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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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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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: Carrie Bourassa

By: Erin Prosser-Loose

A prominent researcher in the College of Medicine, Dr. Carrie Bourassa (PhD) talks about her path to leadership and provides advice on how to be allies in advancing women in the wo...

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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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