USask researchers seek to develop new breast cancer treatments

Improving patient’s cancer treatments and minimizing side effects is the focus of new research at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) which aims to explore an innovative and po...

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Innovative USask health research projects receive $4.86 million from CIHR

Health care research projects at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) ranging from breast cancer treatments to pandemic preparedness have been awarded funding in the latest round...

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Dermatology residency training to begin at USask College of Medicine Regina campus this summer

Following years of collaborating with other universities to train dermatology residents for Saskatchewan, the University of Saskatchewan (USask) College of Medicine will welcome it...

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Dr. Haissam Haddad: At the Heart of Patient Care

By: Researchers Under the Scope

Dr. Haissam Haddad (MD) inadvertently horrified his family when he signed up for engineering courses in his first year of university. The teenager returned the next day to change h...

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Black History Month: Fonge making a difference at USask

By: JAMES SHEWAGA

When it comes to cancer research, scientists like Dr. Humphrey Fonge (PhD) know they are always working against the clock for patients who often don’t have the benefit of time.

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Remote Rehabilitation: Dr. Stacey Lovo’s Quest for Equitable Care

By: Researchers Under the Scope

It was a bitterly cold day in December 2012, when two First Nation women from northern Saskatchewan stepped off the bus in Saskatoon. One had travelled 12 hours, the other seven, b...

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USask health researchers recognized for achievement, impact and excellence

Dr. Hassan Vatanparast (PhD) and other University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers were honoured for their contributions to health research at the Saskatchewan Health Research F...

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Thriving Against the Odds: Dr. Amanda Hall on Short Gut Syndrome

By: Researchers Under the Scope

In the heart of the Health Sciences Building, Dr. Amanda Hall (MD) studies a tray of organoids under a microscope.

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Partnership agreement will support excellence and societal impact

The University of Saskatchewan (USask) College of Medicine and the University College of Medical Sciences (UCMS) at the University of Delhi have signed a partnership agreement that...

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Dr. Angelica Lang: Shaping the future of shoulder health

By: Researchers Under the Scope

Dr. Angelica Lang (PhD) knows most of the people she sees have to keep working, even if they have shoulder pain.

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Joint efforts by USask research team simulate Canada’s cannabis consumption

SASKATOON – University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers are developing models to more accurately determine the effects of cannabis on consumers.

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A new era: Alumni Association transforms into a thriving community

By: KELSEY KOUGIYA, ALUMNI RELATIONS OFFICER

A significant transformation in the structure and approach of operations for the benefit of the entire community.

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Stronger foundations: Dr. Munier Nour on bone development in diabetic youth

By: Researchers Under the Scope

Osteoporosis is often seen as a disease that affects older adults. But compared to their peers, kids with Type 1 diabetes grow into adults eight times as likely to suffer bone frac...

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Baetz brings loyalty and experience as College of Medicine interim dean

By: Kate Blau

With the start of the new year, Dr. Marilyn Baetz (MD) became interim dean of the University of Saskatchewan (USask) College of Medicine for a one-year term, or until a new dean is...

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Giving back is an act of inspiration and celebration

For Dr. Gord Cuddington (MD) and Cathy Cuddington, giving back to their community has never been a question. Now, they’re hoping to inspire others to step up and support vital proj...

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Donor spotlight: Drs. Lawrence and Penny Clein

By: LAWRENCE CLEIN, MBBS, BSC, FRCS(C)

The Clein's generous gift to the College of Medicine is both a testament to their kindness and an inspiring story.

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Read the 2023 edition of Connective Issue

Connective Issue is the annual College of Medicine digital magazine.

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USask researcher leading charge in the fight against AIDS

By: Amanda Woroniuk

As the global fight against HIV and AIDS continues, this challenge is particularly evident in Saskatchewan, where HIV infection rates are more than five times the national average.

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SIPPA welcomes international physicians while serving rural Saskatchewan

By: Betty Ann Adam

On a cool October morning Dr. Nana Yaw Amo Broni finished an overnight shift at the Weyburn Hospital and went to the clinic, where he saw patients until almost noon, before heading...

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Inhale, Exhale, Repair: Dr. Valerie Verge

By: researchers under the scope

Dr. Valerie Verge (PhD) was in her early twenties when she landed her first job, doing neuroscience research and she loved it. But 43 years ago, her research journey began to take ...

