Connecting with community:

National gathering of Elders

This fall, Elders travelled to Winnipeg from across the country to discuss issues of importance to First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities.

College of Pharmacy students helped support the September 9 event with on-site pharmacy services including blood pressure checks as well as information on healthy lifestyles, influenza and influenza vaccine and diabetes.

Thank-you to third-year students Heather Carney, Amy Todoruk, David Fuss, Kathleen Klippenstein and Justine Reyes as well as fourth-year students Jenna Villarba, Deanna Flaten and Lani Kotyrba for participating in this important outreach event.


College of Pharmacy students and staff visit Norway House Cree Nation

In June 2019, students and staff from the College of Pharmacy visited Norway House Cree Nation to share information on the profession with prospective students.

Ron Eros, director of experiential education and Kelly Drummond, coordinator of experiential education, gave a short presentation followed by insights from current PharmD student Emily Czaplinski to encourage students and community members to consider pharmacy and other health care discipline opportunities for their future careers. The event was rounded out with one-on-one conversations with high school students and community members interested in careers in health care.


National research team targets glioblastoma

The research involves a diverse team of investigators from the U of M—including Ted Lakowski from pharmacy, as well as Donald Miller, Thomas Klonisch (human anatomy & cell science), Marshall Pitz (Research Institute of Oncology and Hematology).

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Getting personal         

The motivations for Dr. Kaarina Kowalec’s research are both professional and personal.

Kowalec, a new assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy, chose a research path focused on multiple sclerosis (MS) and psychiatric illnesses in part because her mother has MS, and others in her life have had mental health issues.

“It’s important to understand who these people are, what they live with on a regular basis and how we can improve their quality of life,” she says.

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The College of Pharmacy would like to welcome following new additions to our faculty and staff:

• Robyn Holliday is the new experiential education assistant.

• Bastian Goonewardena is filling the role of laboratory technician at the college.

• Dr. Joseph (Chris) Delaney is joining as associate professor.

• Dr. Dake Qi joins the college as assistant professor.

• Ms. Divna Calic is an Instructor I at the college.


Farewell to Paula Cordova, laboratory technician.


Welcome back to Dr. Jamie Falk, assistant professor, back from research/study leave (RSL) as Dr. Yuewen Gong, Professor, begins his RSL.


Pharmacy gold medallist credits support system for achievement

Mackenzie Murray graduated with the gold medal for the highest standing in the College of Pharmacy Class of 2019 at spring convocation. Murray also received the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba gold medal for highest standing in the second, third and fourth years of the program, the Mark Rose Memorial Book Prize and the Abraham Schwartz Prize.

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International study furthers student research

PhD student Danielle Lee spent the 2019 winter term abroad in Be'er Sheva, Israel studying cannabinoids.

Working under Dr. Yoram Etzion, who holds a Research Without Borders Grant with College of Pharmacy’s Associate Dean of Research, Dr. Hope Anderson, Danielle spent four months at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. While there she learned a technique that controls the pace of a beating rodent heart, which models atrial fibrillation. Using this process, she perfused hearts with the synthetic cannabinoid, CB-13, which the lab at the University of Manitoba (and St. Boniface Research Centre) has shown to have anti-hypertrophic effects in neonatal rat cardiomyocytes.


U of M pharmacy students stand out at national awards banquet

Three students from the College of Pharmacy in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences were recently recognized for their achievements at the Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada (AFPC) Awards Banquet on June 12 in Edmonton.

Notably, four out of the seven awards presented went to University of Manitoba students, with one U of M student receiving two awards.

Dr. Lalitha Raman-Wilms, dean of the College of Pharmacy, said she is proud to see the graduate students being recognized nationally through these awards.

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College of Pharmacy students shine at international conference in Philadelphia

There was strong representation from the College of Pharmacy at the 35th International Conference on Pharmacoepidemiology and Therapeutic Risk Management (Philadelphia, PA, USA, August 24-28, 2019).  Students and faculty members participated in 10 presentations at the event. Pictured here are the College of Pharmacy’s members of the PharmacoEpidemiology Group (PEG) at the Academic Showcase.

Graduate student, Amani Hamad (pictured here with Dr. Vincent Lo Re, Chair of the Scientific Program Committee of the 35th International Society of Pharmacoepidemiology) received the prestigious Stanley A. Edlavitch Award for Best Abstract. 



Research experience worth its weight in gold

For Tushar Upreti, being a summer research student in the College of Pharmacy was a golden opportunity.

“I love science,” said the third-year student with an infectious smile. “I could have spent my summer on a beach somewhere, but that would get boring really fast.”

As part of summer research program, Upreti and 17 other undergraduate pharmacy students took the opportunity to soak up plenty of information and data, partnering with College of Pharmacy faculty members on a wide area of studies.

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Welcome to the profession

On Thursday, May 23, 47 students were welcomed to the profession of pharmacy at a ceremony held at Calvary Temple. Congratulations to all!


We welcome our new students to the graduate program

The College of Pharmacy welcomes the following graduate students to the college for the fall 2019 term:

• Noushin Ahmadpour

• Alekhya  Lavu

• Walid Shouman

• Uma Yakandawala

• Najmeh Dalvand

• Liujun Chen

• Yiheng Huang


Class of 1969 50th reunion

Saturday, October 26, 2019

The College of Pharmacy's Class of 1969 will be reuniting to celebrate their 50th anniversary in October.


College of Pharmacy leadership series

Monday, October 28, 2019 - 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The College of Pharmacy, in partnership with the James W. Burns Leadership Institute at the University of Manitoba, is pleased to introduce the inaugural Pharmacy Leadership Series for students for the 2019/2020 academic year.

The second seminar of the series is entitled, Leading Self and Others: The Power of Collaboration for Leadership in Pharmacy.

This event is open to all pharmacy students. Registration is required - to register, please email


Pharmacy graduate studies reception

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 – Apotex Centre

An event in recognition of the College of Pharmacy’s graduate students. This special gathering will feature 2019 Faiman Lecture invited guest speaker Dr. Bruce Carleton. Stay tuned for further details!