Research News


Clinical research support

The Clinical Research Support Unit is a source of biostatistical and epidemiological science to faculty, staff and students in biomedical and clinical sciences.

Ethical approval is required before we can begin work on a project.

Specific Support Offered Areas of Expertise
  • Assistance in grant proposal preparation
  • Design of clinical studies and clinical trials
  • Experimental Design
  • Survey Design
  • Hypothesis Development
  • Determination of Sample Size 
  • Power Analysis
  • Randomization Schedules
  • Data Management Strategies
  • Statistical Modeling
  • Data Analysis and Interpretation
  • Manuscript Review
  • Statistical Modeling
  • Regression Analysis
  • Survival Analysis
  • Clinical Study & Clinical Trials
  • Epidemiology
  • Observational Studies
  • Outcome Research
  • Health Service Research
  • Meta Analysis
  • Time Series Analysis
  • Multi-level Analysis


CoMRAD: College of Medicine Research Award

The primary purpose of the College of Medicine Research Award (CoMRAD) competition is to provide seed funding for novel pilot and/or feasibility studies that will facilitate future applications for external funding sources, such as Tri-Council funding. This competitive funding opportunity is open to all faculty members with a primary academic appointment in the College of Medicine that will continue until the end of the full granting period.

CoMRAD Update:
The Office of the Vice Dean Research (OVDR) in the College of Medicine is pleased to issue an official call for the 2017-2018 College of Medicine Research Award (CoMRAD) Applications. Guidelines and applications have been released to the Sharepoint site. Please note that all faculty wishing to apply for this year's CoMRAD will be required to submit the  Expression of Interest form by May 31, 2017, in order for their applications to be accepted. Please submit the Expression of Interest form form via email.​  Applications will be due by July 19th, 2017, and must be submitted to the Sharepoint site.

Keleigh Fehr


CoMGRAD: College of Medicine Graduate Student AwarDs
The purpose of the College of Medicine Graduate Students Award scholarships is to provide support to graduate students and faculty supervisors from the College of Medicine (CoM) who demonstrate a passion for research that has been, or will be, translated into advancements in science.  This is a pilot project pioneered by the Office of the Vice Dean Research with the intention of advancing the CoM’s profile by increasing dynamic research projects being completed by competitively-selected individuals.
The Office of the Vice Dean of Research is excited to announce that recipients of the 2016 CoMGRAD have notified of their success.  An award ceremony is currently being scheduled and will likely take place in January.  Congratulations to the winners!

Additionally, the next round of CoMGRAD funding will be announced shortly.  Please stay tuned!

For more information on the CoMGRAD and the Hader MS Scholarship, or to submit your application, please see the link below to the SharePoint site.  Please note that if you are logging in from a non-U of S computer you will may to enter your NSID as “usask\nsid”.  If you have issues accessing the site, please contact Patricia Little for assistance.

Dean's summer research projects

The Dean’s Summer Research Projects acts to facilitate undergraduate medical students’ exposure to scientific research, which will assist them later in their careers.  The program is intended to foster a spark and ignite a passion for research in our medical students, facilitating an understanding of the vital role research plays in today’s health care. This program is open to all first and second year undergraduate medical students.

Key Contact:
Patricia Little – Project Coordinator, Research

Biomedical Summer Research Projects

The Biomedical Summer Research Projects will facilitate the research training of undergraduate students enrolled in the following programs: Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, Physiology, and Pharmacology.  The purpose of these awards is to encourage students in these areas to go on to graduate studies. These projects are open to all Biomedical Science students in their second through fourth years. The projects are intended for students who will be entering graduate school so the emphasis is on upper year students who have a GPA greater than 80% on at least 60 CU.

To learn more about this program please follow this link

Key Contact:
Patricia Little – Project Coordinator, Research

Research Centres

Research Groups

The College of Medicine is proud to support the following research groups with their initiatives ranging from conferences to workshops. These groups further the research-intensive goals of the College of Medicine and showcase collaborations made between faculty and community partners.

Towards 2020 Research Plan

Our strategic research Plan, Toward 2020, outlines the strategic directions for research within the College of Medicine over the next 5 years and identifies strategies that will enable our college to achieve the three specific objectives:

  • To increase the research intensiveness of the college through the development of interdisciplinary research and the fostering of a team science approach
  • To have the college take its place among its peers in the U15
  • To deliver improved health outcomes for the people of Saskatchewan by ensuring research findings are translated into enhanced health care delivery.

