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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USask researchers, Ovarian Cancer Canada and Province of Saskatchewan team up to improve testing and treatment options

A University of Saskatchewan (USask) project will create the province’s only tumour bank and—for the first time in Canada—offer ovarian cancer patients testing to learn if biologic...

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USask researcher named a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

By: USask Research Profile and Impact

University of Saskatchewan (USask) researcher Dr. Malcolm King (PhD) has been named a fellow in one of Canada’s oldest and most prestigious national institutions.

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USask research discovers that concussion recovery times may be longer than previously known

A University of Saskatchewan (USask) research team has identified that concussion recovery can take much longer than many people think, due to a series of biological events followi...

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USask research team aims to predict aging-related diseases, Alzheimer’s disease

By: Kristen McEwen

A University of Saskatchewan (USask) research team is investigating a gene variant that could be used as a blood test marker to anticipate aging diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disea...

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What I Did Last Summer: Christianne Blais on corticosteroid research

By: Researchers Under the Scope

Taking a daily puffer with inhaled corticosteroids is a given for millions of people who have eosinophilic asthma.

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USask research team finds new potential path to combat aggressive cancers

University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers have uncovered a potential new pathway to fight rapidly growing, oxygen-starved cancerous tumours, including an aggressive form of br...

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USask medical student part of an inspiring new generation of health leaders and innovators

University of Saskatchewan third-year medical student Amira Muftah has been selected to receive the 2021 Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) Award.

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USask researcher uses innovative imaging techniques to determine blood clot composition

By: BROOKE KLEIBOER

An innovative new project by a U of S graduate student used synchrotron-based imaging techniques to examine what blood clots are made of.

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What I Did Last Summer: Cutting C-section infections with Belma Kamencic

By: Researchers Under the Scope

Did you know our podcast host, Jen Quesnel, has undergone two Caesarian sections -- lifesaving interventions that deliver babies safely. She's not alone.

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USask research labs to get new, souped-up equipment, thanks to major federal funding

Four University of Saskatchewan (USask) research teams have been awarded nearly $678,000 by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) for equipment and labs to support leading-edg...

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Research reveals extraordinary rates of rare neuromuscular disorder in Indigenous people in Saskatchewan

By: Sarah MacDonald

Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) and University of Calgary have found unusually high rates of Spinal Bulbar Muscular Atrophy, also known as Kennedy’s Disease, ...

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What I Did Last Summer: Shivani Tauh and End-of-Life care

By: Researchers Under the Scope

Highlights from undergraduate summer research projects at the University of Saskatchewan's College of Medicine

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Number of First Nations people living with IBD in Saskatchewan has doubled

By: RACHEL SLOANE

SASKATOON – The number of First Nations people in Saskatchewan living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) more than doubled from 1999 to 2016, according to research recently publ...

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Shishkin serving as physiotherapist for Olympic basketball team

By: JAMES SHEWAGA

She has been to the Pan-Am Games, Commonwealth Games and the World University Games, but this month Rhonda Shishkin (PT'95) gets to experience the pinnacle of sport.

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Building health care leaders at the College of Medicine

By: Kristen McEwen

After months of work and collaboration, a USask College of Medicine (CoM) employee has received the Certified Health Executive (CHE) designation to help guide the college and bette...

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Physician, heal thyself: Doctors’ mental health suffers during pandemic

By: Researchers Under the Scope

Physicians in Saskatchewan saw their own rates of depression and anxiety soar as they worked to treat patients during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Grant funds community-engaged diabetes research

By: AMANDA WORONIUK

A College of Medicine research team is improving health care for individuals with diabetes in Regina and nearby Indigenous communities, thanks to a Research Connections grant from ...

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USask research: Improving cardiac surgery recovery

By: KRISTEN MCEWEN

A multidisciplinary University of Saskatchewan (USask) research team is working to improve recovery for patients of cardiac surgery when faced with limited health care resources du...

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USask College of Medicine campus in Regina set to expand

SASKATOON – The University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) College of Medicine will expand its teaching and learning presence in Regina in August 2022 when that campus will become home t...

