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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New anatomy lab will support USask medical students in Regina

REGINA – An anatomy lab is being built at Regina General Hospital to support University of Saskatchewan (USask) medical students learning in Regina.

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Honouring a Family: The Bilokreli Family Funds

A family fund is a way to remember family members and their contributions to society, and to carry on the family name in a meaningful way for generations to come. There’s no limit ...

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Dr. Scott Widenmaier: Connecting Cholesterol, Obesity and Immunometabolism

By: RESEARCHERS UNDER THE SCOPE

When Scott Widenmaier left high school, he wasn't sure what career he wanted to pursue.

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USask research investigates new treatments for drug-induced neuropathy in cancer patients

SASKATOON – Chemotherapy can be a saving grace when facing cancer. When drug-induced neuropathy results from anti-cancer drugs like Cisplatin (CP), a common drug for breast cancers...

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Inspiring a generation: Dr. Robert Hickie

By: AMANDA WORONIUK

Known for his strong work ethic and humility, Dr. Robert (Bob) Hickie (BSc’58, MSc’60, PhD) touched the lives of countless learners and colleagues during his 45 years at the Univer...

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Building an Indigenous space in the College of Medicine

By: KRISTEN MCEWEN

Dr. Janet Tootoosis (MD) has a challenge ahead of her to establish the foundation of an administrative home for Indigenous Health in the College of Medicine (CoM).

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A year of firsts for College of Medicine’s Regina campus

By: AMANDA SYMYNUK

It’s been a series of firsts for the medical doctor (MD) program on the College of Medicine’s Regina campus. For some, it’s their first time in Regina, for others it’s integrating ...

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Decolonizing institutional approaches to research from the inside

By: Sarah MacDonald

King is changing the way research is done with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities

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Just Give Mutants A Chance: Dr. Linda Chelico

By: RESEARCHERS UNDER THE SCOPE

How cell mutations and mutagenesis took one microbiologist from Melfort to Malibu and back.

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Four new USask Vanier Scholars demonstrate excellence in research and leadership

University of Saskatchewan (USask) doctoral students Gilbert Adum, Lindsey Boechler, Cody Koloski, and Pezhman Zolfaghari Didani have been named 2022 Vanier Scholars.

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Read the 2022 edition of Connective Issue

Connective Issue is the annual College of Medicine magazine.

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Zapping brain cancer with long needles opens door to new treatments: USask research

SASKATOON – University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers have developed a new method of killing brain cancer cells while preserving the delicate tissue around it. The technique a...

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USask research a step closer to shedding light on bacterial infection process

Before you got those nasty gut cramps that sent you scurrying to the washroom, or you came down with a fever, chills, and clogged airways thanks to pneumonia, various cells in your...

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USask research awarded $3 million help build better cities

University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers are co-leading a new pan-Canadian and international research team aiming to understand how cities of all sizes in all countries can m...

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Dr. Oleg Dmitriev on Copper, Platinum and Safer Chemotherapy

By: RESEARCHERS UNDER THE SCOPE

Colour-changing reactions and small explosions punctuated life at Dr. Oleg Dmitriev's home, when he was a boy. He loved trying out chemical reactions, and experimenting. As a teena...

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USask research investigates what can happen when immune system proteins go rogue

By: BROOKE KLEIBOER

A specific family of DNA-modifying proteins normally function as part of the human immune system to combat viral infections. But what happens when these proteins begin to modify DN...

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Physical therapy graduate sees bright future

By: AMANDA WORONIUK

It was Kevin Britton’s involvement in martial arts that helped spark his interest in physical therapy and led him to apply to the School of Rehabilitation Science. Now the Master o...

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Signature areas of research help USask highlight its strengths

By: Shannon Boklaschuk

The university has provided $360,000 to nine teams to assist in developing and showcasing innovative interdisciplinary research, scholarly, and artistic work

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Professor Kim earns USask Master Teacher Award

By: UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

Dr. Soo Kim’s (PhD) students and colleagues in the School of Rehabilitation Science began calling her a “master teacher” long before she was honoured with the University of Saskatc...

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USask team, St. John Ambulance partner on skills training for therapy dog handlers

University of Saskatchewan (USask) researcher Dr. Colleen Dell (PhD) and her team have partnered with St. John Ambulance in Saskatchewan to offer a first-of-its-kind online certifi...

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New bone imaging technique could lead to improved osteoporosis treatment

By: Joanne Paulson

Osteoporosis takes heavy toll on Canadians in terms of physical suffering and economic burden.

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What Physics Can Tell Us About Inflammatory Pulmonary Disease, with Dr. Asmahan AbuArish

By: Researchers Under the Scope

Asmahan AbuArish grew up in Hebron, surrounded by military checkpoints. She knew she wanted to help people, but she had to give up her dream of being a medical doctor.

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USask study links reconstructive surgery after breast cancer to changes in upper limb movement

A recently published study authored by a pair of University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers shows that reconstructive surgery after breast cancer treatment has a demonstrable i...

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Winning ‘battle for metals’ key to defeating antibiotic-resistant bacterium: USask research

Lock up the silverware! According to new research from the University of Saskatchewan (USask), that’s how the body responds to Acinetobacter baumannii, a nasty pathogen commonly fo...

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Distinguished professor Rosenberg recognized with Saskatchewan Order of Merit

By: Kristen McEwen

Dr. Alan Rosenberg (MD’74) has been presented with significant accolades on provincial and university levels, recognizing decades of patient care, research, teaching, and outstandi...

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Department of Pediatrics: Team Achievement

By: Kristen McEwen

At the beginning of 2020, the Department of Pediatrics was experiencing a transition in leadership and administration.

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Delivering success: USask research sheds light on what makes maternity waiting homes work in low-income countries

Pregnancy- or childbirth-related death is rare in high-income, western countries, but not so in low- and middle-income countries.

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USask on the rise in Maclean’s rankings

The University of Saskatchewan (USask) has moved up in Maclean’s magazine’s annual rankings of Canadian universities for 2023.

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USask honours faculty members named distinguished professors

The University of Saskatchewan (USask) honours professors from across campus for their exceptional achievements in research, scholarly or artistic work.

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USask College of Medicine: A look at the past 70 years

By: Kristen McEwen

This year marks the 70th anniversary of when the province’s only medical school officially became a college at the University of Saskatchewan (USask).

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Childhood diet may contribute to impacted wisdom teeth, USask research shows

By: Brooke Kleiboer

Have you ever wondered why so many people end up with impacted wisdom teeth, which cause discomfort, pain and infection, and often require expensive surgical removal? A University ...

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Brain differences in men and women could affect post-stroke outcomes

By: Erin Matthews

Strokes are the third leading cause of death in Canada and have impacted close to 880,000 Canadians over the age of 20.

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USask researcher targets pain relief from diabetic neuropathy

By: Brooke Kleiboer

Diabetes affects about three million Canadians, with the prevalence increasing yearly. About half of those living with diabetes experience nerve pain and sensory issues—called diab...

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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation: Message from Dean Preston Smith

September 30 is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

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Cindy Mathews: Living Our Values

By: Kristen McEwen

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

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USask events planned for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

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

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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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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

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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