1659-1734 Doctor Michel Sarrazin “The First Canadian Physiologist”

The Sarrazin lectureship was initiated in 1976, by the Society for a “Distinguished Speaker” to give a 1 hour lecture to the Society at its meeting and that the Lectureship would be called the “Sarrazin Lecture” in recognition of “the First Canadian Physiologist”.

Although nominations were initially solicited from the membership and the Lecturer selected by the Executive, it was subsequently felt appropriate for the outgoing President of the Society to be charged with making the selection of the speaker for the subsequent Annual Meeting.

The first Sarrazin Lecturer was Dr. Harold Copp, who presented his lecture at the Winter Meeting of the Society in 1977.


2018 Sarrazin Lecturer

Sandra Davidge, PhD

Impact of pregnancy complications on maternal and offspring cardiovascular health


Dr. Sandy Davidge is the Executive Director of the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute and Professor in the Departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Physiology at the University of Alberta. She also holds the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Maternal and Perinatal Cardiovascular Health. She a Fellow in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and is President (2017/2018) for the international Society for Reproductive Investigation (SRI). She serves on many national and international grant panels and is on the editorial board for the American Journal of Physiology. Dr. Davidge is a founding Council Member for Canadian Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) Society, Advisory Board Member for the Preeclampsia Foundation of Canada and Board Director for PolicyWise for Children and Families and the Maternal, Infant, Children, Youth Research Network (MICYRN). Dr. Davidge’s research program with her graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research associate and technicians encompass studying cardiovascular function as it relates to 1) complications in pregnancy (preeclampsia and maternal aging) and 2) developmental origins of adult cardiovascular diseases. Both preeclampsia and aging are associated with vascular endothelial dysfunction and oxidative stress; hence her research program focuses on common vasoactive mediators altered by pro-oxidants in these conditions that are unique to women and their pregnancy outcomes. Moreover, Dr. Davidge’s laboratory combines their expertise in pregnancy research and aging to understand long-term consequences of an adverse pregnancy on cardiovascular health of the offspring as they age. Ultimately, their goal is to create and provide the knowledge necessary to develop preventative/therapeutic strategies for cardiovascular complications, particularly as it relates to maternal and perinatal health. Dr. Davidge has published 210 original peer-reviewed manuscripts and 27 review articles in these areas and is currently funded by the Foundation Grant Program from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research.