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Fighting Treatment-Resistant Depression with Ketamine: Dr. Evyn Peters

By: RESEARCHERS UNDER THE SCOPE

Dr. Evyn Peters (MD) has created pivotal changes for patients arriving at Royal University Hospital's (RUH) mental health short stay unit and its emergency department. 

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Dr. Wendie Marks: Researching the complex connections between stress, nutrition, and health

By: RESEARCHERS UNDER THE SCOPE

By the end of grade eight, Dr. Wendie Marks (PhD) was sure about one thing: she knew she wanted to study health and the way early-life development affected the human body.

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New Department of Indigenous Health and Wellness approved at USask College of Medicine

The University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) College of Medicine is creating a first of its kind department in a Canadian medical school, dedicated to improving the health outcomes of ...

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USask, City of Saskatoon explore merits of sustainable transportation strategies

A joint project co-led by University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers and City of Saskatoon officials will use data-driven assessment tools to create “healthy, sustainable trans...

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Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation Proud to Support Vital MS Research in Saskatchewan  

Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation (SCHF) recently announced a gift of $750,000 to support the ongoing and crucial work of Dr. Michael Levin and his team in the area of multiple sc...

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Celebrating a 44-year career on campus at USask

By: James Shewaga

From seven presidents, nine chancellors, and dozens of deans, to visits from the queen, Iris Rugg has seen a lot during her time at the University of Saskatchewan (USask).

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Vital multiple sclerosis research at USask to continue with $750,000 donation from Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation

A new gift of $750,000 from the Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation (SCHF) will provide funding to the University of Saskatchewan (USask) College of Medicine to support the Saskatch...

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USask researchers aim to make cancer fertility preservation program a reality

By: MATT OLSON

Dr. James Benson (PhD) and Dr. Laura Hopkins (MD) believe the University of Saskatchewan (USask) has the tools to provide groundbreaking cancer treatment services to women across C...

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New USask Indigenous health department first of its kind in Canada

By: AMANDA WORONIUK

The University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) College of Medicine is creating a first of its kind department in a Canadian medical school, dedicated to improving the health outcomes of ...

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USask rural health centre announces two distinct milestones: a new name, and a ‘transformative’ $1.5 million gift to develop a mobile unit for rural health and wellness

The newly renamed Canadian Centre for Rural and Agricultural Health (CCRAH) is celebrating its new name along with a $1.5 million gift that will help ensure the safety and health o...

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Joint research team studies sustainable cities in Copenhagen

Representatives from the University of Saskatchewan (USask), the City of Saskatoon, and the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) are going to Copenhagen to study what goes into buil...

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Celebrated USask medical researchers named Canadian Academy of Health Sciences fellows

University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers Dr. Alan Rosenberg (MD) and Dr. Nazeem Muhajarine (PhD) were named members of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) in recog...

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USask helps lead promising Parkinson’s disease research

By: James Shewaga

Like many Canadians, Dr. Changiz Taghibiglou (PhD) has seen first-hand the devastating effects of Parkinson’s disease.

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Shelley-May Neufeld: Living Our Values

By: AMANDA WORONIUK

The College of Medicine Staff Awards recognize outstanding staff across the college who go above and beyond in their roles.  

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USask shoulder motion study nets NSERC support

By: JEANETTE NEUFELD

The same tools used for creating special effects in film and video games are being harnessed by a University of Saskatchewan (USask) researcher determined to better understand shou...

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USask researchers receive more than $8.7 million in NSERC funding

SASKATOON - University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers from a variety of colleges and departments have received funding for projects through the Natural Sciences and Engineerin...

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New USask research chair focuses on improving Indigenous children’s wellness

Newly appointed Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) Dr. Wendie Marks (PhD) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) is investigating links between obesity in Indigenous children an...

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Funding boosts USask team developing test to determine preeclampsia risk

By: AMANDA SYMYNUK

Dr. Ernesto Figueiro (MD, PhD) and his team are conducting clinical research on the use of placental growth factor (PlGF) test as a tool to manage high-risk pregnancies, aiming to ...

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Combating diabetes using community strengths, aided by USask research

SASKATOON – A University of Saskatchewan (USask) research team is working directly with Indigenous communities throughout Saskatchewan to improve methods for preventing Type 2 diab...

