Pharmacology and Toxicology

Pharmacology Graduate Students Association (PGSA)

Welcome! We are the Pharmacology Graduate Students’ Association (PGSA). We are a student-run association that organizes philanthropic, research-related, and social events throughout the year. Our events are a great way to connect with graduate students and faculty within the department.

We host a number of events each year including our annual Pharmaology BBQ, student-faculty softball game, student-faculty debate, philanthropic drives and the Visions in Pharmacology (VIP) annual research day. We also organize pub nights, games nights, escape room excursions, tickets to sport games, and other events.

Visions in Pharmacology (VIP): VIP is our largest event, which features a keynote speech from a prominent pharmacologist and gives students the opportunity to present their work to the department, with awards to the best presentations. Please see our list of past VIP keynote speakers:

  • 1995        John Polanyi2015 PGSA President Shirley Poon with VIP Keynote Speaker Dr. Linda DwoskinS Poon & L Dwoskin
  • 1996        Daniel Nebert
  • 1997        Lee Limbird
  • 1998        Frank Gonzalez
  • 1999        Ferid Murad
  • 2000        Marc Caron
  • 2001        Karen Duff
  • 2002        Ronald Estabrook
  • 2003        Donald Ingram
  • 2004        Etienne-Emile Baulieu
  • 2005        Lee Limbird    
  • 2006        Richard Weinshilboum           
  • 2007        Edward Morgan
  • 2008        Michael Salter     
  • 2009        Christopher Bradfield           
  • 2010        Sue Piper Duckles
  • 2011        Richard Aster 
  • 2012        Roger Sunahara
  • 2013        Henry Kranzler           
  • 2014        J. Steven Leeder
  • 2015        Linda Dwoskin​
  • 2016        Terry Kenakin
  • 2017       Peter Van Loo
  • 2018       Edyth London   

PGSA Christmas Shoebox Drive:
The Christmas Shoebox drive was the philanthropic event for 2017. Donations were made to Operation Christmas Child Canada. This organization distributes shoeboxes full of goodies for children in need - within Canada and around the world - aged 2 to 14 years old during the holidays. Students and faculty were asked to donate either cash or items to fill the shoeboxes. Thanks to the outstanding contributions of our students and faculty, we raised $623 in monetary donations and many in-kind donations. Our goal was 20 shoeboxes, but we were able to pack 30 shoeboxes! Thanks to everyone for making this fundraiswer a huge success.

The following are the PGSA Executive for the 2017-18 academic year: PDF iconThe PGSA 201718.pdf (4.45 MB)
President: Melissa Russo
Vice-Presidents: Laurie Lam (Academic) ; Sophia Attwells (Finance);
Kathy Lee (Social)
Director of Philanthropy & Fundraising: Marlaina Stocco
Director of Internal: Daniela Solomon

1st Year Research-Stream Representative: Mehnaz Ahmed

1st Year Applied Clinical Pharmacology-Stream Rep: Sarah Kleiboer

2nd Year Representatives: Kevin Galido, Dana Wu
GEC Representtive: Martino Gabra
Social Representative: Daniel Shonibare
GSU Representative: Daniel Hana
Site Representative for SickKids: Tasneem Ezzy
External Representative: Celina Liu

The following are the PGSA Executive for the 2016-17 academic year:

Co-Presidents: Tim Balvers, Linlei Ye
Co-Vice-Presidents: Setauesh Yazdani, Laurie Lam
Social Director: Marigrace Goroscope
Director of Communications: Chris Adanty
Treasurer: Admad Shakeri

2nd Year Representatives: Kevin Galido, Dana Wu


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