A recipe for success: USask researchers champion improved MS care with a ‘local flavour’

Multiple sclerosis (MS), which affects one in 3,000 Saskatchewan residents, is an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system that disrupts how information flows from the b...

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USask researcher examines link of genetic mutation and immune systems to blood cancers

University of Saskatchewan (USask) research findings published in Cell Reports examine how a genetic mutation affects the body’s immune system response to viruses and its link to t...

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USask mentorship program supports professional development for new physicians in Saskatchewan

A new multi-year provincial mentorship program will support the professional development needs of all new physicians in Saskatchewan who are in their first five years of practice.

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New project studying connection between Indigenous mental health and housing promises to help people in Saskatchewan and abroad  

By: GREG BASKY FOR USASK COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

Shortly after Dr. Jim Dosman (MD) came to the College of Medicine in 1975, he began studying the link between farm dust and lung health.

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Game-Changer: Dr. Deborah Anderson on Triple Negative Breast Cancer

By: RESEARCHERS UNDER THE SCOPE

A profile of one of Saskatchewan’s top cancer researchers

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Advancing the role of simulation in medical education

By: AMANDA WORONIUK

At the beginning of the pandemic, simulation training was employed to prepare health care professionals for critical events. There was also more interest among this group in using ...

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Vice-Dean Indigenous Health position created at USask College of Medicine

The College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) has hired its first vice-dean Indigenous Health. The position was created to bring Indigenous health and issues mo...

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Researchers at USask providing Indigenous leadership in $5M grant for national heart failure research network

By: Sarah MacDonald

Leading Indigenous researchers at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) will play a critical role in a new national, patient-driven network addressing the challenges of heart fail...

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The Drs. Shashi and Pravesh Suri Awards in Undergraduate Medicine: An Ambition Realized

By: STEPH BODNAR

Two Regina physicians were inspired to make a difference for medical students.

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USask research reveals pandemic had negative impact on mental health of Sask. children, youth

By: Kristen McEwen

Nearly 40 per cent of children and youth in Saskatchewan reported their mental health was worse compared to the beginning of the pandemic, according to survey results published by ...

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USask research team to establish community-informed program to help smokers quit

By: Kristen McEwen

A University of Saskatchewan (USask) research team is creating a provincial program framework to help community organizations better implement smoking cessation programs. The commu...

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Triple Negative Breast Cancer: Chandra Dattani’s story

By: Researchers Under the Scope

Chandra Dattani's smile lit up the room, and her laughter was contagious.

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USask, provincial government to increase support for internationally trained family physicians

Rural and remote Saskatchewan communities will benefit from an increased number of internationally trained family physicians through additional provincial funding to the Saskatchew...

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USask research plays role in developing space radiation experiments for NASA Artemis I mission

By: BROOKE KLEIBOER

USask research plays role in developing space radiation experiments for NASA Artemis I mission

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USask teams funded to breathe new life into lung health research

Three transdisciplinary research teams from the University of Saskatchewan (USask) have been awarded almost $350,000 to discover solutions to lung health challenges.

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'I'm Going To Do This': with Dr. Veronica McKinney

By: Researchers Under the Scope

When Veronica McKinney was a little girl, she vividly remembers going to the Saskatoon Public Library, borrowing a Time-Life book about the human body.

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New vision for USask MD degree admissions process

The University of Saskatchewan (USask) College of Medicine is making important changes to its medical doctor admissions approach to draw more applicants who reflect Saskatchewan’s ...

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New USask-led training program to improve care for people with substance use disorders

Individuals struggling with substance use disorders will now have greater access to improved care, thanks to a new training program for health care professionals. The provincial go...

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USask-led multi-disciplinary team helping to develop strategy for virtual care

Internationally renowned virtual care pioneer Dr. Ivar Mendez (MD, PhD) of the University of Saskatchewan (USask) and the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) is leading a large gro...

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USask HR team initiates anti-racism education program

By: James Shewaga

Keiran Killick couldn’t help but feel more than a little uncomfortable when he first began anti-racism education at the University of Saskatchewan (USask).