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Renewed support for Cameco Chair in Indigenous Health and Wellness at USask

Since 2017, the Cameco Chair in Indigenous Health and Wellness at the University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) College of Medicine has carried out extensive and innovative research to ...

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USask researchers receive $7 million in CIHR funding

Research on new ovarian and pancreatic cancer diagnostics and therapeutics among the projects to receive funding.

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USask cancer researchers, patients come together at CIHR community event

By: Matt Olson

A group of the University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) top cancer researchers spoke at a community gathering of medical professionals, researchers, and patients hosted by the Canadian...

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USask experts sound warning over wildfire smoke, drought conditions

By: James Shewaga

A record year of wildfires is threatening communities and leaving trails of devastation through forests in British Columbia and Alberta and across the country as far as Nova Scotia...

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USask receives $1-million donation to improve research, care for neurological disease patients

Knight Cares and philanthropist Kevin Knight have generously donated $1 million to the University of Saskatchewan (USask) to improve research and care for patients affected by neur...

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USask researchers developing AI to predict cardiovascular disease

By: MATT OLSON

Dr. Scott Adams (MD, PhD) is creating artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to more accurately identify people at risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.

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Overcoming the odds to receive one of Canada’s highest honours

By: Jeanette Neufeld, Department of Medicine Communications

When he arrived in Canada, Dr. Haissam Haddad (MD) was told he had less than a one per cent chance of ever working in the country’s medical system.

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Mossy Cells and New Paths in Neuroscience: Dr. Justin Botterill

By: RESEARCHERS UNDER THE SCOPE

When Dr. Justin Botterill (PhD) first arrived at the University of Saskatchewan (USask), he took what he described as a 'shotgun approach' to choosing classes.

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Peppermint mochas and supportive staff: First USask Regina-based pediatrics residents reflect on residency

By: AMANDA SYMYNUK

In 2019, two University of Saskatchewan (USask) medical residents began their journey to become pediatricians.

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Inman receives Spirit of the College Award

Congratulations to Dr. Mark Inman (MD) on receiving the 2023 Louis Horlick Spirit of the College of Medicine Award!

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University of Saskatchewan’s College of Medicine set to expand medical school seats

Over the next two years, Saskatchewan is increasing physician numbers in the province by enhancing medical education opportunities for future doctors.

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Specialized navigators key to helping trans patients access health care: USask research

Research from the University of Saskatchewan (USask) shows trans and gender diverse people across the province have difficulty accessing health care, and that specially trained hea...

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USask honorary degree recipient accepts highest honour from university 50 years after enrolling in medical school

Fifty years to the day after accepting an offer to the University of Saskatchewan (USask) College of Medicine in 1973, Dr. John Conly (MD) accepted an Honorary Doctor of Science de...

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USask honours teaching excellence

Three College of Medicine faculty are being recognized for outstanding contributions to teaching at the University of Saskatchewan (USask).

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Leader in Indigenizing research recognized with USask honorary degree

By: SARAH MACDONALD

A Sixties’ Scoop survivor who has endured racism and trauma, Sharon Jinkerson-Brass never imagined she would one day walk across a stage to receive an honorary doctorate.

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Be Like Bruce is Back: Chris Gordon Tackles Pancreatic Cancer

By: RESEARCHERS UNDER THE SCOPE

When Bruce Gordon's relatives descend on Saskatoon this month, his wife will put them to work. Bruce Gordon was a police officer and a lawyer, who competed as a triathlete and i...

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USask launches world-first clinical trial to improve ovarian cancer treatment

A new University of Saskatchewan (USask)-led clinical trial aims to substantially improve quality of life for ovarian cancer patients, and making it part of routine clinical testin...

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Turning Back the Neurotoxin Clock: Dr. Jeff Dong

By: RESEARCHERS UNDER THE SCOPE

Midway through his undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia, a laboratory 'help wanted' poster caught Jeff Dong's eye. He applied, gaining invaluable practical e...

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Mitral clip program expands options for heart disease patients

By: Jeanette Neufeld

A new initiative in the Division of Cardiology is expanding treatment options for a group of cardiac patients who can’t undergo traditional open-heart surgery.

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Antibodies and Aging Gracefully: Dr. Peter Pioli

By: RESEARCHERS UNDER THE SCOPE

Before we’re even born, our bodies begin to grow and train an army of spies and assassins, creating a crew of immune system fighters in the upper chest's thymus gland. While this p...

