View the Department of Medicine section of the College of Medicine's Research Productivity Report (2014 - 2019).

Research Faculty

The Department of Medicine includes a dynamic and active research community in Saskatoon and Regina, and many of our researchers are involved in collaborative projects with other departments. Residents, Masters and PhD students have the opportunity to learn from the best in clinical and lab settings.

Please check out the research interests of our faculty below. If you would like to add your research interests to this list, please contact our department communication specialist.

Division

Faculty Member

Nature of Research

Supervises Students

Focus of Research

 

 

Key to Nature of Research

A – Biomedical   B – Clinical   C – Quality Assurance

D – Health Services   E – Social, Cultural, Environment and Population

 

Cardiology

Andrea Lavoie

A,B,C,D,

Residents - Regina

Interventional cardiology, antiplatelets, women's cardiac health, intravascular imaging, spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD), congestive heart failure (CHF)

CCHSA 

Roland Dyck

B, E

Masters

Indigenous people, Diabetes, Diabetic Kidney Disease, Intra- and Inter-generational consequences of diabetic pregnancies

CCHSA

Shelley Kirychuk

A,E

Masters
PhD

My primary area of research is occupational hygiene, that is, the study of exposures and health. My primary focus is respiratory exposures and health, particularly in rural and agricultural populations including agricultural workplaces and rural living exposures. My research is both bench based immunology and animal studies as well as population based exposure assessment studies.

CCHSA - Occupational Medicine

Niels Koehncke

A,E

Masters, Residents

I am a specialist in Occupational Medicine. My general interest is in occupational exposures and health outcomes. Currently my focus is on agricultural injuries and exposures as well as radiation protection and personal protective equipment use. I have previously done work in potash mining (analyzing spirometry). I also have interest in occupational noise exposure, aviation and aerospace medicine, and mental health in the workplace.

CCHSA

Joshua Lawson

B,D,E

Masters, PhD, Residents

My primary areas of interest are pediatric asthma and respiratory epidemiology but I am also interested in various aspects of child health, lung health, and rural health. The majority of my research program is focused on the urban-rural gradient and the reasons for geographic variation in childhood asthma.

CCHSA

Debra Morgan

D

PhD

Rural health services delivery for dementia; primary health care interventions to improve diagnosis & management of dementia in rural settings.

CCHSA

Catherine Trask 

E

Masters, PhD
Post-Doc Fellows

Occupational Health, Muscoskeletal Disorders, Ergonomics and Intervention Evaluation

Endocrinology & Metabolism

Terra Arnason

A,B,C

No available positions at this time

Biomedical bench research: multiple drug resistance cancer mechanisms, cell cycle check points, sensitizing chemotherapeutics, E3 APC ligase protein degradation.  QA research: Pre-FNA thyroid nodule assessment. Thyroid cancer practice guidelines. 

Endocrinology & Metabolism

Gundar Caspar-Bell

B,C

Residents

Thyroid, Pituitary, Diabetes

Gastroenterology

Tom Guzowski

E

Residents

Education research centered around teaching clinical ultrasound

General Internal Medicine 

Jarol Boan

A,B,C,D,E

Residents - Regina

Indigenous health, Quality indicators for patient care

General Internal Medicine

Alexandra King

B,D,E

Masters

My research focuses on Indigenous wellness, land- and culture-based healing, Indigenous research ethics, Indigenous people and HIV, HCV and co-infections, health systems and service transformation (peer navigation/ support, shared models of care). I work with Indigenous communities and relevant stakeholders to understand Indigenous people’s health and wellness needs and the structural changes required for improved Indigenous health outcomes. My research uses Indigenous philosophies including Two-eyed Seeing (bringing together Indigenous and Western worldviews or knowledges) and Ethical Space, which needs to be created when peoples with disparate worldviews are poised to engage with each other.

General Internal Medicine 

Michael Prystajecky

A,B,C,D

Residents 

Perioperative medicine, Interprofessional collaboration, Quality improvement

Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine 

Eric Sy

A,B,C,D

Masters Residents - Regina

1. Critical care medicine
2. Quality improvement and health outcomes research in Critical care medicine, examining discharge and transfer from Critical care
3. Acute respiratory distress syndrome and its management (mechanical ventilation, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation)
4. Acute-on-chronic liver failure, critically ill cirrhotics

Infectious Diseases

Shaqil Peermohamed

B,C,D,E

Residents

 

Antimicrobial stewardship, patient safety, quality improvement, implementation science

Infectious Disease

Alex Wong

B,C,D

Residents - Regina

My primary research interests include the epidemiology of and optimizing clinical outcomes for persons with HIV and viral hepatitis, including HBV and HCV. We work with heavily marginalized persons, including those who are incarcerated, those who use injection drugs, and those with concurrent addictions and mental health challenges. All of our work is focused towards achieving HIV and HCV elimination in the province of Saskatchewan, and Canada as a whole.