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SHRF announces $720,000 in funding support for USask early-career researchers to address health challenges

By: USask Research Profile and Impact

Six University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers will tackle a wide variety of health challenges—from developing new therapeutics for cancer to creating a culturally responsive r...

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College of Medicine Statement on Dr. Francis Christian

A statement from the College of Medicine

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A light touch: Dr. Katherine Knox on Multiple Sclerosis research

By: Researchers Under the Scope

When Dr. Katherine Knox first arrived in Saskatchewan more than two decades ago, the province covered one prescription drug for patients with multiple sclerosis.

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First Indigenous neurologist graduates from Saskatchewan

By: Kristen McEwen

One of the country’s newest neurologists is Dr. Landon Perlett (MD’15), a Métis man from rural Saskatchewan. He is also the first Indigenous neurologist to graduate from the Colleg...

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President's Statement on National Indigenous Peoples Day

Today is June 21st, National Indigenous Peoples Day—the day we recognize and honour the rich and diverse history, cultures, and achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis acros...

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New USask-based Indigenous centre for research on HIV, HCV and STBBI launches in Saskatoon

By: Sarah MacDonald and Creeden Martell, waniska Centre communications

A new regional centre for Indigenous research on HIV, Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) and sexually transmitted blood-borne illness (STBBI), based at the University of Saskatchewan (USask),...

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USask researchers awarded over $5 million in NSERC Discovery Grants

By: USask Research Profile and Impact

University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers have been awarded nearly $5.7 million from Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council’s (NSERC) Discovery Grants Prog...

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USask faculty recognized for exemplary teamwork

By: RESEARCH PROFILE AND IMPACT

The University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) Office of the Vice-President Research has honoured two recipients, Dr. Pamela Downe (PhD) and Dr. Carrie Bourassa (PhD), and their respecti...

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Regina faculty members honoured as YWCA Women of Distinction

By: AMANDA WORONIUK

Two College of Medicine faculty received Nutrien Women of Distinction Awards at YWCA Regina’s virtual awards gala on May 29. These awards honour women for their community contribut...

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Smartphone survey to collect Saskatchewan residents’ perception of COVID-19

By: Nykole King

Saskatchewan residents can give input about COVID-19 public health measures by using their smartphones to respond to a series of five-minute surveys.

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'In a war zone': Dr. Alex Wong looks back at the Covid-19 pandemic

By: Researchers Under the Scope

In personal protective equipment, beard shaved under his N95 mask, Dr. Alexander Wong remembered forcing himself to hide his fear, as he treated his first Covid-19 patients.

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Investment in 'hungry young wolves' yielding dividends

By: Greg Basky for USask College of Medicine

In 2016, the health of health research at the USask College of Medicine was failing. The school occupied the bottom rung in the Maclean’s university rankings for medical and scienc...

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AstraZeneca second dose: Should I get the same vaccine or choose Pfizer or Moderna?

By: Dr. Alexander Wong

Many people have questions about the changing guidelines for the use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine. Here are some answers from University of Saskatchewan (USask) infectious dis...

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Gomez-Picos pursues PhD in a pandemic

By: Amanda Woroniuk

For many Saskatchewan residents, a trip to a tropical destination is a winter ritual. But Dr. Patsy Gomez-Picos (PhD) traded in the mild temperatures of Mexico and moved to Canada ...

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USask researchers funded to tackle MS, osteoporosis, and plant health

Three interdisciplinary, multi-institutional projects led by University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers have each been awarded $250,000 over two years under a federal funding p...

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Statement on burial site found at former residential school in Kamloops

A statement from Vice-Provost, Indigenous Engagement Dr. Jacqueline Ottmann.<br/><br/>

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Health studies degree prepares new USask graduate for further education in medicine

By: Shannon Boklaschuk

When Rachel Silverberg became a University of Saskatchewan (USask) student in 2017, she knew she wanted to eventually study medicine.<br/><br/>

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’Good Troublemaker': Manuela Valle-Castro roots out bias in medicine

By: Researchers Under the Scope

Manuela Valle-Castro remembers growing up in a home where social justice was frequently part of the dinner-table conversation.

