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R. Andrew R. Tasker

  • B.Sc. (hons), Queen's University, 1978
  • M.Sc., Queen's University, 1981
  • Ph.D., Queen's University, 1985
Professor of Pharmacology & Director, Atlantic Centre for Comparative Biomedical Research
Biomedical Sciences
Veterinary Medicine
(902) 566-0662
Research Interests: 
  • Behavioural Neuroscience and Neuropharmacology
  • Use both behavioural and molecular approaches in laboratory animals to study both normal and abnormal brain function in relation to neurological disease including epilepsy and stroke
  • Development of clinically-relevant animal models of neurologic dysfunction
  • Development of new therapeutic approaches to both neuroprotetction and rehabilitation 
Zahra Fatehi-Hassanabad and R. Andrew Tasker.  Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ (PPAR-γ) activation confers functional neuroprotection in global ischemia.   Neurotoxicity Research 19: 462-471 (2011)
D.A. Gill, J.F. Bastlund, W.P. Watson, C.L. Ryan, D.S. Reynolds and R.A. Tasker.  Neonatal exposure to low-dose domoic acid lowers seizure threshold in adult rats.  Neuroscience 169: 1789-99 (2010)
R.A. Tasker, A.L. Adams-Marriott and C.A. Shaw.  New animal models of progressive neurodegeneration: tools for identifying targets in predictive diagnostics and presymptomatic treatment.  EPMA J. 1: 217-28 (2010)
D.A. Gill, S.L. Ramsay and R.A. Tasker.   Selective reductions in subpopulations of GABAergic neurons in a developmental rat model of epilepsy.  Brain Research 1331: 114-123 (2010)(includes cover illustration)
H-S Sun*, T.A. Doucette*, Y Liu*, M. Aarts, C.L. Ryan, P.B. Bernard, A. Lau, L. Teves, M.W. Salter, Y. Wang**, R.A. Tasker** and M. Tymianski**.  Long-term efficacy of PSD-95 inhibitors in post-stroke treatement of ischemic brain damage. * share first authorship; ** co-corresponding authors.  Stroke 39: 2544-2553 (2008) 
Current Collaborators (non-UPEI): 
  • H.A. Robertson, Dalhousie University
  • A. Novelli, University of Oviedo, Spain
  • M. Herrera-Marschitz, University of Chile
  • D. Steve Kerr, University of Otago, New Zealand 
  • Neurodyn Inc. , Charlottetown