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CPIN Research Day 2021 will take place virtually on
Wednesday, June 30, starting at 12:00PM noon.

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Jonathan Dostrovsky Award in Neuroscience


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CPIN Research Day Speakers: 

  Marla SokolowskiDr. Marla B. Sokolowski is a University Professor at the University of Toronto in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She is an award-winning, internationally-renowned behaviour geneticist whose ground breaking research has permanently changed the way we frame questions about individual differences in behaviour. Her comprehensive, multidisciplinary analyses of gene‐environment interactions have been instrumental in refuting longstanding ideas of genetic determinism. Professor Sokolowski’s foundational discoveries in the fruit fly and other diverse animal systems — including humans — continue to shape fundamental concepts in behavioural evolution, genetic pleiotropy, and plasticity.

She has well over 200 publications, 250 invited lectures and has supervised over 20 postdoctoral fellows and 40 graduate students. She has received Distinguished Visiting Professorships in the US and Europe where she contributes regularly to graduate education. She became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1998, a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair from 2001-2015 and a Fellow of Massey College in 2004. She received the Genetics Society of Canada’s Award of Excellence in 2007 and became a senior fellow of CIFAR in 2013.  She was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 by the RSC. In 2014 she received the Distinguished Investigator Award from the International Behaviour and Neurogenetics Society and was also awarded a University Professorship by University of Toronto. She was the Weston Fellow co-director of CIFARs Child and Brain Development Programme from 2008-2019. She directed the Life Sciences Division of the Academy of Sciences of the RSC from 2009-2012. In 2020 she was awarded the RSC’s Flavelle Medal for research in the biological sciences.
        Dr. WuDr. Xiao Yu (Shirley) Wu is a full professor in advanced pharmaceutics and drug delivery. She was trained in polymer science and engineering and earned her PhD degree in Chemical Engineering at McMaster University with a thesis on polyelectrolytes and stimulus-responsive nanohydrogels. After over two-year postdoctoral research in pharmaceutics and drug delivery at the University of Toronto, she joined the Faculty of Pharmacy in 1994 and progressed to Full Professor in 2006. Dr. Wu has directed a highly innovative and interdisciplinary research program and is an internationally recognized expert and leader in controlled release dosage forms and novel drug delivery strategies and systems. She has played a leading role in teaching pharmaceutics and drug delivery at both graduate and undergraduate levels and provided excellent multidisciplinary training in polymeric materials, pharmaceutics, drug delivery and drug development to ~170 graduate, undergraduate and postdoctoral researchers in her laboratory.

Dr. Wu has published ~180 journal papers and book chapters, and ~300 conference proceedings and abstracts, and delivered ~130 invited presentations. She is a co-inventor of 30 issued or pending patent applications worldwide.  She is a three-time recipient of Connaught Innovation Award of the University of Toronto. She has also received a number of national and international awards including Astra Pharma-AFPC New Investigator Research Award (1999), elected Fellow of American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) (2014), AFPC-Pfizer Research Career Award (2016), and Killam Research Fellowship (2019-2021) 


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