Sarrazin Lecturers


  1. 1977. Harold A. Copp (University of British Columbia) “Calcitonin and the regulation of internal calcium levels” Banff, Alberta.
  2. 1978. L.B. Jacques (University of Saskatchewan) “Heparin: its medical and physiological significance” Mont Ste. Marie, Québec.<
  3. 1979. F.C. (Hank) MacIntosh (McGill University) “The age of bioassay” or “My early stumbles on the trail of histamine and acetylcholine” Mount Orford, Québec.
  4. 1980. Herbert H. Jasper (McGill University, Université de Montréal) “Adventures of a neuroscientist” Banff, Alberta.
  5. 1981. Hans Selye (Université de Montréal) Award made (address to the Society not made due to illness). Ste. Adèle, Québec.
  6. 1982. A.M. Rappaport (University of Toronto) “The idea behind it all” Beaupré (Mont Sainte-Anne), Québec.
  7. 1983. Jack Kraicer (Queen’s University) “Mechanisms governing the release of growth hormone: Role of cyclic nucleotides and Ca2+” Vernon, British Columbia.
  8. 1984. Kresimir Krnjevic (McGill University) “Travels in physiology” Ste. Adèle, Québec.
  9. 1985. Hugh McLennan (University of British Columbia) “Michel Sarrazin, 1659-1734” Mont Rolland, Québec.
  10. 1986. Keith E. Cooper (University of Calgary) “Adventures in thermoregulation” Lake Louise, Alberta.
  11. 1987. Henry Friesen (University of Manitoba) ” Reflections on a snowy evening” Ste. Adèle, Québec.
  12. 1988. Vivian C. Abrahams (Queen’s University) “Early days in the making of one physiologist”. Ste. Jovite (Mt. Tremblant), Québec.
  13. 1989. John C. Brown (University of British Columbia) “The gastrointestinal hormones motilin and GIP” Whistler, British Columbia.
  14. 1990. Fernand Labrie (Université Laval) “Peripheral tissues are important sites of sex steroid formation in the human: A new field of endocrinology which extends from gene structure to therapy that prolongs life in prostate cancer” Beaupré (Mont Sainte-Anne),.Québec.
  15. 1991. Gordon J. Mogenson (University of Western Ontario) “Some aspects of limbic-motor integration: dopamine modulation of limbic inputs to ventral striatal neurons” Beaupré (Mont Sainte-Anne), Québec.
  16. 1992. Yves Lamarre (Université de Montréal) “Central mechanisms of tremor” Kimberley, British Columbia.
  17. 1993. Andrew S. French (University of Alberta) “The cockroach tactile spine” Ste. Jovite (Mt. Tremblant), Québec.
  18. 1994. John Ledsome (University of British Columbia) “The cardiac atria and the homeostasis of extracellular fluid volume” Lake Louise, Alberta.
  19. 1995. Jack Diamond (MacMaster University) Ste. Jovite (Mt. Tremblant), Québec.
  20. 1996. Geza T. Hetenyi (University of Ottawa) “The sweetness of life: glucose homeostasis” Lake Louise, Alberta.
  21. 1997. John C. Szerb (Dalhousie University) “When the going was good” Mont Gabriel, Québec.
  22. 1998. Leo P. Renaud (University of Ottawa) “The “NEURO” in neuroendocrine: what’s it got for physiologists?” Kimberley, BC.
  23. 1999. Michel Bergeron (Université de Montréal) “Cellular organization, organelle interrelationship: Terra nova.” Marble Mountain, Newfoundland.
  24. 2000. James P. Lund (McGill University, Université de Montréal) “Revelling in the joys of mastication”, Lake Louise, Alberta.
  25. 2001. Richard B. Stein (University of Alberta) “A personal odyssey from physics to physiology and prosthetics”, Mont Tremblant, Québec.
  26. 2002. Geoffry Melvill Jones (University of Calgary, McGill University) “Thrills and spills in a parapetitic life of messing about in labs”, Silver Star, BC.
  27. 2003. Harold L. Atwood (University of Toronto) “Insight by accident or insight by design?” Beaupré (Mont Sainte-Anne), Québec.
  28. 2004. John R. Challis (University of Toronto) “Preterm birth, fetal glucocorticoids, and the developmental programming of health and disease (DOHAD)”, Silver Star, BC.
  29. 2005. Alison M. Buchan (University of British Columbia) “A physiologist’s journey from neuroendocrinology to infectious diseases.” Beaupré (Mont Sainte-Anne), Québec.
  30. 2006. Alvin Shrier (McGill University) “The beat goes on”. Lake Louise, Alberta.
  31. 2007. Keir Pearson (University of Alberta) “Neurobiology of locomotion.” Beaupré (Mont Sainte-Anne), Québec.
  32. 2008. Quentin Pittman (University of Calgary) “Some like it hot: an inflammatory view of physiology”. Lake Louise, Alberta.
  33. 2009. John MacDonald (University of Western Ontario) “Adventures in NMDA receptors, phosphorylation and hippocampal synaptic plasticity”. Beaupré (Mont Sainte-Anne), Québec.
  34. 2010. Terrance P Snutch (University of British Columbia).  Halifax, N.S.
  35. 2011. Bruce McManus (University of British Columbia).  Ste. Adele, Quebec.
  36. 2012. Duncan Stewart (University of Ottawa).  Toronto, Ontario.
  37. 2013.  No Award
  38. 2014.  No Award
  39. 2015.  Kathleen Cullen (McGill University).  “”Where are we going? Sensing self-motion for perception and action.”  Vancouver, B.C.
  40. 2016. Douglas Crawford (York University). Toronto, Ontario.
  41. 2017. Serge Rossignol (Universite de Montreal). “The spinal brain.”  Montreal, Quebec.
  42. 2018. Sandra Davidge (University of Alberta). “Impact of pregnancy complications on maternal and offspring cardiovascular health”. Halifax, N.S.