Message from the President
Dear CSPT members, sponsors and guests,
I would like to extend the warmest of welcomes to our 2021 Annual Conference “Not on Mute: Let’s Talk Contemporary Pharmacology.” While COVID-19 has prevented us from holding an in-person meeting this year, we are thrilled to be offering a full virtual conference format (our first ever).
Behind the scenes the Scientific Program Committee, Education Committee, Board Members, and our Executive Director have been working tirelessly to put together an outstanding conference program while quickly getting up to speed with the online conference technology to provide a smooth and enjoyable experience for you, our conference attendees.
We begin with a pre-conference day on June 7 featuring talks from our five CSPT 2020 award winners. The full conference kicks off on June 8 with a summit on High Cost Drugs in Paediatrics. The summit will bring together key stakeholders to elaborate on the clinical value of high-cost agents and discuss collaborative strategies to ensure these drugs are made available to those children most likely to benefit. Importantly, knowing in whom these drugs are likely to cause serious harm is the subject of current research and will be further explored. All conference registrants are welcome to attend the session so please do join in for the discussion.
The conference will continue June 8 to 11 with quality scientific and education pharmacology programing. The program includes two keynote presentations and three scientific symposia: Membrane Protein Pharmacology and Druggability — Basic Mechanisms and Clinical Relevance, COVID-19 Therapeutics and Vaccines, and Developing Next-Generation Cancer Therapeutics. As per the CSPT norms, the scientific sessions are designed to appeal broadly by integrating basic and clinical pharmacology. New this year is an education-focused session that will highlight innovative methods and technology in pharmacology teaching.
Providing opportunities for active participation of trainees at the conference is of utmost importance for the CSPT. Therefore, several trainee-focused sessions will be offered. This includes a Practical Pharmacology session where the speakers, primarily clinical pharmacology residents/fellows will present clinical cases for educational purposes and lead evidence-based discussions around clinical pharmacology and therapeutics. There will be a virtual poster presentation competition with pre-recorded poster presentations and a live synchronous judging period. Additionally, there will be an oral platform presentation competition for the ten top-ranked submitted abstracts with cash awards to each of the top 2 poster and oral presenters. Also, the top trainee oral and poster presenters will each receive an additional travel award to attend EB2022 in Philadelphia to encourage and facilitate the participation of CSPT trainee members at the next annual ASPET meeting.
Recipients of the trainee presentation awards and annual CSPT research and publication awards will be formally acknowledged in an awards ceremony held on the final day of the conference. To facilitate social and networking opportunities for conference attendees, we are also planning a Career Networking session and a virtual Pharmacology Trivia event.
I would like to thank both the invited speakers for their participation and those who have taken the time to submit abstracts. I am very much looking forward to seeing as many presentations as possible. I would also like to thank all our sponsors for supporting the CSPT and making this conference possible.
With that, it is time to turn on your mics and let the science speak. I hope you enjoy the conference.
Kerry Goralski, PhD
Canadian Society of Pharmacology and Therapeutics