Donna M Slater

Dr. Donna Michelle Slater




Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology


Cumming School of Medicine, Bachelor of Health Sciences

Child Health & Wellness Researcher

Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute, Owerko Centre

Full Member

Inflammation Research Network

Contact information

Phone number

Office: 403.210.7660
Lab: 403.210.8844


Office: HMRB277


Educational Background

BSc Biochemistry, Coventry University, 1988

PhD Genetics, Royal Postgraduate Medical School, 1995


Areas of Research

Preterm Birth

In obstetrics, abnormal or inappropriate myometrial contractions can cause major clinical problems such as pre-term labour or post-partum hemorrhage. Prostaglandins and their receptors have been widely implicated in the process of parturition, but underlying signaling pathways involved remain poorly understood. Our research focuses on the role and regulation of prostaglandin synthesis and prostaglandin receptor signaling within the uterus (and specifically the myometrial smooth muscle) during pregnancy and parturition.

Participation in university strategic initiatives


Course number Course title Semester
MDSC BIOL 501 Principles and Mechanisms of Pharmacology Fall
MDSC 508 Honors Thesis and Research Communication Fall & Winter
MDSC 755 Special Topics in Pregnancy Winter 2024


  • CSM McLeod Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching, Cumming School of Medicine. 2021
  • Killam Undergraduate Mentorship Award, University of Calgary. 2019
  • Ziegler Endowment Award, Institute Child Maternal Health, 2009
  • AHFMR Scholarship, 2007
  • New Investigator Award, Medical Research Council UK. 2005


More Information

Eilidh Wood
MSc student

Sophie Smith
MSc student

Kylie Hornaday
PhD student

Melinda Wang
Lab manager (part-time)

Indira Alvarez
Research Assistant (P3 cohort)

Amy Bergeron
Research Nurse (P3 cohort)

Laurel Becker
HSC #2127
Phone: 403.220.6617