Nephrology 

Joanne Kappel

C,E

PhD

1. Indigenous patient education about kidney health and treatment options - focus groups and co-development of culturally appropriate educational tools.
2. Patient reported outcome measures in kidney health with the goal to develop interventions to improve symptom management.
3. Symptom and frailty assessment in hemodialysis patients longitudinally with the goal to develop interventions to improve frailty.

Nephrology

Rahul Mainra

B

 

Primarily research on kidney transplant patients for listed patients. Topics include education around transplantation and the role of CV screening.

Nephrology

Bhanu Prasad

B,C,D,E

Residents - Regina

Use of renal denervation in loin pain hematuria.
Bone health in CKD.
Home dialysis

Nephrology

Bonnie Richardson

B,C,D,E

Residents - Regina

Indigenous health, Nephrology, Quality Improvement

Nephrology 

Sachin Shah

B, C

Residents 

Dialysis

Nephrology

Rod Stryker

B,C,D,E

PhD

Clinical research in patients with chronic kidney disease, kidney failure, and home based dialysis.

Nephrology

Davina Tai

C

Masters, PhD, Residents

Hemodialysis, CKD/ESRD, Vascular Access

Neurology

Brett Graham

B,C

Residents

Acute stroke, stroke prevention and acute stroke imaging. 

Neurology

Gary Hunter

B,C,D,E

Masters

Residents

Research interests include acute stroke treatment, neurocritical care and continuous EEG monitoring in ICU, epilepsy, and neuroprognostication after cardiac arrest. 

Neurology

Andrew Kirk

A,B,D,E

Masters, PhD, Residents

Cognitive neurology and rural dementia care.

Neurology

Michael Levin

A,B

Masters, PhD, Residents

The long-term goal of research in the Levin Lab is to better understand the cause of neurodegeneration, a salient feature and cause of permanent disability in progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. For more than 20 years, we have studied the function of the RNA binding protein heterogeneous nuclear ribonuclear protein A1 (hnRNP A1 -‘A1’), with a focus on ‘M9’. M9 is A1’s nucleocytoplasmic transport domain and is required for transport of A1 between the nucleus and cytoplasm. Our lab has discovered that MS patients make antibodies to M9 and the brains and lymphocytes of MS patients contain somatic DNA mutations within M9. Using a number of molecular, in vitro and in vivo techniques, our data indicate that DNA mutations within M9 and autoimmunity to M9 result in A1 dysfunction and subsequent neuronal and axonal degeneration. Using this model, we examine potential mechanisms of neurodegeneration in MS resulting from A1 dysfunction.

Neurology

Ilia Poliakov

B,C,E

Masters

My research interest revolve around clinical informatics and the use of data and technology in medicine. In regards to MS, this include real world effectiveness data and novel patient reported outcomes.

Neurology

Alex Rajput

A,B 

Masters, Residents

My main area of research is Parkinson's disease and other parkinsonian conditions, essential tremor, and dystonia. Collaborations with basic scientists for clinicopathological correlations has been a focus of the Saskatchewan Movement Disorders Program for many years. 

Neurology Ali H. Rajput A,B Residents Movement disorders-Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, dystonia etc. Clinical: brain autopsy, clinical trials, multiple collaborators around the world ranging from pathology biochemistry to molecular genetics based on our detailed clinical,videos and pathology data and brain specimens. It is widely recognized as the best program of this kind in the world.

Neurology

Kerri Schellenberg

A,B,C

Residents

Neuromuscular diseases with primary focus on Motor neuron disease such as ALS and Spinobulbar Muscular Atophy. 

Neurology

Jose Tellez-Zenteno

B,C,D,E

Masters, PhD, Residents

1. Epidemiology of neurological conditions with strong interest in epilepsy
2. Prognosis of neurological conditions with strong interest in epilepsy. Case control studies, cohort studies, randomized clinical trials
3. Metanalysis and systematic reviews of diverse outcomes related with neurological conditions with strong interest in epilepsy
4. Clinimetrics. Validation of instruments
5. Comorbidity of neurological conditions with strong interest in epilepsy evaluated with different methodologies
6. Administrative data base research in order to evaluate epidemiological outcomes

Neurology 

Christopher Voll 

B

Residents 

Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Neuromuscular

Respirology, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine

Donald Cockcroft

A,B,C,D

Honours Physiology,  Masters, PhD, Residents

Asthma, and airway responsiveness
Bronchoprovocation with allergen methacholine etc.
Pharmacologic Rx of asthma.

Respirology, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine

Beth Davis

B

Masters, PhD

Our lab focuses on asthma treatments, mechanisms and testing methodologies using bronchoprovocation techniques such as methacholine and allergen inhalation challenges.

