Welcome to the Department of Surgery Research!

Research is an essential element of surgery past present and future, a fact that is more relevant in today’s rapidly changing world than ever. The Department of Surgery is committed to the development of exciting cutting edge research programs by taking advantage of the natural strengths offered by the Saskatchewan context such as the Synchrotron, the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, the emerging provincial clinical quality improvement program, the Health Quality Council and a diverse group of University of Saskatchewan Basic Science researchers.

Please feel free to contact me at 306-655-2425 or our Department Chair, Dr. Ivar Mendez at 306-966-8641, if you have any questions about our research programs and how you might fit in — either as a medical student, graduate student, resident, faculty or collaborator.

Dr. Nael Shoman,
Director of Research and Graduate Studies
Department of Surgery, University of Saskatchewan

Research Coordinator

Karen Mosier has a BA in Psychology and a MSc in Pharmacy. She has nine years’ experience in research administration. She worked as a Research Facilitator in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine for 5 years and as a Research Coordinator in the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine for 4 years.              

Karen Mosier was hired as a Research Coordinator by the Department of Surgery on December 1, 2015.  Her position was created to provide mentorship and research support for faculty and residents and to promote a dynamic research culture within the department. Her primary duties include finding funding opportunities for research projects, reviewing grant applications and budgets, providing guidance through the grant writing process, and educating and teaching on CCV development and ethic application submissions. She will also act as a liaison for the Department of Surgery with the Office of the Vice-Dean Research, College of Medicine and Research Services to promote excellence in research and ensure timely processing of research applications.  Karen will also work with the Research Committee and coordinate the Department of Surgery Research meetings and the annual Research Day.

Getting Started

The purpose of this brief guide is to provide quick assistance for you to read to orientate yourself to what funding opportunities you would like to apply for before you contact your Research Coordinator.

Surgery Research Handbook


Research Support

The Biostatistical Support (BSS) is a new Biostatistics resource to clinical researchers at the Department of Surgery, University of Saskatchewan. The creation of Biostatistical resource raised the department to a new level effectiveness and relevance in clinical and health research. This support serving an important role in initiating interdisciplinary, collaborative research among divisions in the Department of Surgery.

Our Vision

The Biostatistical Support will provide the highest quality of services and will promote the highest standards in research.

Our Mission

Our mission is to conduct high quality innovative research, to provide research services and stimulate collaboration amongst investigators from all divisions. We will provide methodological support to clinical and biomedical researchers in a collaborative manner to assist researchers in making the best use of their resources in all phases of  clinical research.

To get support
  • Download the  Biostatistical Support (BSS) Intake-Form  

  • Provide brief of your project and the support needed. 

  • Be sure to submit the Biostatistical Support Intake-Form early.

  • Submit the BSS Intake-Form to Osama Bataineh via email or fax

Contact Information

Biostatistical Support - Department of Surgery:
Osama Bataineh
Royal University Hospital, Room 2708
103 Hospital Drive
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan   S7N 0W8
Phone: (306) 844-1350  Fax: (306) 966-8026

The Department of Surgery is pleased to announce that Resident Research Day will be held Friday May 13th, 2016. The 2016 program will include several speakers addressing timely issues in surgical education. It will also include scientific papers, workshops, and exhibits.

We urge our residents to submit abstract proposals of their best research. Titles and abstracts should be submitted as a Word file to Karen Mosier by Friday April 15, 2016. Late submissions will not be accepted.                                    

Instructions for Abstracts: The Program Committee will only consider abstracts for papers and posters which describe original work that has not been previously published or presented elsewhere.

The abstract should be prepared as follows:

  • Length: Maximum of 350 words excluding the title, authors and affiliations
  • Fonts and size: Ariel, 11; single space
  • Page margin: One inch all around
  • Organization: Title, Authors, Affiliations, Body of the Abstract (Rationale, Methods, Results and Conclusion) and name of the Funding Source

Please adhere to the abstract size limit. Any abstracts exceeding the limit will not be reviewed.


Judging Criteria: The Research Committee judges each submission on merit, originality, study design, and clinical relevance. All members of the Research Committee review all proposals and evaluate them using a global score. The final selection is made by the entire Research Committee to collectively meet the Committee’s goal of producing a balanced program of excellent work.

Session Types:

Oral Presentation - Each oral presentation will be 10 minutes in length followed by 5 minutes for discussion. Accepted oral presentations will be grouped by theme. 

Poster: Posters are a display presentation. Material is mounted on a poster board (approx. 228 centimeters wide by 114 centimeters high). There will be breaks and one (1) presenter will be asked to be available at their poster during breaks to give a brief description of their poster and answer questions. Funding agencies should be acknowledged.

Canadian Light Source

The Canadian Light Source (CLS) is a world-class, state-of-the-art facility that house’s Canada’s only synchrotron and is one of the largest science projects in Canadian history.  It was opened in 2004 and built in 3 phases with a total investment of approximately 300 million dollars.  Two particularly exciting developments are: 1) The BioMedical Imaging and Therapy (BMIT) beamline designed for the purpose of imaging biological tissue and conducting radiation therapy research; and  2) The Medical Isotope Project (MIP) facility, the first of its kind in the world, relying on powerful X-rays to produce the isotopes, unlike traditional nuclear reactor-based methods. The CLS announced this past November the first shipment of medical isotopes produced in its dedicated linear accelerator.

Members of the Department of Surgery have been collaborating with CLS scientists since the opening of the synchrotron.  Numerous projects have been conducted by our researchers over the years, ranging from the study of biomarkers inside cells associated with Barrett’s esophagus, identifying molecular signatures of brain tumors to visualizing trabecular bone to assess bone quality and understanding the earliest stages of cartilage breakdown using Diffraction Enhanced Imaging.

Use of the BioMedical Imaging and Therapy beamline is currently a key component of two innovative projects aimed at brain repair using stem cell therapies. Drs. Michael Kelly (stroke) and Ivar Mendez (Parkinson’s disease) are investigating cellular and molecular imaging of stem cells implanted in rodent models of Stroke and Parkinson’s disease. Novel labelling compounds are being researched in these experiments that will allow tracking of migration of stem cells after implantation.

The CLS is a unique and superb resource for surgical research from molecular and cellular imaging to novel light source therapies. The recent addition of the Large Animal Positioning System (LAPS) featured in this page, brings the research opportunities to a whole new level.


Date Topic Seminar Documents
March 17, 2016 We were very pleased to have our first Department Research Seminar on the topic of “Successful Grantsmanship” on March 17th, 2016. It was an enjoyable evening of sharing, laughing, learning and vibrant group discussion. For more details regarding the workshop including some suggested resources for grant writing View PDF
September 29, 2016 We were very pleased to have our second Department Research Seminar on the topic of “Promoting Partnership with Industry” on September 29, 2016. We had a fine array of speakers with varying backgrounds and talents and all very knowledgeable in regards to collaborating with industry. View PDF

Events Calendar


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