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USask-led study aims to provide guide to ‘build back better’ after pandemic

A large interdisciplinary team led by two University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers, which is collaborating with community service agencies in Saskatoon and Regina, has been a...

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Chicago Med

By: DEREK TIESSEN

Dr. Sherine Gabriel (MD’82), proud College of Medicine alumna and current President of Rush University in Chicago, has been named a 2022 recipient of the prestigious University of ...

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USask teams awarded $600,000 to find innovative solutions to addictions

University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers have been awarded more than $600,000 to catalyze innovative ideas and move research into real-world settings in the face of the growi...

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Preparing for the next pandemic: USask microbiologist

By: Kristen McEwen

Though COVID-19 is still prevalent and impacting the health care system, the experience provides a learning opportunity to prepare for the next global virus.

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Physician in the field: Niels Koehncke on the 'flip side' of medicine

By: Researchers Under the Scope

Most patients at a hospital or a clinic walk in sick. Doctors do their best to treat their ailments.

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The inspiration behind Dr. William Ahlijah’s Memorial Clinical Excellence Award

By: STEPH BODNAR

Establishing a memorial award is a great way to commemorate someone who changed the community for the better, made an impact on your life or holds a special place in your heart.

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USask researchers track multi-species transmission in world first

By: Jeanette Neufeld

A team of University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers have cracked a multi-species mystery, documenting the flow of a common canine pathogen from a dog to a human.

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World Sleep Day: Why we should make sleep a priority

By: Kristen McEwen

Sleep is one of the most important routines to maintain to keep the rest of your life balanced.

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Community-driven: graduate researchers make a difference

By: Researchers Under the Scope

To spread hope and cheer in Saskatoon, the Office of the Vice-Dean of Research typically runs a charitable donation campaign at the end of each year, during the Christmas break.

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Federal funding invested in research that will build cancer prevention tools rooted in Métis culture

A University of Saskatchewan (USask) researcher has been awarded more than $175,000 from three major funding bodies to support a project that seeks to lower cancer rates of Métis p...

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USask study finds dog therapy can reduce ER patients’ pain and anxiety

By: USask Research Profile and Impact

University of Saskatchewan (USask) research shows therapy dogs can help reduce pain and improve well-being for people treated in emergency rooms.

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Seven USask alumni honoured with Achievement Awards

The University of Saskatchewan (USask) has announced the 2022 winners of the Alumni Achievement Awards, one of the university’s highest honours.

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Matches Made in Medicine: Drs. Shanna and Mark Fenton

By: DEREK TIESSEN

Matches Made in Medicine is a four-part series highlighting College of Medicine alumni couples who found love through medicine.

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Black History Month: The life and times of one of USask's first Black students

By: James Shewaga

He would go on to have a celebrated career as a doctor spanning five decades of service on two continents.

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USask collaboration key to research funding success

By: Jeanette Neufeld

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has awarded $810,000 over five years to a diverse team of University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers who are embarking on an a...

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USask researchers collaborate with Indigenous communities to address health inequities with new federal funding

Two University of Saskatchewan (USask) research teams have been awarded more than $2.8 million in federal funding to address systemic inequities in the lives of Indigenous people i...

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Matches Made in Medicine: Drs. Marilynn Cooper and Brian Gushulak

By: DEREK TIESSEN

Matches Made in Medicine is a four-part series highlighting College of Medicine alumni couples, who found love at medical school. Each week in February, a new alumni couple will be...

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USask researchers target prostate cancer cells to develop new treatments

By: AMANDA WORONIUK

Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer for men in Canada. Two University of Saskatchewan (USask) investigators are hoping their research will identify targets that lead ...

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USask selects three new signature areas of research

By: Research Profile and Impact

Researchers embrace exploration — responding to emerging questions and needs as they arise in the pursuit of new knowledge. The renewal process for the University of Saskatchewan’s...

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Dr. Alex Wong on Sask's rush to drop Covid rules

By: Researchers Under the Scope

As Saskatchewan drops its proof-of-vaccine requirements and masking orders, doctors and nurses are angry and frustrated, as they care for record numbers of COVID patients.