Respirology, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine

Mark Fenton 

A,B,C,D

Masters, Residents 

Sleep Medicine, Indigenous Health, Respiratory Health, Transplantation

Respirology, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine

Donna Goodridge

B,C,D,E

Masters, PhD.

 

Health services improvement in advanced chronic illness, particularly COPD, using qualitative, quantitative and mixed method approaches; health literacy, aging, mindful self-compassion as an intervention for patients and caregivers.

Respirology, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine

John Gordon

A

Masters, PhD.

Use of regulatory dendritic cell for induction of tolerance in animal models of allergic and autoimmune disease, as well as with cells from individuals with allergies or autoimmune diseases. Characterization of the operative mechanisms and outcomes.

Respirology, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine

Brian Graham

A,C

 

Development of international technical standards for spirometry and diffusing capacity. Development of normal reference values for pulmonary function tests. Translational research on implementation of standards for pulmonary function tests. Modelling of gas exchange in the lung.

Respirology, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine

Vernon Hoeppner

A,B,C,E

Masters, PhD

Tuberculosis - reinfection, contact tracing, determinants of TB rates, epidemiology, determinants of TB transmission, risk factors for skin test positive people progressing to TB

Respirology, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine 

Darcy Marciniuk 

A,B,C,D,E

Masters, PhD

COPD; Exercise phsyiology in health and disease, Knowledge transfer, Pulmonary rehabilitation

Respirology, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine

Veronica Marcoux

B,C,E

Residents

Interstitial lung disease

Respirology, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine

Erika Penz

B,C,D

Masters, PhD, Residents

General Respirology, COPD, Sarcoidosis, Health Economics

Respirology, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine

Robert Skomro

A,B,D

Masters, PhD, Residents 

Sleep disorders, Sleep apnea, Patient care pathways, Knowledge translation

Respirology, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine

Chung-Chun (Anderson) Tyan

A,B,C

Residents

Clinical research interests include lung cancer diagnostic and staging, minimal invasive airway intervention, pleural disease, mediastinal adenopathy, and bronchoscopy. Biomedical research interests include development and translation of bronchoscopic tools. Quality improvement interest include patient access to health care, procedure safety, and strategy for medical therapy adherence.

Rheumatology

Bindu Nair

B,C,D,E

Masters, PhD, Residents

My research interests include inflammatory arthritis, comorbidity, rheumatic disease epidemiology and health services research.

Rheumatology 

Wojciech Olszynski

A,B,C,D,E

Masters, PhD, Residents

Osteoporosis and arthritis studies, fibromyalgia

Rheumatology

Jodi Reis

A,B,C,D,E

Residents

Osteoporosis, Spondyloarthritis, Quality assurance, models of care, Inflammatory arthritis 

Rheumatology

Regina Taylor-Gjevre

B,C,D,E

Masters, PhD, Residents

Rheumatoid arthritis, comorbidities, epidemiology, health care service delivery

Research Resources

Research in the Department of Medicine is facilitated by a Research Committee headed by Dr. Josh Lawson and a research facilitator, Dr. Ozlem Sari. Masud Rana provides biostatistical support for faculty and residents.

Ozlem Sari, PhD - Research Facilitator

Ozlem supports faculty by

  • Identifying research funding sources and opportunities
  • Assisting in application and proposal development, including advice in budgeting and project management,
  • Review and editing of funding applications or manuscripts for publication,
  • Identifying potential research collaborators and resources,
  • Helping junior researchers form appropriate mentoring relationships towards establishing a strong research career

If you have any research related questions, contact:

Masud Rana, PhD candidate - Biostatistician
Rana supports faculty members and residents for all statistical aspects of a project, including
  • Sample size or power calculation
  • Statistical analysis plan development
  • Performing complex statistical analysis
  • Interpretation and publication of research results
  • Reporting interim and final analyses results

Drop in office hours RUH Rm 3648 Fridays 10am - 2pm 
or
Fill in the Research Support Intake Form and email  to Rana.  

Ozlem Sari

Ozlem Sari, PhD
Research Facilitator
Room 1230 Health Sciences E-Wing
306-966-6648

Rana Masud

Masud Rana, PhD candidate
Biostatistician
Room 3648 Royal University Hospital 
306-844-1185

Research Events

Feb 27, 2020 noon - 1pm
Sex and Gender in Health Research and Grant Applications
Erin Prosser-Loose, PhD, Research Equity and Diversity Specialist, College of Medicine 
Anderson Room (2723.1 RUH - next to link to E-Wing of Health Sciences Building)
WebEx is available. Contact Ozlem for more information. 

Save the Dates

PGY 1 Case Presentations
Tuesday April 21, 11:30am – 3:30pm

PGY 1 Case Presentations
Tuesday April 28, 11 :30 – 3 :30

PGY 2 & 3 Poster / Podium Presentations
Friday May 1, 2020

Residents Banquet
May 1, 2020