Welcome to the Neuroscience Research Page!

As Leader of the Neuroscience Research Cluster, I am a full time basic scientist with a broad interest in neuroscience. My lab investigates the novel roles of signaling molecules and membrane receptors, such as ion channels, in the fundamental molecular and cellular mechanisms of normal and pathological brain functioning. As a representative of the Neuroscience Research Group, I will set into motion the research vision that is supported by our dedicated Neuroscience Research Cluster Executive. 

Our Research Cluster is currently comprised of 11 basic scientists, 8 clinician scientists/investigators, and over 110 graduate students and research staff. Our PI’s receive over $4M of research support from CIHR, NSERC, SHRF, College of Medicine, and Endowment Funds for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders. I hope to leverage my scientific and people leadership skills to mobilize an enhanced research intensiveness in our Neuroscience Cluster, and to facilitate research enterprise of national and international success. 

The Neuroscience Research Cluster hosts the monthly Neuroscience Research Seminar Series, Neuroscience Cluster Trainee Communication Seminar Series, Distinguished Visiting Lectureships, and our crowning annual event -- the Fall Annual Neuroscience Research Symposium, which highlights the research accomplishments of our members. As excellence in research is a core mission of the Neuroscience Research Cluster, we hope that the research discoveries in brain health and mental illnesses by a critical mass of active basic and clinical researchers will ultimately translate to the best health outcomes for our province.


Francisco S. Cayabyab
Leader, Neuroscience Research Cluster
Director of Research, Department of Surgery
Associate Professor
Department of Surgery, College of Medicine
University of Saskatchewan
Room GD30.4 Health Science Building
107 Wiggins Road
Saskatoon SK S7N 5E5

Tel: 306-966-8191
Email: frank.cayabyab@usask.ca


Neuroscience Seminar Series Presents


Robert Laprairie, PhD

Glaxo-Smith-Kline Chair in Drug Discovery and Development
College of Pharmacy and Nutrition
University of Saskatchewan
Date: January 25th, 2018
Place: Room GD-04 Health Sciences Building D-Wing
Time: 3:00 pm

“Discovery and Development of Drugs Targeting the
Endocannabinoid Receptors in the Brain”

Dr. Robert Laprairie was born and raised in Saskatoon. He worked at Agri-food and Agriculture Canada for 4 years and completed a Bachelor’s of Science in Biochemistry at the U of S. He went on to complete a Master’s in Neuroscience and Pharmacology and a Doctorate in Pharmacology at Dalhousie University, followed by a postdoctoral research fellowship at The Scripps Research Institute. He is now back home as Assistant Professor and Glaxo-Smith-Kline Research Chair in Drug Discovery and Development in the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition at the U of S. Robert’s research focuses on understanding the body’s own cannabinoid system and specifically the type 1 cannabinoid receptor. His research utilizes molecular biology, cell culture, and animal models to study your body’s cannabinoid system in an attempt to further our understanding of Cannabis as a medicine, and possibly lead to the development of new drug compounds.
Contact: Dr. Francisco S. Cayabyab, frank.cayabyab@usask.ca, 306-966-8191