President’s Message: Fall 2019
Fall is an exciting time. Universities are abuzz as we welcome the new cohorts of eager and ambitious students on their educational, research and professional journeys. I fondly reflect back to September 1995 when I became a pharmacology graduate student. I was at the University of Manitoba with Dr. Dan Sitar researching mechanisms of renal tubule drug transport. I was completely fascinated by the discipline of pharmacology and with uncovering the mechanisms of drug elimination by the kidney. While I was unsure what lay ahead, completing an advanced degree in pharmacology was the best choice I could have made.
Over the past 24 years, pharmacology has taken me on a fascinating journey of scientific discovery. During that time I have been fortunate to work and share my passion for pharmacology with many superb and inspiring mentors, researchers, clinicians and, now, my own students. Best of all, today I find myself in the role of the President of the CSPT, where I can serve the society and its members, which is really important to me.
Becoming involved in the CSPT has been instrumental in my career development and I believe it can do the same for you. If you have a passion for pharmacology (regardless of your career stage) I encourage you to support the discipline of Canadian Pharmacology by becoming involved and staying involved in the CSPT.
There are many exciting developments on the horizon for the CSPT. In 2020 we are looking forward to hosting our annual scientific meeting from June 10 to 12 in Ottawa, Ontario, with a preconference pharmacogenomics course on June 9. We have plans to expand our member programing and benefits through our new chapter affiliation with the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET).
As President of the CSPT I invite you to peruse our website or contact us directly to learn more about our scientific and educational programing, research and travel awards and committee and society governance volunteer opportunities.
All the best for the 2019/2020 year.
Kerry Goralski, PhD
President, Canadian Society of Pharmacology and Therapeutics