Annual Meeting



Welcome Message

The Canadian Society of Pharmacology and Therapeutics would like to invite you, your trainees and your colleagues, to join us in Halifax from June 14-16 for our 2017 Annual Meeting. This years meeting will be held at Dalhousie University in the brand new Collaborative Health Education Building.

The 2017 Scientific Program has been a collaborative effort by members of our Scientific Program Committee and features a diverse range of scientific sessions addressing such issues as Pharmacology and Therapeutics of Cannabinoids, Targets for the Treatment of CNS Diseases, Precision Medicine, Nanomedicine and Optimizing Drug Therapy in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding. Information presented in the sessions will ensure attendees are well informed of new developments in these areas of interest.

In an effort to encourage attendance from trainees, a number of trainee focussed sessions will also be a part of our program. These sessions include: a clinical trainee continuing education course, oral and rapid fire presentations and a networking and roundtable discussion. A limited number of travel bursaries will also be available to help support trainee travel. 

We invite you to register and submit an abstract below.  A summary of important conference information is available here, with more detailed information outlined below. We look forward to seeing you in Halifax!




Registration is now OPEN


Registration rates:                 


Early Bird Registration 
(before May 15)

3-Day Pkg

Regular Registration 
(after May 15)

3-Day Pkg

Early Bird Registration 
(before May 15)

1-Day Pkg

Regular Registration 
(after May 15)

1-Day Pkg


Continuing Education Course Dinner Ticket
Regular member $400 $450 $200 $225 $200 $65
Trainee member $200
$100 $125 $200 $65

Emeritus member 

$200 $250 $100 $125 $200 $65
Regular non-member* $500 $550 $250 $275
Trainee non-member* ~$250 ~$300 $125 $150
*optional free membership included


NOTE: When registering, registration rates for members are only available for those who have paid their 2017 dues. Are your dues overdue? No problem, pay your membership fees today (here). Please allow 3 business days for our staff to process your renewal/membership application, following which you may register at the discounted rate.




Abstract Submission

Abstract Submission is now OPEN

Conference registrants are invited to submit an abstract for presentation as a poster to be displayed on June 14 and 15. 

From trainee submissions, a small number of trainees will be selected to give an oral (approximately 10-minute) presentation. Trainees whose abstracts are not selected for the long oral presentation will have the opportunity to present their work as a poster and/or a short Rapid Fire (3- minute) oral presentation. 

Please Note: Trainee Awards will be available ONLY to those who are CSPT members in good standing. Not currently a CSPT member? No problem. JOIN TODAY!


Submission Guidelines: Abstract submissions should fall within the scope of basic and/or clinical pharmacology. All CSPT abstract submissions should be no more than 250 words and structured to include background, objectives, methods, results, conclusions and 3-5 keywords. Abstracts should be submitted using the Abstract Submission Form and e-mailed to Randee Holmes at

Are you a trainee? Don't forget to submit your Travel Bursary Application along with your abstract submission. Check out our Travel Bursary section below for more information!

You will be notified about your abstract acceptance in early April.

Click here to download your Abstract Submission form.




Our Scientific Program Committee has worked hard to put together a program that meets both the needs and interests of all attendees.  

Highlights Include:

  • Cannabinoids and Cannabinoid Receptors
  • Precision Medicine
  • CNS Disease
  • Nanomedicine
  • Practical Pharmacology
  • Therapeutics in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
  • Trainee presentations, awards, networking opportunities and MORE....

For a PDF version of our Program Summary, click here.

To view our full Agenda including dates, click here




For your convenience, group rates have be negotiated at both The Lord Nelson hotel, the Four Points by Sheraton Halifax  and Dalhousie Residence for the evenings of June 12-15. 

The Lord Nelson 

The Lord Nelson hotel is located 0.6 km from Dalhousie University. Group rates for Classic rooms are 199.00/night (plus applicable taxes). All guest rooms include complimentary high speed internet, local calls and 1-800 and calling card access.

To book your room, please phone 902-423-5130 , 1-800-565-202 or e-mail and provide Group ID 37176. 

OR to book online, click here.

Group rates are only available until May 5, so don't delay! 


Four Points by Sheraton Halifax 

The Sheraton hotel is located 1.4 km from Dalhousie University. Group rates are 175.00/night (plus applicable taxes).

To book your room, please phone 1-866-444-9494 and indicate Canadian Society of Pharmacology and Therapeutics as your Event Name.

OR to book online, click here.

Group rates are only available until April 30, so don't delay!


Dalhousie Residence

Looking for budget friendly accommodation? Book a room at the Dalhousie Residence! A limited number of traditional-style residence rooms in Shirreff Hall will be available. Centrally located in the city, private single and double rooms include single beds, shared washrooms, wireless internet, overnight parking (subject to availability) and daily access to the Dalplex fitness facility.

To book your room, please phone 902-494-8840  OR 1-855-DAL-STAY and indicate Canadian Society of Pharmacology and Therapeutics as your Group Name.

OR to book online, click here and use Promotion Code: CSPT17


CSPT Dinner

Join us for our CSPT Dinner on the evening of Thursday June 15.

We welcome all CSPT members, friends and family (19 years+) to join us for socializing, celebration and general fun as we gather to eat, drink and be merry. This is a time to catch up with old friends, make new ones and hear what's new in the field from our colleagues across the country at the Tap Room at the Lower Deck. You'll enjoy appetizers, a delicious three-course dinner including one complimentary beverage  and the opportunity to WIN an Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Camera door prize!

Don't delay! Tickets are limited so secure yours before they are gone. You will have the option of purchasing dinner tickets at the time of registration. Did you forgot to buy your tickets and have already registered? No problem, you can purchase dinner tickets separately here.



Travel Bursaries

In an effort to encourage and support attendance from our younger colleagues, please note that there are opportunities for trainees to apply for a CSPT travel bursary.  Only trainees in good standing are eligible to apply. A limited number (at least 12) of bursaries will be awarded so please make sure to get your application in on time! All applications will be reviewed and successful applicants will be notified following abstract acceptance notification.


Travel Bursary Application and Reimbursement Process:

  1. Trainees must submit the Travel Bursary Application form to Randee Holmes at with their abstract submission. Late applications will not be considered.
  2. Successful candidates must submit original receipts along with the Travel Bursary Reimbursement form to Randee Holmes within 30 days of the conference end date. A mailing address will be provided. Expense claims without original receipts will not be considered. 

Click here to download your Travel Bursary Application form.

Click here to download your Travel Bursary Reimbursement form.

For more information, including eligibility criteria, please visit our Travel Bursaries page located under both the Membership and Resources tabs.



Scientific Program Committee

A big THANK-YOU to your colleagues who have volunteered their time and energy to make this event a success.

2016 Scientific Program Committee

  • Bruce Carleton (Co-Chair)
  • Brad Urquhart (Co-Chair)
  • Kerry Goralski (Local Chair)
  • Denis Dupre
  • Derek Bowie
  • Abdel Omri
  • Folefac Aminkeng  

Do you have a great idea for our next Annual Meeting program? Why not join the Scientific Program Committee! CSPT is looking for two new Scientific Program Committee members to join our team in June. Interested? Contact Randee Holmes at