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Black History Month: McDuffie family made its mark at USask

By: James Shewaga

Dr. Norman McDuffie (PhD) may not have thought of himself as a trailblazer or pioneer in his field, but his efforts forged a new path for Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BI...

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Matches Made in Medicine: Drs. Patrice Pollock and Matt Schubert

By: DEREK TIESSEN

Matches Made in Medicine is a four-part series highlighting College of Medicine alumni couples, who found love at medical school. Each week in February, a new alumni couple will be...

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USask-City of Saskatoon study finds ways to divert edible food from landfill

Diverting edible items from the landfill to improve food security is an easy cause to support. Removing the barriers to make it happen, however, can be complicated.

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What it's like to be a patient actor in a medical school

By: Amanda Symynuk

Three simulated patients talk about their experiences in helping medical students practice their skills while training to become physicians.

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Matches Made in Medicine: Drs. Norwood and Lois Kavanagh

By: Derek Tiessen

Matches Made in Medicine is a four-part series highlighting College of Medicine alumni couples, who found love at medical school. Each week in February, a new alumni couple will be...

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USask researchers: The post-pandemic legacy of COVID-19

By: James Shewaga

From the lingering effects of long COVID on patients, to the long-term impacts of an overburdened health-care system, University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers are concerned a...

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Pathology professor recognized with lifetime achievement award

By: Kristen McEwen

After significant contributions and dedication to a career of cancer research, Dr. Rajendra K. Sharma (SOM, PhD, DSc, FRSA) has been recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award by...

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Rewards of teaching and research go beyond sharper clinical skills for USask medical faculty

By: Greg Basky for USask College of Medicine

Dr. Rob Woods (MD) recalls working a shift with a fifth-year emergency medicine resident about a year ago. A new staff physician who’d been a resident the year before was just fini...

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Phantom Power: Audrey Zucker-Levin on Artificial Limbs

By: Researchers Under the Scope

Audrey Zucker-Levin estimates it's been more than 30 years since she first poked her head into a researcher's office at New York City's Hospital for Special Surgery.

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USask study finds post-surgical monoclonal antibody treatment reduces breast cancer recurrence

Treating women diagnosed with one type of early-stage breast cancer with the monoclonal antibody trastuzumab after surgery reduces the risk of the cancer returning, reports a resea...

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USask sponsors inaugural Canadian Black Scientists Network BE-STEMM Conference

The Canadian Black Scientists Network (CBSN) is hosting the first annual Black Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Medicine and Health (BE-STEMM) conferenc...

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USask researchers see virtual reality as way to build anesthesiology skills in physicians

By: Kristen McEwen

University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers are looking to virtual reality as a tool to help refresh anesthesia skills for rural physicians.

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Fighting Omicron requires boosters: USask health and epidemiology expert

By: University Communications

As we continue to face Omicron, the latest COVID-19 variant of concern, many are wondering about immunity and booster shots.

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Internationally recognized Parkinson’s disease researcher honoured with Achievement Award

By: Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation

The Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) announced the winners of the 18th annual Santé Awards to celebrate top health scientists in the province.

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The Kids Are Not All Right, with Ayisha Kurji

By: Researchers Under the Scope

Dr. Ayisha Kurji first noticed the uptick in children and teens being admitted to hospital in the spring of 2020. Some had cardiovascular damage. Some had gastrointestinal issues. ...

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Disrupting COVID-19 with potential new treatments: USask research

SASKATOON – A University of Saskatchewan (USask) research team has discovered insights into the structure of the virus that causes COVID-19, possibly leading to new treatment optio...

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USask virtual education supports health-care workers during pandemic

By: Amanda Woroniuk

In the early days of the pandemic, the College of Medicine’s Division of Continuing Medical Education (CME) quickly became a go-to resource for health-care professionals, offering ...

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Behind BRK, biochemistry and breast cancer: Dr. Erique Lukong

By: RESEARCHERS UNDER THE SCOPE

Dr. Erique Lukong (PhD) grins, pointing to two bracelets on his wrist. One is inscribed with the word 'focus'; the other 'believe'. 

