Dr. Thiessen earned Pharmacy degrees in Canada and subsequently completed his doctoral studies at the University of California, San Francisco where he specialized in pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and experimental analytics. His academic career has involved ~40 years both at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo where he had strategic responsibility for developing the new Health Sciences campus including Canada’s 10th School of Pharmacy. In addition to the educator/leader role, his Canadian and International basic and clinical research has entailed time-dependent processes, drug response, new therapies in cancer and iron overload, and advanced technologies to diagnose and treat disease.
Beyond academics he has served organizations like the DQTC of the Ontario Ministry of Health, Health Canada’s Scientific Advisory Committee on Bioavailability, Bioequivalence, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Clinical Pharmacology, and the Waterloo-based Research Institute for Aging. His insights in fundamental research and clinical outcomes have brought numerous consulting opportunities in Canada, USA and Europe. Lastly, he remains academically linked as Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto and Adjunct Professor, University of Waterloo.