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Graduating medical student ready to start residency

By: Kristen McEwen

Fourth-year Regina-based medical student Balsam Arwini has always been interested in learning about science and advocating on the behalf of others.

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The inventor: Ron Geyer harnesses the power of nature, to fight disease

By: Researchers Under the Scope

Dr. Ron Geyer is the man behind the Saskatchewan Therapeutic Antibody Resource, the Advanced Diagnostics Research Laboratory, and the Centre for Biologic Imaging Research and Devel...

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Indigenous communities guide research

By: Greg Basky for USask College of Medicine

By nurturing relationships over time, and working collaboratively, researchers in the University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) College of Medicine (CoM) are ensuring Indigenous communi...

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Waniska Centre holds pipe ceremonies to establish relationships with partner organizations

By: CREEDEN MARTELL

Newly formed research relationships at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) were honoured and blessed with virtual pipe ceremonies on April 6 and 13, 2021.

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‘It made all the difference’: A patient perspective on research, with Lois Miller

By: Researchers Under the Scope

When she was in third grade, Lois Miller remembers her school raising money, to support multiple sclerosis research.

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Young at Heart

By: DEREK TIESSEN

At 102 years old, the College of Medicine’s oldest living alumna continues to inspire.

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Making the cut: Adam Baxter-Jones on teen athletes and growth

By: Researchers Under the Scope

As a young man finishing his biology degree, Adam Baxter-Jones remembers being far more interested in the punk movement, than being a professor.

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USask professor answers AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine FAQs

By: Dr. Alexander Wong

Many people have questions about the changing guidelines for the use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine. Here are some answers from infectious disease specialist Dr. Alexander Wong....

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Research by Regina physicians could directly improve patient access

By: Saskatchewan Health Authority

Dermatologist Dr. Rachel Asiniwasis knows first-hand how expensive it can be for some of her patients to access her services.

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Creating Safer Spaces: Trans and Gender Diverse Health in Primary Care

By: Jana Al-Sagheer

For trans and gender diverse (TGD) patients, access to primary healthcare can be intimidating, but TGD care is an increasingly important part of family practice.

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'Wa sati wa nhenha:' Women strengthening health Jessie Forsyth and Nazeem Muhajarine team up in Mozambique

By: Researchers Under the Scope

In Mozambique, the Xitswa phrase, "wa sati wa nhenha" means "strong women" or "women's strength."

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USask researchers help lead $9-million Coronavirus Variants Rapid Response Network

University of Saskatchewan (USask) and University of Regina (U of R) researchers are joining forces with scientists across the nation to undertake surveillance, sequencing, tracing...

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New USask radiotracers could be key for new treatments and early detection for Parkinson’s

University of Saskatchewan (USask) nuclear medicine researcher Chris Phenix has been awarded US$150,000 by The Michael J. Fox Foundation to develop diagnostic radiotracers for earl...

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USask researchers seek to prevent liver disease, high blood pressure, and understand lifelong impacts of Zika virus

Three University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers have been awarded a total of $1.87 million by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) for projects involving fatty l...

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USask researchers receive SHRF funds for projects with a virtual focus

By: USask Research Profile and Impact

Virtual follow-up with discharged intensive-care patients and the development of culturally sensitive treatment for chronic musculoskeletal issues are just two of the 10 University...

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Supports for success: Planting the seeds of research growth

By: Kristen McEwen

Investing in research results in an even larger return, says vice-dean research Dr. Marek Radomski (MD, PhD).

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A one-year pandemic checkup, with Dr. Preston Smith, Dean of Medicine

By: Researchers Under the Scope

One year ago, Dr. Preston Smith remembers watching the coronavirus inch closer and closer to the University of Saskatchewan.

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Xiao’s disease prevention research focused on fats

By: Kristen McEwen

A new University of Saskatchewan (USask) College of Medicine faculty member is aiming to build basic science research that could lead to advancements in treating heart disease, str...