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Creating a legacy: Nancy and Charles Weisdorff

By: Amanda Woroniuk

For Nancy and Charles Weisdorff, supporting the College of Medicine was inspired by their own health challenges.

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USask researchers tackle health issues raised by COVID-19 

As the pandemic rolls through another year, University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers continue to seek out timely responses to the crisis based on scientific discovery. 

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Prep & Support: College prepares faculty, supports health system during pandemic

By: Greg Basky for USask College of Medicine

Dr. John Froh (MD) says the response from Saskatchewan physicians to a skills enhancement program developed by the College of Medicine’s Continuing Medical Education (CME) team sho...

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An award that comes full circle

By: Jana Al-Sagheer

Barb Smith, administrative assistant in the Department of Academic Family Medicine, is the recipient of the 2021 Sydney Inskip Service Award.

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Dr. Cory Neudorf: A public health perspective

By: AMANDA WORONIUK

Dr. Cory Neudorf (MD’89) has called COVID-19 the biggest professional challenge of his career. As a public health physician and epidemiologist, he has spent his career devoted to h...

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USask researchers among top scientists cited worldwide in Stanford list

On a recently published list, more than 130 University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers were featured prominently among the world’s top scientists, social scientists and academi...

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Growing postgraduate medical education to meet Saskatchewan health-care needs

By: GREG BASKY FOR USASK COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

Dr. Preston Smith (MD) likes to remind people that medicine is unlike any other field—because learners graduate fully equipped to start practice the next day.

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Supporting mental health in northern Saskatchewan communities during COVID-19

By: Kristen McEwen

In Saskatchewan’s northern communities, COVID-19 has exacerbated the gaps in health care, including mental health. This became even more apparent during the pandemic with overall l...

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Treating diabetes with black bag medicine: Dr. Stu Skinner

By: RESEARCHERS UNDER THE SCOPE

Without a car, without childcare, without a grocery store, a pharmacy, or a place to get blood work done, how does a person with diabetes in rural Saskatchewan keep their disease i...

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USask biomedical researcher investigating what makes COVID-19 variants more infectious

By: Kristen McEwen

A University of Saskatchewan (USask) biomedical scientist is leading a research team in investigating how COVID-19 variants function and interact with a host’s cells.

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Pandemic worsens opioid crisis in Sask.

By: Kate Blau

For people struggling with opioid and other addictions, COVID-19 hit swiftly with devastating results.

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USask researchers pave the way to accessible health care for those with inflammatory bowel disease

University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers from the College of Nursing and the College of Medicine are collaborating to improve the virtual care experiences of patients with in...

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Pewaseskwan at USask signs MOU with FSIN to create research alliance

The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) and pewaseskwan—the Indigenous Wellness Research Group (IWRG) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask)—have signed a memorand...

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Slips, trips and spills: preventing falls with Dr. Cathy Arnold

By: Researchers Under the Scope

For senior citizens, fracturing a hip is more often than not a life-changing injury.

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Upcoming conference on HIV and hepatitis C vital to addressing rising rates in Saskatchewan

Pewaseskwan - the Indigenous Wellness Research Group based in the University of Saskatchewan (USask) College of Medicine, is hosting the Sask Stories Provincial Conference on HIV a...

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The Pride of Saskatchewan: Dr. James M. Campbell (MED’31)

By: DEREK TIESSEN

One Saskatchewan alumnus applied his medical expertise to serve overseas during the Second World War.

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Indigenous virtual conference to highlight lessons learned from COVID-19 to address viral hepatitis

The organizing committee of the World Indigenous Peoples’ Conference on Viral Hepatitis is hosting a virtual conference about lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic by global I...

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Who is avoiding the COVID-19 vaccine in Saskatchewan? New USask research could help to target the holdouts

University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers have been studying why Saskatchewanians have been refusing or hesitating to get vaccinated for COVID-19.

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Dr. Scott McLeod: A lifetime of service

By: DEREK TIESSEN

Dr. Scott McLeod (MD'93) has never been one to shy away from an opportunity. After receiving his biochemistry degree in his hometown of Regina, McLeod journeyed north to pursue a m...

