Willard James Costain
Dr. Will Costain is a Research Officer and Team Leader In Vitro Pharmacology at National Research Council of Canada. He holds a B.Sc. in Physiology from University of Saskatchewan; a M.Sc. in Physiology from University of Saskatchewan and a Ph.D. in Physiology and Pharmacology from McMaster University. He also holds a Post-Doc in Pharmacology from Dalhousie University. He leads a team of researchers who focus on enabling the development of biologic therapeutics for CNS diseases. They focus on in vitro models of the blood brain barrier and cell-based assays for assessing drug pharmacology. Dr. Costain\'s primary interest is in characterizing the pharmacology and signaling mechanisms of small and large molecule therapeutics. Over the years, he has studied a variety of GPCR systems using classical pharmacological techniques. He has also used genomic methods to characterize genomic responses to brain injury and mutations.