Research Day

Every year, the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences gathers together to celebrate and showcase pharmacy research accomplishments at the University of Alberta. Undergraduate and graduate research is presented by students, awards and recognition are given to those who excel in their field, and colleagues and alumni from across the industry gather with us at special events to celebrate.

Join us this year on November 28, 2019 to learn more about Cannabis in Research.

Dr. Jason Dyck, PhD

Keynote speaker, Dr. Jason Dyck, is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, the Director of the Cardiovascular Research Centre, and a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Molecular Medicine at the University of Alberta. He is also the co-director of the Alberta HEART, which is a province-wide program aimed at understanding and treating diastolic heart failure. Dr. Dyck's research interests encompass understanding the molecular regulation of energy metabolism in a variety of chronic diseases including obesity, insulin resistance, hypertension, cardiac hypertrophy, ischemia/reperfusion injury, diabetic cardiomyopathy and chemotherapy-induced cardiotoxicity. In recent years Dr. Dyck has become widely interested in the impact of cannabis on health outcomes, focusing on how cannabis consumption influences specific patient populations as well as health care delivery. In addition, Dr. Dyck is leading research initiatives to understand whether hemp-derived cannabidiol produces have a routine role in clinical pain recovery management in athletes (e.g. mixed martial artists).

Dr. Dyck will be presenting the keynote talk at Research Day 2019, entitled "Medical Cannabis: What do we really know?".


Dr. Pippa Hawley, B. Med, FRCPC (PM)

Guest panel speaker, Dr. Pippa Hawley, completed Internal Medicine training in New Zealand in 1986 after completing medical school and internship in England. She moved to Vancouver to work with Julio Montaner in HIV research, then completed Canadian Internal Medicine certification in Vancouver, including a 2-year self-directed Palliative Medicine fellowship. In 1997, she set up the Pain and Symptom Management/Palliative Care Program for the BC Cancer Agency and remains its medical leader. She is the first accredited Royal College Palliative Medicine specialist in BC, under Founder status. Dr. Hawley is a Clinical Professor in the UBC Department of Medicine and is the Head of the UBC Division of Palliative Care.

Dr. Hawley has research interests in many areas of supportive and palliative care, including the assessment and management of opioid-induced constipation, management of severe cancer pain with lidocaine infusions, methadone for analgesia, and the integration of palliative care into oncology. She is currently working on a study protocol looking at the effects of medicinal cannabis extracts for cancer-related symptoms.

Dr. Hawley will be the featured panelist in the Research Day 2019 Panel Discussion, entitled "Medical Cannabis Research: A Patient-Centred Approach".