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USask assistant professor serving his country

By: James Shewaga

Major Dr. Nabeel Samad (MD) doesn’t know when the order will come, but the University of Saskatchewan (USask) assistant professor is anxiously awaiting the day he is called to duty...

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Unchanged over two decades: Marek Radomski calls for boost to biomedical spending

By: Researchers Under the Scope

Dr. Marek Radomski says research pays off, in attracting dollars to post-secondary institutions, in creating healthier citizens, and in lowering health costs.

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USask physical therapy graduate inspired by family

By: Amanda Woroniuk

For Enzo Yutuc, the decision to pursue physical therapy was inspired by his grandmother’s battle with Parkinson’s disease, and seeing the way the illness impacted her.

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USask research aims to increase cervical cancer screenings with at-home HPV testing

By: Kristen McEwen

A USask researcher has received $280,000 for a pilot project intended to lower and remove barriers to cervical cancer screening for women living in under-served or remote areas.

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USask researchers take steps to develop new multiple sclerosis treatments

Research from a University of Saskatchewan (USask) College of Medicine team will help develop medications that can inhibit the nerve cell damage that occurs due to diseases such as...

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USask surgeon nationally recognized for educational excellence

By: Kristen McEwen

University of Saskatchewan (USask) surgeon Dr. Trustin Domes (MD, MEd) has been awarded the John Provan Outstanding Surgical Educator Award.

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USask to celebrate distinguished honorary degree recipients

By: University Communications

The University of Saskatchewan (USask) will honour two individuals who have made major contributions to their communities and the country, with special tributes during this year’s ...

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Wearing a surgical face mask as protection from COVID-19 does not affect performance of youth hockey players: USask study

A University of Saskatchewan (USask) research team has found that wearing face masks to protect against COVID-19 during play does not affect the sport performance of youth hockey p...

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Science with an armchair and a drink: Julia Boughner and Café Scientifique

By: Researchers Under the Scope

Julia Boughner knows primates carry a deep-seated instinct to gather together.

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USask researcher named recipient of AGE-WELL Honorary Fellow Award

Dr. Carrie Bourassa (PhD) has been named one of two recipients of the 2021 AGE-WELL Honorary Fellow Awards.

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USask research, published in major journal, contributes to understanding of Cystic Fibrosis

By: USask Research Profile and Impact

Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) are hopeful new understanding of cellular defects related to Cystic Fibrosis (CF) could help pave the way for treatment of the...

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Michael Levin and the race to reverse MS neurodegeneration

By: Researchers Under the Scope

Dr Michael Levin is a neuroscientist unravelling the mysteries of nerve degeneration in Multiple Sclerosis patients.

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USask events planned for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

The University of Saskatchewan community is observing September 30, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, to commemorate the impact of residential schools in Canada.

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USask researchers awarded more than $4.45 million for six health-related projects

A pair of University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers will receive in excess of $2.4 million for two projects using Indigenous ways of being and doing to influence change in the...

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Young Innovators: USask researcher crosses biological boundaries to discover insights into multiple sclerosis

By: Brooke Kleiboer

PhD candidate Cole Libner and his research team have tackled the question of how to decelerate or halt the devastating neurodegeneration caused by MS.

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USask’s revamped biomedical sciences program proves popular with students

By: Shannon Boklaschuk

The revamped biomedical sciences (BMSC) degree program at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) is attracting significant attention from prospective students from around the world...

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Training doctors for southeastern Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan’s residency training program is being expanded in the southeastern part of the province, the Department of Academic Family Medicine (DAFM) within the University of Sas...

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What I Did Last Summer: Kyra Ives on neuromuscular disease

By: Researchers Under the Scope

One of the trickiest parts of treating patients with neuromuscular diseases such as Parkinson's and Multiple Sclerosis is figuring out how to keep them active and moving.

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Distributed medical education boosts number of rural doctors

By: Greg Basky for USask College of Medicine

In her third year of medical school back in 2018-19, Lindsay Richels spent 10 months in Estevan as part of the first cohort of the Saskatchewan Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (S...

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