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GPCR Retreat Program

Trainee Symposium II

Trainee Symposium II

Date & Time

Thursday, November 2nd / 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Title: Linking Proteinase Activated Receptor (PAR) Cleavage to Osteoarthritis (OA) Severity

About Amr Mousa

"I am currently a Ph.D. student at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University, researching the molecular mechanisms of Proteinase-Activated Receptors (PARs) in osteoarthritis. I got my Bachelor's in Pharmacy from Minia University in 2011 and began my career as a teaching and research assistant in Pharmacology and Toxicology. Later, I completed my Master's degree in Pharmacology at Minia University, focusing on hydrogen sulfide's role in hypertension-induced endothelial dysfunction.

In November 2021, I joined Dr. Ramachandran's lab as a visiting graduate student, and in September 2022, I enrolled in the direct-entry Physiology and Pharmacology Ph.D. program with a specialization in musculoskeletal health research (CMHR).

During my short academic journey, I was awarded the Young Investigator Transdisciplinary Research Award (2022-2023 and 2023-2024) from the bone and joint institute, Western University and the New Student Poster Award (2022). I also received the Scientific Excellence and Publication Award from Minia University for the years 2022 and 2023."

Amr Mousa on the web


Title: Balancing G Protein Selectivity and Efficacy in the Adenosine A2A Receptor

About Louis-Philippe Picard

"I earned my Ph.D. in Biochemistry, working under the guidance of Dr. Michel Bouvier, at the University of Montreal from 2015 to 2019. Currently, I am engaged in postdoctoral research in the laboratory of Dr. Scott Prosser. My primary research focus lies in gaining deeper insights into the structural mechanisms governing G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) and G protein activation. I employ a multidisciplinary approach that combines molecular pharmacology, biochemical assays, and biophysical techniques to unravel the intricacies of these processes."

Louis-Philippe Picard on the web


Title: Development of a Transgenic Mouse Platform for the Detection of Endogenous G protein Activity

About Remi Janicot

"After graduating as an undergrad from Ursinus College, I joined the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine to work as a lab tech in a neurophysiology lab investigating mechanisms behind pediatric epilepsy disorders. I then joined Boston University to pursue my scientific career as PhD student and joined the lab of Dr. Mikel Garcia-Marcos which investigates GPCR and G protein signaling"

Remi Janicot on the web


Title: Antibodies Expand the Scope of Angiotensin Receptor Pharmacology

About Meredith Skiba

"Meredith completed her PhD in Biological Chemistry with Janet Smith at the University of Michigan studying the biosynthesis of polyketide natural products using x-ray crystallography. She then joined Andrew Kruse’s lab for her postdoc in 2018 where she has employed protein engineering, receptor pharmacology, and structural biology to study how different types of ligands modulate angiotensin receptor signaling."

Meredith Skiba on the web

Great Lakes GPCR Retreat and Club des Récepteurs à Sept Domaines Transmembranaires du Québec

Great Lakes GPCR Retreat and Club des Récepteurs à Sept Domaines Transmembranaires du Québec

22nd GPCR Retreat Sponsored by


Canada Research Chairs
U of Ottawa
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Bristol Myers Squibb
InversAgo Pharma
Monica Seger and Family
Duke University, Dept. Cell Biology
OHRI Neurosciences Program
University of Toronto Mississauga
Domain Therapeutics NA Inc.
Otsuka Pharmaceuticals
McGill University, Dept. Pharmacol & Exp Ther
University of Toronto, Dept. of Physiology
Hotchkiss Brain Institute,University of Calgary
Université de Montréal, VP Office
Find Therapeutics
University of Toronto, Dept. Pharmacol & Toxicol
Deep Apple
University of Illinois at Chicago (Mark Rasenick)
uOttawa, VP Research Office
American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
University of Western Ontario Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Université de Sherbrooke, Dept. Pharmacology-Physiology
Research Institute McGill Univ. Health Centre
adMare Bioinnovations
Université de Montréal, Faculty of Medicine
Université de Sherbrooke, Institut de Pharmacologie
Science Signaling
Montana Molecular
uOttawa, Dept. Cellular & Molecular Medicine
uOttawa, Dept. Biochem Microbiol Immunol
uOttawa, Behavioral & Physiology Core