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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Dr. Haissam Haddad: At the Heart of Patient Care

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

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

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

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

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Dr. Angelica Lang: Shaping the future of shoulder health

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

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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USask researcher leading charge in the fight against AIDS

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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Inhale, Exhale, Repair: Dr. Valerie Verge

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

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 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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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

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

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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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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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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Turning Back the Neurotoxin Clock: Dr. Jeff Dong

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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Antibodies and Aging Gracefully: Dr. Peter Pioli

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

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

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

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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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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When Can ICU Patients Be Discharged Home

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

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

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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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

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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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

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

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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Dr. Darryl Adamko: Little Lungs, Lessons Learned

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

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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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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Dr. Scott Widenmaier: Connecting Cholesterol, Obesity and Immunometabolism

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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Decolonizing institutional approaches to research from the inside

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

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

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

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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Signature areas of research help USask highlight its strengths

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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New bone imaging technique could lead to improved osteoporosis treatment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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

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 researchers studying zebrafish to get to the heart of your heartbeat

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

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

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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

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

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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Dr. Ivar Mendez: The Robot Will See You Now

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

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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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