Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences
Société canadienne des sciences pharmaceutiques

2022 CSPS Awards and Poster Awards

The 2022 CSPS Awards and Poster Awards were announced on Thurs., June 23, 2022 at the CSPS Annual General Meeting (AGM). The Society would like to congratulate all of the awardees and wish them continued success in their pharmaceutical sciences research.




CSPS Lifetime Achievement Award
Presented in 2022 to Dr. Pieter Cullis, PhD, FRSC, FNAI (USA), OC, Director, Nanomedicines Research Group, Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of British Columbia.

CSPS Award of Leadership in Pharmaceutical Sciences 2022 – This award is bestowed upon an individual who has demonstrated leadership in advancing the cause of pharmaceutical research and development in Canada

Dr. Raimar Löbenberg, PhD, FCSPS, Director, Drug Development and Innovation Centre, Professor, Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Alberta

CSPS Early Career Award 2022 – This award recognizes the outstanding research achievements and contributions of pharmaceutical scientists, working in Canadian academia, industry, government or research institutes, in their first seven years following their graduation from a doctorate program.

Dr. Simon Wisnovsky, PhD, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Columbia

Gattefossé Award in Lipid-Based Drug DeliveryRecognizing outstanding research in pharmaceutical sciences by a graduate student for his/her work demonstrating progress in the field of Lipid-Based Drug Delivery (LBDD)

Chuying Feng, University of Waterloo


CSPS National Undergraduate Student Research Program Awards 2022
Undergraduate pharmacy student award winners from participating Pharmacy Schools across Canada. Congratulations to the following students:

Akshita Chandok (University of Alberta) A Survey of Canadian Pharmacists’ Knowledge and Comfort in the Management of Epilepsy and Antiepileptic Drugs

Idaylia Swanson (University of British Columbia) Building Community-based Medication Practices for a Self-Governing Remote Indigenous Community 

Meagan London (Dalhousie University) Evaluation and clinical impact of a pharmacist-led, interdisciplinary service focusing on education, monitoring, and toxicity management of immune checkpoint inhibitors

Olivia Perry (Memorial University of Newfoundland) Quantification of Neurovasculature Changes in a Post-Hemorrhagic Stroke Animal-Model

Abdul Salama (University of Saskatchewan) Optimization and characterization of chitosan-coated polymeric nanoparticles for sustained oral release of the immunosuppressant drug mycophenolate mofetil

Vivien Trinh (University of Toronto) – Ethanol-initiated oxidative DNA damage in Brca1 knockout mice

Lauren Dayes (University of Waterloo) – Association between COVID-19 and mental health and coping responses of family/friend caregivers of residents in assisted living in Alberta and British Columbia




Antoine A. Noujaim Award of Excellence – sponsored by the University of Alberta Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences ($1,000) – Mukta Moni (University of Manitoba) – Pharmacological Blocking of Interleukin-1ß Signaling Pathway Reduces Amyloid-Induced ß-Cell Toxicity in Human Islets

Drug Delivery Award – sponsored by Drs. Kishor and Ellen Wasan ($1,000) – Malaz Yousef (University of Alberta) In-vitro Model to Forecast the Lymphatic Uptake/Inhibition of Drugs via Chylomicrons

CSPS Memorial Poster Award 2022 – sponsored by CSPS ($600) – Hamdah Al Nebaihi (University of Alberta) Pharmacokinetics of cycloheximide in rats and evaluation of its effect as a blocker of intestinal lymph absorption

Trainee Poster Award – sponsored by CSPS ($600) – Saniya Alwani (University of Saskatchewan) Smart nanodiamonds as carriers for gene therapy: Introducing pH sensitivity in carrier design to modulate intracellular gene transfer by diamoplexes

Trainee Poster Award – sponsored by CC-CRS ($250) – Parnian Mehinrad (University of Alberta) Repurposing Pyronaridine as a novel inhibitor of heterodimeric ERCC1-XPF DNA endonuclease complex for targeted sensitization of colorectal cancer to platinum-based chemotherapeutics

Trainee Poster Award – sponsored by CC-CRS ($250) – Amrita Dikpati (Université Laval) Ensuring safety of polymeric nanoparticles via biodegradation and elimination studies

Trainee Poster Award – sponsored by CSPS ($300) – Jade Gauvin (Université de Montréal Investigating the anti-atherosclerotic effects of a cyclic azapeptide, MPE-298, ligand of CD36/SR-B2 in hypercholesterolemic apolipoprotein E-deficient mice

Trainee Poster Award – sponsored by CSPS ($300) – Vishal Sangha (University of Toronto) Protective Effects of Pyrroloquinoline Quinone in Folate-Deficient Glial Cells

Undergraduate Trainee Poster Award – sponsored by CSPS ($200) – Olivia Perry (Memorial University of Newfoundland) Quantification of Neurovasculature Changes in a Post-Hemorrhagic Stroke Animal-Model

Congratulations to all the awardees!