Games Night Round 2

Come in and unthaw from the snowy weather with your friends in Pharmtox — our second Games Night of the semester is happening next week. Join us for board games and get warm and toasty with some hot chocolate and other delicious snacks. Unlike our previous games night, we won’t have an academic seminar beforehand, so it’ll be a full night of play. Hope to see you guys all there!

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DATE AND TIME: Thursday, November 20 2014 – 6:00-9:00PM
RSVP on Facebook

302/376 Study Session, Academic Seminar, Games Night

Don’t forget about our events this week! Just a quick reminder about our study session and games night on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively.

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DATE AND TIME: Tuesday, October 7, 2014 – 2:00-4:00PM
INFO on Facebook

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DATE AND TIME: Thursday, October 9, 2014 – 5:00-8:00PM
RSVP on Facebook!

2014-2015 PTSA Exec Team

With our Fall General Meeting over, we’ve ratified our constitution change and elected our new 2014-2015 co-VP, Linlei Ye! This, in addition to our second year PHOXIE orientation, has solidified our exec roster for this year:

Co-Presidents: Jenny Chen and Sophia Attwells
Vice Presidents: Thomas Fung and Linlei Ye
Treasurer: Craig Madho
Secretary: Harveena Bariar
Social Director: Alice Huang
Communications Director: Mable Chan
2nd Year Reps: Cherry Lin and Marta Haniszewski

You can find out more about us here, and have a look see at what your execs look like so you can recognize us on campus! We’re always here to help if you have any concerns; we’re very friendly, of course.

Our new team looks forward to representing our students of the PTSA and bringing some awesome events to you this year!

Peer Mentee Applications

Hello everybody!

We are opening applications for mentees for the Peer Mentorship Program for the 2014-2015 year. You can read a detailed description of what this program offers you on our site.

If you are interested in becoming a mentee in this amazing program, fill out this application here. If you have any questions about the program or would like to know more, feel free to email us at

The deadline for applications is 11:59pm on Friday, October 3rd.

PHOXIE 2014 – September 18

Don’t forget to come out to our second year welcome orientation! Grab some food and some new friends, and meet with some of our department’s professors! You’ll also be able to elect or run for second year representative on our PTSA exec council (open up our September Events tab for election rules and details). Last but not least, mentee applications for our PTSA mentorship program will also open!

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DATE AND TIME: Thursday, September 18 – 3:00-5:00PM
LOCATION: Hart House South Dining Room

Peer Mentor Applications

Hello everyone,

Hope you’ve all enjoyed your summer! The PTSA was already busy planning ahead this summer and would like to introduce to you one of their biggest projects – PTSA Peer Mentorship.

After a successful inaugural year, we are delighted to continue this year-long program and incorporate a few additional elements in hopes of improving it further for the second year. The Peer Mentorship program pairs upper year students (3rd and 4th years), who are our mentors, enrolled in Pharmacology & Toxicology with second year students, our mentees, new to the program. Mentors are given the opportunity to share their experience and knowledge on how they navigated through the Pharmacology & Toxicology program and the larger University in general. They will also participate in workshops aimed at improving the skill set needed to be a great mentor. Of course, there will also be social events for mingling and in hopes of creating a close community within the Mentorship program.

Sound great? We’re opening applications for Peer Mentors for the 2014-2015 year! Read this document to check out some details. If you are interested in becoming a Mentor in this amazing program, please send in your resume to as well as fill out a Google Docs application.

The deadline for applications will be Friday, September 12th 2014 at 11:59pm.
If you have any questions, feel free to email

Summer BBQ with the PTSA

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DATE AND TIME: Thursday, August 7 – 4:00-6:00PM
LOCATION: UTSU Lawn (near Hart House)
RSVP on Facebook!

Hey everyone! We’re having a nice BBQ next week to start off the last month of summer break. Join us any time between 4 to 6 to grab a freshly grilled bite to eat. RSVP on Facebook so we can make sure we have food for everyone.

PTSA Course Guide – WIN a $20 Gift Card!

Hey guys!

We hope you’re all having a great summer!

Course selection days are fast approaching, and it can be tricky knowing what to expect from a course based on the Calendar descriptions. This year, the PTSA is releasing an updated Course Commentary/PCL Survival Guide. Please click here and answer a short survey designed to obtain tips on how to do well in PCL courses and enter for a chance to win a $20 Eaton Centre gift card.