Toward 2020 is the first part of a multi-stage process of re-establishing our College of Medicine as a research-intensive college, and was developed in concert with The Way Forward and deliberately builds on the identified strategies. In a medical-doctoral university holding membership in the U15 - the country’s top 15 leading research-intensive institutions - the medical school must be the flagship college, an academic powerhouse making a significant contribution to the success of the entire institution. Toward 2020 calls for focus, rigor and commitment in its execution and will require the dedication of all faculty and staff. The establishment of "Priority Areas" of research was seen as a key component to successful execution of the Plan. Priority Areas were deliberately chosen to enable everyone to contribute to the Plan's success.

These priority areas include:

  • Aboriginal Health - The ongoing and longstanding difference in health outcomes between the Aboriginal population and the non-Aboriginal population must be eliminated. The College of Medicine needs to place this social anomaly at the center of its research agenda. By doing so, the College will be acknowledging its social responsibility and ensuring the efforts of all researchers are focused on this critical area and ensure success by building on existing strengths.
  • Health Services - Questions of sustainability of the Health System dominate policy-makers agendas and is an area of constant concern to Canadians. Appropriateness of interventions, medications, use of devices and elimination of waste in the system can only be achieved by properly constructed and implemented research programs. The College of Medicine is uniquely placed to best implement such research programs and engage with health leaders, policy makers and future health care providers to ensure the effective translation of research findings into practice.

Neurosciences - An aging population, the increasing prevalence of diseases such as dementia, the escalating costs incurred as a result of stroke, a firm research basis of research in the areas of epilepsy, movement disorders, stroke, medical imaging and the availability of resources such as the Synchrotron all point to the need to include Neurosciences as a priority research area.


Event Calendar



Office of the Vice-Dean Research
College of Medicine
Room 2D01, Health Sciences Building, D-Wing
107 Wiggins Road

Vice-Dean Research - Marek Radomski
The Vice-Dean, Research is the senior leader in the college for all research-related matters and provides vision and leadership for the development and implementation of a comprehensive, integrated research plan for the College of Medicine.
Ph: 306-966-4342

Research Manager – Megan Steeves
The Research Manager is responsible for assisting researchers and faculty with various administrative concerns and aids in moving research initiatives forward in the College.
Ph: 306-966-6516

Research Facilitator – Dr. Bruna Bonavia-Fisher
The Research Facilitator is a skilled professional who helps researchers, the college and the institution achieve funding success and research impact. She specifically supports the growth and development of research activity in the biomedical and clinical departments. Ph: 306-966-2211

Project Coordinator – Patricia Little
The Project Coordinator is responsible for the management of the Dean’s Summer Research Projects and the Biomedical Summer Students Projects. Assists student with all research related questions within the College.
Ph: 306-966-3273

Faculty Project CoordinatorKeleigh Fehr

The Faculty Project Coordinator is responsible for the management of Faculty Internal funding opportunities. Assists with various aspects of the research agenda for the College of Medicine as it relates to our Faculty.
Ph: 306-966-4943

Research Groups Administrative Coordinator – Doreen Stumborg
Maintains contact with the Research Groups' leaders and coordinates activities of the Research Groups from all health disciplines.  Serves as a liaison between the Research Groups, the College of Medicine, the Office of Research Services and funding agencies.
Ph: 306-966-1417

Health Sciences Graduate Program Coordinator – Angela Zoerb
The Graduate Program Coordinator, supports the various aspects of the graduate studies and research agenda of the College including issues related to Graduate Students & the College of Medicine scholarships, The Clinicians Investigator Program, MD/PhD program, Life & Health Sciences Research Conference and other issues related to research and graduate studies.
Ph: 306-966-6957

Research Secretary – Lawrene Toews
Reporting to the Vice-Dean Research (VDR), the Research Secretary is responsible for providing support to the Vice-Dean’s Research Office team in fostering the research enterprise within the college. The Research Secretary provides administrative office and academic support to the Vice-Dean research on all research related matters and acts as the first point of contact within the office.
Ph: 306-966-8119