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USask researcher aims to revolutionize human-assisted reproduction

Roughly one in six couples in Canada experiences infertility, a figure that has doubled since the 1980s. Many of these couples are turning to assisted reproduction technology (ART)...

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USask to pay tribute to honorary degree recipients

By: JAMES SHEWAGA

This spring, the University of Saskatchewan (USask) will celebrate five remarkable individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to their communities throughout their caree...

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Ready to Launch: Anurag Sakharkar Pinpoints Key Biomarkers in Astronaut Health

By: RESEARCHERS UNDER THE SCOPE, Office of the Vice-Dean Research

Like a lot of kids, Anurag (Anu) Sakharkar used to dream about being a doctor, or an astronaut. His parents, both academics, encouraged him to follow his dream.

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USask technology leads to a groundbreaking human trial that solves 187-year-old surgical mystery

Rope-like bands of internal scar tissue that form in close to 70-90 percent of all patients who undergo abdominal surgery have bedeviled patients and surgeons alike for more than 1...

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USask researchers: COVID-19 will continue to impact health care

By: KATE BLAU

Increasingly, attention paid to health care in Saskatchewan and across Canada has shifted to broader concerns, like physician and other health-care worker shortages. But the pandem...

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Scratching That Itch: Dr. Rachel Asiniwasis Targets Atopic Dermatitis

By: Researchers under the scope, Office of the Vice-Dean Research

When Dr. Rachel Asiniwasis (MD) returned to the prairies after her dermatology residency in Toronto, she noticed a pattern among many of her pediatric patients. Hundreds of them we...

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New USask research hits cancer with a “one-two punch”

After attacking a tumour with a targeted therapy, the cancer might stagger but often comes back fighting — usually even harder to defeat. University of Saskatchewan (USask)-led res...

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USask graduate student passionate about community engagement

By: AMANDA WORONIUK

A graduate student at the University of Saskatchewan's College of Medicine has been recognized for community engagement at the Indigenous Student Achievement Awards Ceremony. 

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Medical students honoured with Indigenous Student Achievement Awards

By: AMANDA WORONIUK

Two medical students from the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Medicine were honoured at the Indigenous Student Achievement Awards Ceremony on March 9.

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College of Medicine alumnus finds joy in giving back

Dr. Carl Zylak’s (MD’62) accomplished career in radiology began at the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan (USask). Now, on top of numerous other professional ach...

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New funding helps University of Saskatchewan researchers take aim at long COVID

SASKATOON – University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers are part of a Canada-wide consortium awarded $20 million by the Government of Canada to pursue research into “long COVID,...

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USask research projects receive SHRF funding

Four College of Medicine and School of Rehabilitation Science research teams received funding for Saskatchewan-aligned research needs.

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Meet the College of Medicine’s newest team

The Office of the Vice-Dean Indigenous Health (OVDIH) has been established at the USask College of Medicine, and its team of four are busy moving forward with the creation of a new...

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USask’s College of Medicine Regina campus cuts the ribbon on MD program expansion and new anatomy lab

REGINA – The College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) is celebrating the expansion of its Regina-based undergraduate medical doctor (MD) program with the grand...

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Amy Winik: Figures it Out and Gets it Done

By: AMANDA WORONIUK

The College of Medicine Staff Awards recognize outstanding staff across the college who go above and beyond in their roles.

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When Can ICU Patients Be Discharged Home

By: RESEARCHERS UNDER THE SCOPE, Office of the Vice-Dean Research

Patients in intensive care units often move to a regular ward before they're discharged and sent home. Increasingly, hospitals are skipping that step, sending a handful of ICU pati...

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Provost’s advisory committee to provide guidance on USask’s Scarborough Charter activities

By: SHANNON BOKLASCHUK

USask signed the Scarborough Charter in 2021, demonstrating the university’s commitment to redressing anti-Black racism and to supporting Black inclusion in higher education.

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Reversing the effects of Alzheimer's Disease: Dr. Ron Geyer on NeuroEPO

By: RESEARCHERS UNDER THE SCOPE, Office of the Vice-Dean Research

For decades, families have watched Alzheimer's disease steal their loved ones' cognitive function. It's the most common form of dementia; one that affects a third of people over th...

