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 Pharmacology 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 sports 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 and 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   
  • 2019   Laura Bohn

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 fundraiser a huge success.

2019-2020 PGSA Executive

President: Martino Gabra
Vice-Presidents: William Gao (Academic); Kathy Lee (Finance);
Deeba Ensan (Social)
Director of Internal: Alison Jee
Director of External: Daniel Lee
Director of Philanthropy: Marlaina Stocco

GEC Representative: Alec Langlois
GSU Representative: Hyunjin Jeong
Site Representatives: Celina Liu (Sunnybrook); Kelly Kim (Sunnybrook); Ambuja Banerjee (Mt Sinai)
Social Representatives: Daniel Li, Gilberto Li Feng
Academic Support Representatives: Alaa Alsaafin; Erin Sellars
1st Year Representatives: Setayesh Yazdani; Jonathan Chow
Secretary: Keyue Chen

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