Sophisticated tools enable USask researchers to advance water security, human health

Three University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers have been awarded $430,000 in total by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to help purchase cutting-edge equipment that ...

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Class of 2024 Begins their MPT Journey

By: CATHY ARNOLD

The School of Rehabilitation Science welcomed 40 new students into the Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) program on August 24.

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USask-led research team aims to develop vaccines for prion diseases

By: COLLEEN MACPHERSON FOR RESEARCH PROFILE AND IMPACT

Even Dr. Scott Napper (PhD) uses words such as scary when describing the focus of his research—a group of diseases caused when otherwise innocuous proteins go rogue, creating condi...

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Bruna Bonavia-Fisher: Invaluable Facilitator

By: Kristen McEwen

Faculty members within the biomedical sciences departments voiced their enthusiastic support to nominate invaluable research facilitator Bruna Bonavia-Fisher in the Create-it categ...

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Young Innovators: USask researcher says pain assessment tools can be more inclusive

By: Brooke Kleiboer

Have you ever been asked to rate your pain on a scale of one to 10? Or been shown a chart with different cartoon emoticons, where you are asked to choose one to describe your pain ...

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USask’s Dr. Vivian Ramsden (PhD) elected Canadian Academy of Health Sciences Fellow

University of Saskatchewan (USask) researcher Dr. Vivian Ramsden (PhD) will be inducted today as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS), one of the highest hono...

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University update on the tragedy at James Smith Cree Nation and Weldon

In the aftermath of this past weekend’s tragic violence at James Smith Cree Nation and Weldon, the university continues to carefully monitor the developing situation.

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Statement on the tragedy at James Smith Cree Nation and Weldon

The tragic acts of violence this past weekend at James Smith Cree Nation and the village of Weldon will have a profound impact on our province and our country.

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Cathy Cuddington: Advocacy in Action

By: AMANDA WORONIUK

In the spring, the College of Medicine sent out a call for nominations for awards to recognize staff members at the college who go above and beyond.

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USask research informing decision on national school food program

As you fret over lunches to send with your child to school, consider that Canada is the only G-7 nation—and one of only a few countries in the Organization for Economic Co-operatio...

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USask research teams to test treatments for eliminating HIV infection, fibrotic diseases

Research to explore the effectiveness of innovative targeted treatments for HIV infections, and the use of protein therapy to break down fibrous scar tissue are two of five new Uni...

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Regrowing nerves, understanding severe period pain are focus of new USask research

Investigating the effectiveness of intermittent low oxygen therapy for nerve regeneration and increasing health professionals’ understanding of menstrual pain in female youth are t...

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New research on the risks of lead exposure from bullets used in big game hunting

By: Greg Basky

For the first time, researchers have used synchrotron imaging to study both the size and spread of bullet fragments in big game shot by hunters.

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USask alum named president of Canadian Medical Association

By: University Communications

On August 21, 2022, University of Saskatchewan (USask) alum Dr. Alika Lafontaine (MD’06) was named president of the Canadian Medical Association, and is the first Indigenous leader...

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Stephanie Kehrig: Living our Values

By: Kristen McEwen

In the spring, the College of Medicine sent out a call for nominations for awards to recognize staff members at the college who go above and beyond.

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USask researchers studying zebrafish to get to the heart of your heartbeat

By: MATT OLSON FOR RESEARCH PROFILE AND IMPACT

A research team at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) has been awarded a national grant to study genetically modified fish to gain a better understanding of how a human heart b...

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Bold USask projects aim to advance MS therapy, agriculture innovation

Three interdisciplinary health and agriculture projects led by University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers have been awarded $250,000 each under a federal program that aims to f...

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Pewaseskwan at USask to work with The Key First Nation and Yorkton Tribal Council on researching heart disease and Kennedy’s Disease

Pewaseskwan Indigenous Wellness Research Group (pewaseskwan) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) has partnered with The Key First Nation and the Yorkton Tribal Council to sup...

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College of Medicine Regina campus kicks-off academic year offering complete MD degree, campus expansion

By: Amanda Symynuk

The University of Saskatchewan (USask) College of Medicine Regina Campus welcomed its first cohort of Year 1 students on Aug. 3.

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USask researcher examines how our bodies regulate water

By: BROOKE KLEIBOER

You’re outside exercising in the sun and find yourself suddenly covered in sweat. Obviously, you are losing water. So how does your body retain enough water to keep its internal op...

