Anna Taylor

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Pharmacology Dept


Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Pharmacology Dept
(780) 492-3870
9-70A Medical Sciences Building
8613 - 114 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H7


Area of Study / Keywords

chronic pain opioid dependence addiction inflammation gut microbiome hyperalgesia affective disorders affective disorders reward motivated behaviour animal models


Dr. Taylor is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Alberta. She completed her training at McGill University in the McGill Pain Center and later at the University of California in the Hatos Center for Opioid Pharmacology. As such, her research spans the fields of opioid addiction and chronic pain, and research projects incorporate both of these models.


Dr. Taylor strives to understand how chronic pain and opioids impact emotional brain regions. Her research explores how these changes contribute to pain and whether they alter opioid efficacy. She explores strategies to improve the efficacy of opioids while minimizing abuse liability. Finally, she studies non-canonical opioid agonists to treat pain without abuse liability. This research comes at a critical juncture when safe and effective chronic pain management is increasingly challenging amidst the opioid overdose epidemic. Outcomes from this program will develop strategies for safe and effective opioid prescribing, and identify novel targets for the treatment of chronic pain. 


Pharmacology 200

Dentistry Course 1 (Intro to Pharmacology)


PMCOL 200 - Drugs - An Introduction to Pharmacology

Using examples of commonly used drugs (both therapeutic and illicit), we will explore what drugs do to the human body and in turn, what the body does to drugs. Recommended for students with an interest in pursuing medical science degrees and programs. Prerequisites: CHEM 101 and BIOL 107 or equivalent. Open to 2nd and 3rd year students only.

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Featured Publications

The influence of the gut microbiota during opioid withdrawal

International Narcotic Research Conference. 2022 July;

Claustral-prefrontal cortical control of acute and chronic pain

Canadian Neuroscience Annual Meeting. 2022 May;

Galleguillos D., Wang Q., Steinberg N., Zaidi A., Shrivastava G., Dhami K., Daskhan G.C., Schmidt E.N., Dworsky-Fried Z., Giuliani F., Churchward M., Power C., Todd K., Taylor A., Macauley M.S., Sipione S.

Journal of Neuroinflammation. 2022 January; 19 (1) 10.1186/s12974-021-02374-x

Taylor A.M.W., Chadwick C.I., Mehrabani S., Hrncir H., Arnold A.P., Evans C.J.

JOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE RESEARCH. 2022 January; 100 (1):183-190 10.1002/jnr.24704

Zoë Dworsky-Fried, Caylin I Chadwick, Bradley J Kerr, Anna M W Taylor

Frontiers in Neuroscience. 2021 September; 10.3389/fnins.2021.741503

Amygdala control of EAE related pain

International Narcotic Research Conference. 2021 July;

Zoë Dworsky-Fried, Christian A Faig, Holly A Vogel, Bradley J Kerr, Anna M W Taylor

PAIN. 2021 April; 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000002307