The responses from this survey will be published on the PTSA website. The PTSA would greatly appreciate responses from upper year/graduated students as these tips will greatly benefit current and future students in PCL courses.

The PTSA aims to have the Course Commentary available online by July 11, 2014, and would greatly appreciate it if you would respond to this survey a.s.a.p. The raffle winners will be announced on July 9, 2014.


Our new 2014-2015 exec team!

Hey all!
We’re pleased to announce your Pharmacology & Toxicology Students’ Association Executive Team of 2014-2015!

  • Co-Presidents: Jenny Chen and Sophia Attwells
  • Vice Presidents: Michelle Lai and Thomas Fung
  • Treasurer: Craig Madho
  • Secretary: Harveena Rauly
  • Director of Communications: Mable Chan
  • Director of Social Events: Alice Huang

Congratulations to the new team, and thank you to all of you for the wonderful past year! We hope you enjoyed all the events we held and we wish you the best in your exams!
Sincerely (and for the last time ♥),
PTSA Executive Team

Reminder! General Elections and Pub Night this week!

Just a reminder to everyone on the last week of school – our general elections and end-of-year pub night are this Thursday! All the locations and times have been confirmed, so be sure to come out. If you are interested in running for a PTSA executive position, note that the All Candidates Meeting is tomorrow at 6pm in MSB2394.

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DATE AND TIME: Thursday, April 3 – 5:00-6:30PM elections + 6:30-10:00PM pub night
LOCATION: MSB3163 for elections, O’Gradys (171 College St) for pub night
RSVP on Facebook!


Another year has passed and it’s time for general elections for the new PTSA exec team! The General Elections Information page has been updated with this year’s dates and the link to the new Co-President Nomination Form for those who wish to run for co-presidency. If you are interested in running for any of the eight positions on the exec council, please click the link! In addition to attending elections to give your speech, you need to participate in the All Candidates Meeting beforehand, so save the date. Locations are TBA.

We look forward to seeing you all in the following weeks! Also, if you are unaware, Pub night will be held right after the PTSA elections on April 3rd. Beer will be provided by the PTSA.

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DATE AND TIME: Thursday, April 3 – 6:00-10:00PM for pub night
LOCATION: TBA for elections, O’Gradys (171 College St) for pub night

Hoodies, Games, and an Academic Seminar

EDIT on March 9th: There have been some slight changes to the hoodie sale and seminar times – sorry! Check below to see the updated dates.

Hey everyone! We’ve got an exciting week ahead of us starting on the 10th. We’re having a week of hoodie sales for our wonderful PTSA hoodies (as you can see on the site header). We’ll be coming to your classes so you can buy them with less hassle than picking it up from us some other time. Just make sure to bring your $40 dollars! The dates and locations for the sales are:

  • Monday, March 10: MSB3163 at 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Wednesday, March 12: MSB3171 at 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Thursday, March 13: MSB2158 at 11:00 am – 11:30 am
  • Thursday, March 13: MSB3163 at 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
  • See the pictures on this site or join the Facebook event

Also on Thursday, is our academic seminar and games night for this semester. We’ll be having our guest, Dr. Ameer Taha, give a brief 50 minute talk about his research:

Dr. Ameer Taha is currently a visiting fellow at the NIH and an adjunct assistant professor at the Kinesiology Department of the University of Waterloo. Prior to joining NIH, he was the scientific director of Certo Labs Inc., where he developed Certo’s high throughput technology platform for extracting antibiotics, pesticides and nutrients from food samples. He obtained his PhD from the department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Toronto. His past research focused on pharmacotherapy using omega-3 fatty acids in epilepsy. At NIH, Dr. Taha has been studying the role of brain fatty acid metabolism in neurodegenerative disorders.

Then we’ll get to have some fun for the rest of the night with some board games – food and snacks included! Games night will have an exclusive photobooth session for you and your friends to make some photographic memories.

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DATE AND TIME: Thursday, March 13, 5:00-9:00pm
LOCATION: MSB4227 (5:00-6:30PM, speaker begins at 5:30pm, Academic Seminar) and MSB3163 (6:30-9:00PM, Games Night)