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Supporting student wellness

By: Amanda Woroniuk

Maintaining a healthy student-life balance while taking a demanding academic course load can be challenging. For students in the School of Rehabilitation Science (SRS), having acce...

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Women in Leadership at the College of Medicine

By: Erin Prosser-Loose

March 8 is recognized as International Women’s Day, and the theme for 2021 is “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world."

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USask’s Merlis Belsher Place to house mass immunization clinic

By: James Shewaga

The University of Saskatchewan (USask) campus will soon become a major provincial pandemic hub for COVID-19 vaccination.

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New national data platform to track risks and benefits of medication use during pregnancy

Over 75 per cent of pregnant women take medications for which the risks or benefits are unknown. A new national data platform involving a University of Saskatchewan (USask) researc...

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Enhanced physical therapy curriculum shines ahead of accreditation visit

By: Amanda Woroniuk

One of the most important goals during the accreditation process is ensuring that students are learning the best practices and most up-to-date education.

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Giving for life: organ donation and transplants through an Indigenous lens

By: Researchers Under the Scope

Medical anthropologist Dr. Caroline Tait and fellow think tank members tackle ethical and philosophical questions around transplant medicine.

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Managing the ER during COVID-19

By: AMANDA WORONIUK

During the early days of the pandemic, Saskatchewan emergency departments faced uncertainty—not knowing what to expect—but prepared to face the worst.

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Building a better College of Medicine

By: Kristen McEwen

Dr. Manuela Valle-Castro (PhD) is looking to help build a better College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) by addressing complex issues like racism and equity.<...

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There’s more to McInnes than meets the eye

By: Donella Hoffman

Dr. Adam McInnes (MD) isn’t afraid to jump into things with both feet.<br/>

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Swift Current – Saskatchewan’s Newest Emergency Medicine Enhanced Competency Program

By: EMMETT HARRISON

Enhanced emergency medicine programs help new rural family medicine graduates in the rural/regional emergency department and assist in rural retention.

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USask-led research team shows alternate form of brain protein that causes Alzheimer’s actually protects against the disease

Findings from a new study on Alzheimer’s disease (AD), led by researchers at the University of Saskatchewan (USask), could eventually help clinicians identify people at highest ris...

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The burden of lung disease and lightening it, with Erika Penz

By: Researchers Under the Scope

Respiratory disease now accounts for one in four hospital admissions, with lung cancer killing more patients than any other cancer.

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USask medicine alumna advocates for representation and inclusion

By: John Grainger

Strengthened by her past, Ashley Tshala builds a solid foundation for her future

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Sask. researchers to assess the impact of COVID-19 on kids and families with funding from SHRF and MHRC

By: Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation

An increasing number of studies are examining the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of adult Canadians, but little is being done to assess its impact on children and youth, e...

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USask awarded $650K to work with First Nations and Métis communities to address the impacts of COVID-19

The University of Saskatchewan (USask) has been named one of the 15 winners of the North American 2020 TD Ready Challenge presented by TD Bank Group.

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Award recognizes impact staff member has on residency, clerkship experiences in Prince Albert

By: Amanda Woroniuk

If you visited the College of Medicine’s Prince Albert office, you’ve likely met site administrative coordinator Nicole Toutant.

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Employees make the most of professional development opportunities during the pandemic

By: Amanda Woroniuk

When the university made the decision to move to remote teaching, learning and working in March 2020, the College of Medicine ensured that learning opportunities continued for staf...

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Do serious doctors tweet?

By: Researchers Under the Scope

Whether it's a blog, a podcast, a wiki, a tweet, or an infographic, a growing number of doctors now turn online when they need answers.

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Biomedical scientist receives national Heart & Stroke Foundation award, scholarship

By: Kristen McEwen

A University of Saskatchewan (USask) biomedical scientist has been ranked first among Canada’s best young researchers, earning a prestigious scholarship from the Heart & Stroke Fou...

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USask biomedical researcher searches for answers to viruses

By: Kristen McEwen

A University of Saskatchewan (USask) biomedical scientist is aiming to identify and create cures for viruses before they evolve to make a deadlier impact.