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USask Black Medical Students’ Association student leader champions importance of community building

By: BROOKE KLEIBOER

In his second year of the Doctor of Medicine program at the University of Saskatchewan (USask), Mutjaba Ibrahim took the time to reflect on his experience as a member of the Black ...

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USask-led research project receives more than $1.3 million to study bone strength development in children with diabetes

By: MATT OLSON FOR RESEARCH PROFILE AND IMPACT

University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers have received more than $1.3 million for an unprecedented multi-year study of the development of bone structure, density and strength...

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Additional training seats added to USask health programs

The University of Saskatchewan (USask) will be expanding the number of training seats in the physical therapy and clinical psychology programs beginning in fall 2023.

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From Scratch: Rural Dementia Care with Dr. Debra Morgan

Dr. Debra Morgan (PhD) grew up on a farm and continued farming with her husband, initially working in nursing in the winter. Nursing shifts took her from neurosurgery to pediatrics...

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A DNA protein may be responsible for causing cancerous ‘stress balls’ in the body: USask research

By: BROOKE KLEIBOER

In 2022, an estimated 7,000 Canadians were diagnosed with leukemia, a term used to define cancer of the blood cells. Of that 7,000, it is estimated that nearly half will face morta...

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Clinical trial planned for novel Alzheimer’s disease therapy at USask

A novel therapy developed for Alzheimer’s disease — previously shown to significantly slow the progression of the disease and, in some instances, reverse cognitive decline — will b...

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Mela proud of forensics centre, own contribution to USask

By: SARATH PEIRIS

You could say that the University of Saskatchewan (USask) was the answer to a prayer for Dr. Mansfield Mela (MBBS) back in 1999, when he was pondering his future.

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Additional positive accreditation results for USask College of Medicine

SASKATOON – The College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) has achieved further strong results for its medical doctor program from the Committee on Accreditation...

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A place of dialogue and healing

By: JANA AL-SAGHEER

North West Family Medicine residents visit former residential school site

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Creating programs that make a difference motivates Thunderchild

By: USASK MEDIA PRODUCTION with KATE BLAU

Harvey Thunderchild’s life path has been a fascinating journey. It has taken him across Canada and into the United States, and most recently has led him to his new position as the ...

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Leaders in discovery: five USask researchers honoured with top provincial health awards

College of Medicine researchers have received Santé Awards from the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation for research excellence.

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Affairs of the (Zebrafish) Heart: Dr. Michelle Collins

By: RESEARCHERS UNDER THE SCOPE

If you've ever sat through a bad date at a restaurant, unsure of what to order, you're still doing better than a typical zebrafish on a date. Dr. Michelle Collins (PhD) said withou...

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Recognizing excellence in teaching

By: ERIN PROSSER-LOOSE

Dr. Kelsey Brose (MD) is the 2021 College of Medicine Excellence in Teaching Award recipient. This annual award recognizes exceptional teaching practices and significant contributi...

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Pewaseskwan at USask supports Nehiyawak (Cree) language and culture revitalization on Saskatchewan First Nation

By: SARAH MACDONALD

Nehiyawak (Cree) language echoes through the auditorium at Sakāskohc High School on Onion Lake Cree Nation (OLCN) on a cold December evening. Four male Elders sit in armchairs at t...

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USask research income growth leads Canada’s medical universities

Canada’s Top 50 Research Universities rankings for 2022 published Wednesday place the University of Saskatchewan (USask) first among the country’s tier of 16 medical universities f...

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Dr. Darryl Adamko: Little Lungs, Lessons Learned

By: RESEARCHERS UNDER THE SCOPE

Diagnosing pulmonary diseases like asthma in young children is still largely a matter of trial and error, according to Saskatchewan’s top pediatric respirologist.

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New connections advance health and wellness at USask

By: JEANETTE NEUFELD

While experts in music and immunology may not typically have much in common, an unlikely pair of researchers are leading a new area of research focus for the University of Saskatch...

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Leading with kindness

By: AMANDA WORONIUK

Shannon Bay is one of the first people you’ll be greeted by when entering the University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) College of Medicine’s undergraduate medical education (UGME) offi...

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USask researchers to gain remote access to huge array of Statistics Canada data

SASKATOON – A recent investment of $17.4 million in a national research and training platform by two federal granting agencies will provide University of Saskatchewan (USask) healt...

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