach to decolonization and lessons learned.
Tuesday, January 23, 2024
12:00–1:00 PM PT
Dr. Jason Min
Jason is an Associate Professor of Teaching at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UBC. Jason's commitment to educational scholarship finds its foundation within the PharmD curriculum, with a primary focus on critical domains such as decolonizing and Indigenizing curriculum, interprofessional education, and health informatics.
His approach is firmly grounded in principles of respect, ethics, and community-based methodologies. Jason currently serves as the co-principal investigator for a Vancouver Foundation grant titled "Uprooting Pharmacy: A Two-Eyed Seeing Path for Change," a project that seeks to reimagine Indigenous pharmacy.
Dr. Larry Leung
Larry is an Associate Professor of Teaching at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Columbia. Larry's commitment to the field extends beyond the classroom. He possesses a profound dedication to collaborative efforts with colleagues and external partners, focusing on the vital work of decolonizing and Indigenizing pharmacy education.
Currently, Larry serves as the principal investigator for a Canadian Foundation of Pharmacy’s Innovation Fund titled “We are Medicine for Each Other.”
Nadine Gerhardt is the Indigenous strategic initiatives manager in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Nadine is Dene from Fort Simpson, NWT. Nadine completed a BA in psychology at the University of Alberta. She joined Pharmaceutical Sciences in May 2023 and is honoured to have the opportunity to help Indigenous pharmacy students with their journey. Nadine loves to run and hike in North Vancouver. If she is not out running, she is at home with her dog Rory.
Non-invasive Methods of Cancer Detection and Monitoring
Cancer is among the leading causes of death worldwide and impacts society on a large scale. By 2040, the number of new cancer cases per year is expected to rise to 29.5 million and the number of cancer-related deaths to 16.4 million. Dr. Karla Williams' research program is focused on cancer metastasis and the development of evidence-based medicine for non-invasive methods of cancer detection and monitoring. Attend to learn about the research taking place in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Wednesday, February 14, 2024
12:00 PM–1:00 PM PT
Dr. Karla Williams
Canada Research Chair in Oncology
Associate Professor, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Dr. Karla Williams' research program is focused on cancer metastasis and the development of evidence-based medicine for non-invasive methods of cancer detection and monitoring. Dr. Williams studies the cellular and molecular mechanisms driving tumor cell metastasis and is exploring the use of extracellular vesicles to help detect and diagnose cancer. The overall goal of Dr. Williams’ research is to enhance our understanding of tumor cell metastasis, identify and validate potential therapeutic targets, and develop non-invasive biomarker-based tests to improve the clinical management of cancer.
Dr. Larry Lynd
Professor and Dean pro tem, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Professor and Dean pro tem Larry Lynd is a pharmacist, epidemiologist, and health outcomes researcher. He completed his PhD in the Department of Health Care and Epidemiology at UBC and his postdoctoral fellowship in health economics at McMaster University. Dr. Lynd has served as associate dean, research; professor and director of the Collaboration for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE) at the UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences; at the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcomes Sciences at the Providence Health Research Institute; scholar at the Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies; and associate of the UBC School of Population and Public Health.