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Saskatchewan to launch new medical oncology residency program

REGINA – Medical residents interested in cancer care will have the opportunity to train at home for the first time in Saskatchewan’s history.

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Using CBD Oil to Treat Severe Epilepsy in Children, with Dr. Richard Huntsman

By: Researchers Under the Scope

As a pediatric neurologist, Dr. Richard Huntsman sees children with the most medically complex forms of epilepsy.

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Back to the land: USask Wellness Wheel developing peer mentor network to address community health needs

By: Amanda Symynuk

The Wellness Wheel mobile medical clinic, led by University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers, is working with peer mentors to identify and effectively address community healthca...

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Bridges: Women's health top of mind for Myranda Reimer

By: Bre McAdam | Saskatoon StarPhoenix

I'm always questioning things; I'm always looking for meaning. I think that just naturally motivates me to keep going," says Reimer, a women's health physiotherapist with a focus o...

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USask teams to establish research programs to better understand and treat serious diseases

University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers have received more than $930,000 in provincial funding support from the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) for research a...

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New assistant dean to strengthen mentorship program in Graduate Studies

By: Kristen McEwen

As a University of Saskatchewan (USask) biomedical sciences professor and researcher, Dr. Erique Lukong (PhD) strives to provide and encourage strong mentorship for graduate stude...

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USask College of Medicine alumni supporting Ukraine

By: Amanda Woroniuk

Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February, an outpouring of humanitarian assistance has come from around the world to support Ukrainian refugees and displaced individuals. ...

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Interim Vice-Dean Indigenous Health ‘optimistic’ in developing new division

By: Kristen McEwen

Building a new division in the University of Saskatchewan (USask) College of Medicine will be challenging, but it’s an aspect of the new role Dr. Janet Tootoosis (MD’99) is anticip...

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Five USask alumni awarded 2022 Saskatchewan Order of Merit

USask graduates have been recognized with the province’s highest honour.

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Patient-oriented research in Saskatchewan receives $25.2 million in support

The Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research (SCPOR) based from the University of Saskatchewan (USask) has entered a second phase of operation, thanks to a $12.6-million g...

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Saskatchewan HIV, HCV education program continuing at USask College of Medicine

The University of Saskatchewan (USask) College of Medicine’s Division of Continuing Medical Education (CME) has taken over the delivery of education on human immunodeficiency virus...

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Pewaseskwan at USask signs MOU with SFNWC to support research with Indigenous women

The Saskatchewan First Nations Women’s Commission (SFNWC) at the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) and pewaseskwan—the Indigenous Wellness Research Group (IWRG) at ...

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USask researchers awarded NSERC funding for future innovation in science, health and engineering

University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers in diverse disciplines were awarded over $7 million in federal government grant funding.

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The LGBTQ2S+ Bursary in Undergraduate Medicine: A First for the College of Medicine

By: Steph Bodnar, College of Medicine Advancement

The creation of a bursary that recognizes a group you feel strongly about is one of the most effective ways you can leave a legacy for generations to come. It’s a way to support a ...

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Hot-boxing Rats and Brain Neuroscience, with Dr. Robert Laprairie

By: Researchers Under the Scope

Researchers in Robert Laprairie's laboratory are hard to miss, wearing tie-dyed lab coats as they oversee mice and lab rats in iPad-sized chambers filled with cannabis smoke.

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Black student makes history graduating from USask biomedical neuroscience program

By: Kristen McEwen

As Oyin Magbadelo was finishing up her classes to complete her Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Biomedical Neuroscience, a friend pointed out that Magbadelo achieved more than her degr...

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USask OB-GYN alumni build their practice in Regina

By: Amanda Symynuk

For Drs. Erin Kot and Jackie Ferguson, graduates of University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) Medical Doctor (MD) and Obstetrics and Gynecology programs, building their clinic in Regina...

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Provincial Emergency Medicine Journal Club encourages collaboration between residents, physicians

By: Kristen McEwen

As provincial head of the Department of Emergency Medicine, one of Dr. James Stempien’s (MD) goals is to encourage front-line emergency medicine (EM) providers to communicate with ...

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Dr. Ivar Mendez: The Robot Will See You Now

By: Researchers Under the Scope

Dr. Ivar Mendez is one of the world's leading experts in neuroscience and robotics, neuromodulation, and remote medicine.

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USask Métis medical student realizing lifelong dream of becoming family physician

By: Kristen McEwen

Since she was a kid, Hanna Dunnigan has always had an internal drive to help people.

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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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