Multiple Sclerosis is a devastating neurological disorder which strikes during adulthood, often causing problems with vision, body sensation, ability to walk and other critical life functions. The prevalence of MS is high in Canada, and particularly high in Saskatchewan.
The Cameco MS Neuroscience Research Centre was established in 1996 with a mandate to support basic and clinical scientific studies into the cause, treatment and cure of MS and other neurological disorders.
The centre was created by a partnership of the University of Saskatchewan Colleges of Medicine and Dentistry, the MS Society of Canada (Saskatchewan Division) and the Saskatoon Health Region.
The primary research facility is housed in Saskatoon City Hospital. Major financial support for the Cameco MS Neuroscience Research Centre was provided through a fundraising drive sponsored by the Cameco Corporation.
To support and encourage basic and clinical neuroscience research related to the cause, treatment, and cure of multiple sclerosis, and to support and encourage basic neuroscience research related to the cause, treatment and cure of other neurological disorders.
Our laboratories are part of the University of Saskatchewan and are well equipped to carry out basic biomedical research utilizing tissue culture, protein biochemistry, molecular biology, histology, and light microscopy techniques.
In addition, we are associated with the MS Clinic in Saskatoon City Hospital, giving us access to a large MS patient population.
It is our desire to use basic science research to understand the cellular interactions which govern the normal function of the nervous system and its reaction to disease or injury, and to form the basis for the development of new clinical intervention strategies.
Although MS is a principle focus, our research also includes projects relevant to other disorders of the nervous system.
Cameco Research Centre Consortium
Saskatoon Health Region
Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation
Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada-Saskatchewan Division
University of Saskatchewan Colleges of Medicine and Dentistry
Special thanks to Cameco Corporation, a Saskatchewan based uranium and gold mining company. The initial sponsorship of the Quest for a Cure by Cameco Corporation was instrumental in establishing the Cameco MS Neuroscience Research Centre.
Meet Our Team of P.I.s
Dr. Hannah Salapa
Dr. Zelan Wei
Dr. Joseph Clarke
Dr. Ashley James
Research Executive Assistant
In the News
- Dr. Valerie Verge & Nataliya Tokarska - A Promising Non-Invasive Therapy to Promote Repair and Remyelination in Multiple Sclerosis: (https://mscanada.ca/ms-research/latest-research/therapy-repair-remyelination-ms) July, 2023
- Ride for Dad marks a decade in Swift Current with hundreds of riders. Read the full story here.
- Dr. Anand Krishnan (PhD) - USask research investigates new treatments for drug-induced neuropathy in cancer patients.
- EndMS Research and Training Network - Fall 2022 Edition Nataliya Tokarska - "Until I started working within MS, I really did not understand the impact MS had on someone’s life or their family and/or friend’s lives as I did not have a personal connection to MS when I began." Read the full story here.
- Justin Naniong, Dr. Valerie Verge (PhD), Wafa Mustafa, and Nataliya Tokarska- Regrowing nerves, understanding severe period pain are focus of new Usask reseach - August 29, 2022
- Outsmart Cancer: Three of the 2022 Grantees. Read full article here.
- Dr, Michael Levin - Usask researchers take steps to develop new multiple sclerosis treatments - October 29, 2021
- Dr. Anand Krishnan - Researchers Under the Scope: Understanding the way nerves talk to tumours
- Dr. Katherine Knox - Dr. Katherine Knox on multiple sclerosis research - June 22, 2021
- Dr. Michael Levin - USask researchers funded to tackle MS - May 31, 2021
- Dr. Valerie Verge - Women in Leadership, March 8, 2021
- Dr. Valerie Verge - Honouree at the WAMS GALA Luncheon - Thursday, November 21, 2019
- Dr. Michael Levin and his PhD student Hannah Salapa speak to CTV regarding their recent publication in the Journal of Neuroimmunology (September 2018)
Giving to MS Research
Join a dynamic, world-class, generously funded basic and translational science multiple sclerosis research lab! The laboratory of Dr. Michael Levin offers personalized mentorship, state of the art laboratory facilities, customized coursework, highly competitive compensation, and the opportunity for basic scientists to work hand-in-hand with clinicians in Saskatoon City Hospital and the University of Saskatchewan. We currently have positions available for highly motivated MSc and PhD students. For more information about our research, required qualifications, and instructions on how to apply, visit our website at https://research-groups.usask.ca/skms-office/ms-research-centre/research-positions.php