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History of infectious diseases and vaccination: New USask course features an innovative interdisciplinary approach

By: SHANNON BOKLASCHUK

As people around the world wait to receive one of several COVID-19 vaccines developed to help end the coronavirus pandemic, a timely new University of Saskatchewan (USask) course w...

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Collaboration key in USask oncology research

By: Katie Brickman-Young

A career in research and academia wasn’t what Dr. Monique Mayer (DVM) envisioned for herself when she graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) in 1995.

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Indigenous wellness through 'slow' research, with Alexandra King

By: Researchers Under the Scope

Like the "slow food" movement, Dr. Alexandra King promotes "slow research" when it comes to Indigenous people's health and wellness.

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Leading by example

By: AMANDA WORONIUK

Nicole Shoaf stepped into a volunteer role to support other women to lead healthy lifestyles. Now, she has been honoured for her leadership and exceptional contributions to the spo...

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Hopkins advancing surgical care

By: Kristen McEwen

For cancer patients, a quick recovery after surgery is an essential part of their treatment.

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USask leads Canada’s medical universities in research income growth, moving up three places to 11th spot in overall national ranking

By: USASK RESEARCH PROFILE AND IMPACT

In the just-published Canada's Top 50 Research Universities 2020 rankings, the University of Saskatchewan (USask) is ranked first among the country’s medical universities for growt...

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Saskatchewan’s first mental health court reduces recidivism, USask evaluation finds

By: Greg Basky for USask Research Profile and Impact

A University of Saskatchewan (USask) evaluation has found that the first group of people to come through Saskatoon’s Mental Health Strategy Court were arrested less often for petty...

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Remodelling project: Dave Cooper and the mysteries inside our bones

By: Researchers Under the Scope

How closely does real life mirror the forensic science we see on television? As technology advances, Dave Cooper is using some of the world's highest-powered tools to peer inside o...

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Indigenous wellness learning at USask supported by CMA and SMA

University of Saskatchewan (USask) fourth-year medical students will be able to take the national award-winning Indigenous wellness online course, The Role of Practitioners in Indi...

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National Indigenous health research leader honoured with SHRF Achievement Award

By: USask and SHRF

SASKATOON - A prominent national leader, visionary and researcher in Indigenous health—Carrie Bourassa of the University of Saskatchewan (USask)—was honoured with an Achievement Aw...

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USask partners on a made-in-Saskatchewan ventilator project

By: USASK AND THE SASKATCHEWAN MINISTRY OF HEALTH

One hundred made-in-Saskatchewan ventilators will soon be available to support the needs of the province’s residents, thanks to an innovative collaboration among the University of ...

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New physician training program at USask supports child mental health

SASKATOON – A new program at the University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) College of Medicine is helping Saskatchewan physicians and nurse practitioners better support pediatric mental...

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USask researchers lead national project to eliminate cervical cancer in Canada

By: USask Research Profile and Impact

University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers will play a lead role in a $1.6-million Urban Public Health Network (UPHN)-led national research project to help eliminate cervical ...

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Giving back

By: AMANDA WORONIUK

Dr. Gary Groot (MD’82, PhD’11) knew early on that he wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. Now, a highly regarded surgical oncologist and researcher, Groot’s work is drivi...

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My disease does not define me: a patient’s perspective on research

By: Researchers Under the Scope

Emma Linsley managed to power through fatigue and weight loss, but when her joints started to swell, she and her family knew something was wrong.

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Imminent surge in new COVID-19 cases in Saskatoon: USask wastewater data

By: USask Research Profile and Impact

Data collected by the University of Saskatchewan (USask) wastewater surveillance team shows Saskatoon’s COVID-19 case numbers are likely to increase exponentially in the next seven...

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Stepping Up From The Sidelines

By: Kristen McEwen

From raising tens of thousands of dollars for needed supplies in La Loche to helping health care workers from the sidelines, medical students felt called to help Saskatchewan commu...

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Napper relishes research role and thirst for teaching

By: AMANDA WORONIUK

Even in the midst of a pandemic, University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers continue to make a positive impact through leadership and teaching.

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