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PhD / MSc Students

Graduate students interested in applying to the MSc or PhD programs must register through the Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics OR Food & Human Nutritional Sciences at the University of Manitoba. More information on applying can be found online at their Departmental websites:


Creating Opportunity by Promoting Research Excellence

The Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics is dedicated to training highly-qualified, adaptable graduate students and fellows poised to meet the growing worldwide demand for basic science and clinical pharmacologists. We are fully aware that competing for the most desirable career positions, whether academic or industrial, requires a competitive research record. We are all about creating opportunity, and that is why we are committed to excellence in research by actively teaching and encouraging innovation, technical diversity, collaboration and rigorous scientific integrity…all aimed at driving publication of high-impact pharmacological research and generation of intellectual property.

Multi-disciplinary Training

Research in the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics encompasses a diverse range of pharmacology sub-disciplines and thus facilitates exposure of trainees to a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics Graduate Training Program. Our research takes an integrative approach where cell culture, organ and whole animal studies are combined to address complex issues related to drug action and disease. Trainees have opportunities to specialize their research activities to an area of choice, or may tailor a research program toward achieving well-rounded expertise. Regardless of the research area, a tremendous strength of the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics is the availability of a wide range of technical approaches for achieving research goals. Molecular and cellular approaches are employed readily by investigators as useful research tools, but we also realize the growing scientific importance and career marketability of being able to test theories in organs and in the whole living organism. Several investigators in the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics offer unique opportunities to trainees by utilizing intact organ and/or whole animal pharmacological models to probe mechanisms of disease and novel pharmacological treatments.

Diverse Research Areas

The Department currently houses robust research programs in Cardiovascular Pharmacology, Liver and Endocrine Pharmacology, Neuropharmacology, Drug Metabolism and Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Manitoba Medical Campus, and a specialized research program in the Neuropharmacology of Neurodegenerative Disorders at St. Boniface Hospital Research. Detailed descriptions of research programs can be found on individual faculty pages. The following are links to general descriptions and current topics of research areas represented in the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics:

In addition, individual laboratories are focused on making discoveries that translate to new drug development in specialized areas of pharmacology, including lipid pharmacology, toxicology, cancer pharmacology, asthma pharmacology, nutraceuticals, and muscle regeneration. Contact us to find out more.