The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada has awarded our group with a training program grant as part of the NSERC CREATE program. The $1.6 million investment from NSERC will fund a collaborative training program for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, which will run 2012-2018. Highlights of the program include collaborative visits to our German partners for three to six months, and visits to industrial partners. The training takes place in the labs of the Membrane Protein Disease Research Group (MPDRG), University of Alberta.

Our Objectives

1. To train Canada’s leaders in the study of membrane proteins.
2. To develop a cohort of Canadian researchers comfortable on the world stage, with a world-view of research and world class standards for research excellence.
3. To train students to be leaders in academia, biotechnology, pharmaceutical industry or intellectual property management.
4. To foster a group of researchers with international contacts in medical research, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.
5. To enhance international cooperation in research, in particular with Germany.

Our Events

IRTG/Membrane Protein Disease Research Group holds Weekly Seminars every Thursday morning in Classroom F-2J4.02 Walter Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre. Speakers include graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, invited guest speakers (University of Alberta, National and International) and IRTG/MPDRG Principal Investigators. 

MPDRG Weekly Meeting Schedule 2016-2017

Career Development Series is a seminar series with the goal of improving the career skills and knowledge of IRTG and MPDRG trainees. These once-a-month seminars are held as Lunch & Learn sessions with light lunch provided. Career Development Series Schedule for 2016.

Membrane Protein Journal Club (Biochemistry 640)/ IRTG Journal Club is held Wednesdays in Room 4-70 MSB at 4:00 pm. The course Biochemistry 640 is a graduate course in the Department of Biochemistry. Presenters usually give a literature review of a paper that focuses on membranes or membrane proteins. Guest speakers present their own work. 

IRTG Canada/IRTG 1830 Germany Joint Symposiums are held annually in either Germany or Alberta.  The meetings are designed for investigators and student researchers from both groups to partner in discussion and research initiatives. The 5th IRTG international annual meeting 2016 took place in Edmonton on September 6-8, 2016. See the symposium agenda


Thursday, March 9, 2017

MPDRG/IRTG weekly seminar
9:00 – 10:15 AM, Classroom F – 2J4.02 WMHSC

Presentation by Rawad Lashhab from the lab of Dr. Emmanuelle Cordat, Department of Physiology, with the title: 'The Basolateral Kidney Anion Exchanger 1 Regulates Tight Junction Integrity by Interacting with Claudin-4.' See poster

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Membrane Protein Journal Club (Bioch 640)
Room 4-70 MSB, 4PM 
Qiaolin Hu with the title 'Molecular Determinants in TRPV5 Channel Assembly'. See abstract

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
1:00 – 2:30 PM 
Room KATZ 4003-4004

Career Skills Development Seminar: "Women in Science"

We will have a panel of guest speakers to facilitate the conversation: 
Dr. Lynne Postovit, Associate Professor, Dept. of Oncology, Co-director CRINA
Dr. Joanne Lemieux, Associate Professor, Dept. of Biochemistry, Associate Director MPDRG
Dr. Elaine Leslie, Associate Professor, Dept. of Physiology

Please consider attending if you are a women, or work with women, or plan on mentoring a women - in other words, this session is for all of us! Lunch will be served, please RSVP here

Thursday, March 23, 2017
PhD Candidate Seminar
Room 7-62 Medical Sciences Building, 1:00 PM  
Presentation by Vanessa Marensi from the lab of Dr. Elaine Leslie, Department of Physiology, with the title:
'Glutathione transferase P1 is post-translationally modified by palmitate'.
Friday, March 24, 2017
Guest speaker seminar
Room 7-62 Medical Sciences Building, 10:00 - 11:00 AM  
Presentation by Dr. Abby C. Collier, Associate Professor, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, UBC, hosted by Dr. Elaine Leslie: 'The Intersection of Physiological and Biochemical Development in the Human Liver: Predicting Drug and Chemical Safety in Children'

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