The Denis Crankshaw Lectureships


Each year, as part of Biology and Pharmacology course work, students from the graduating class have the opportunity to plan a lectureship. A guest speaker is invited to address topics related to Pharmacology. Students choose a speaker based on their interests and are in charge of every aspect of the lectureship from advertising to running the event itself.


  • The 12th Annual Lectureship - Drug Discovery: The Importance of Picking the Right Target

March 28th, 2019. Jason Uslaner, PhD., Executive Director, Neuroscience, Pain and Symptomatics, Merck Pharmaceuticals in WestPoint, PA

  • The 11th Annual Lectureship – β2-Adrengeric Receptor Signalling in Asthma: Persistence, Naiveté, Occam’s Razor, and Popper’s Falsification 

March 2018. Richard Bond, PhD., Professor of Pharmacology, Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, University of Houston

  • The 10th Annual Lectureship - The Diverse Clinical Applications and Mechanisms of Action of "Antipsychotic" Drugs

March 2017. Herbert Y Meltzer, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Pharmacology, and Physiology at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine

  • The 9th Annual Lectureship - Molecular Genetic and Pharmacological Approaches to Understanding nAChRs, Nicotine and their Role in Behaviour

March 10th, 2016. Marina Picciotto, PhD., Charles B.G. Murphy Professor of Psychiatry and Professor in the Child Study Center, or Neuroscience and Pharmacology; Deputy Chair for Basic Science Research, Dept. of Psychiatry, Yale University

  • The 7th Annual Lectureship - What Academics Bring to Drug Discovery

 March 5th, 2014. Richard Neubig, M.D. PhD., Chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Michigan State University

  • The 6th Annual Lectureship- Transforming Discovery into Opportunity: the Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD) Resources to Translate Academic Research to Novel Therapies

February 12, 2013. Murray Webb, Head, Pharmacology & Toxicology, The Centre for Drug Research and Development, Vancouver, British Columbia

  • The 5th Annual Lectureship - The evolution of 'efficacy' as a pharmacological concept in drug discovery

February 14, 2012. Terry Kenakin, PhD., Department of Pharmacology, University of North Carolina School of Medicine

  • The 4th Annual Lectureship - Making medicine: Why is it so difficult?

January 26, 2011. Patrick Vallance PhD., GlaxoSmithKline Inc. Vice President Medicines Discovery and Development.

  • The 3rd Annual Lectureship - Beta-blockers and beta-agonists in asthma: Unravelling a paradox?

March 4, 2010. Richard Bond PhD., Professor, Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Houston.

  • The 2nd Annual Lectureship - G-protein coupled receptors as oligomeric signalling machines; Insights into the molecular basis of drug efficacy.

January 14, 2009. Michel Bouvier PhD., Professor of Biochemistry, Institute for Reseach in Immunology and Cancer, Université de Montréal.

  • The 1st Lectureship

Guest speaker Dr. William Catterall.