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Clinical Trial Support Unit

The Clinical Trial Support Unit (CTSU)* is a centralized clinical research resource that standardizes clinical and administrative procedures for the conduct of human research. The CTSU, a joint initiative of the University of Saskatchewan's College of Medicine, the Saskatoon Health Region and the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, provides investigators at the three member institutions with the resources and know-how needed to conduct clinical research. It does so in a manner that withstands legal scrutiny and follows good clinical practice guidelines.

Clinical research support

The Clinical Research Support Unit is a source of biostatistical and epidemiological science to faculty, staff and students in biomedical and clinical sciences.

Ethical approval is required before we can begin work on a project.

Specific Support Offered Areas of Expertise
  • Assistance in grant proposal preparation
  • Design of clinical studies and clinical trials
  • Experimental Design
  • Survey Design
  • Hypothesis Development
  • Determination of Sample Size 
  • Power Analysis
  • Randomization Schedules
  • Data Management Strategies
  • Statistical Modeling
  • Data Analysis and Interpretation
  • Manuscript Review
  • Statistical Modeling
  • Regression Analysis
  • Survival Analysis
  • Clinical Study & Clinical Trials
  • Epidemiology
  • Observational Studies
  • Outcome Research
  • Health Service Research
  • Meta Analysis
  • Time Series Analysis
  • Multi-level Analysis

Research Awards

We are pleased to announce a new tuition bursary program. This bursary is to provide financial support to CoM graduate students who are ineligible for stipends/scholarship support due to engagement in professional employment (>12 hours per week) or training activities that preclude a full-time focus on their graduate studies. The specific intent of this program is to support those training for or working within healthcare fields including post-graduate medical residents, nurses, physical therapists, social workers, etc. The deadline to apply is 1 June 2018. If you have any questions please contact the office via email.

College of Medicine Research Award

The primary purpose of the College of Medicine Research Award (CoMRAD) competition is to provide seed funding for novel pilot and/or feasibility studies that will facilitate future applications for external funding sources, such as Tri-Council funding. This competitive funding opportunity is open to all faculty members with a primary academic appointment in the College of Medicine that will continue until the end of the full granting period.

CoMRAD Update:
Guidelines can be found on the Sharepoint site. The Call-Out Memo for 2018 CoMRAD Expressions of Interest was made on May 1, and must be submitted no later than June 29, 2018.

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College of Medicine Graduate Student Awards

The purpose of the College of Medicine Graduate Students Award scholarships is to provide support to graduate students and faculty supervisors from the College of Medicine (CoM) who demonstrate a passion for research that has been, or will be, translated into advancements in science.  This is a pilot project pioneered by the Office of the Vice Dean Research with the intention of advancing the CoM’s profile by increasing dynamic research projects being completed by competitively-selected individuals.

See the CoMGRAD SharePoint Site for more information. Please note that the SharePoint submission form will not be available until early December 2017.

This initiative is intended to support excellence in research and encourage our faculty to apply for Tri-Agency funding. This competitive funding opportunity is open to all faculty members with a primary academic appointment in the College of Medicine that will continue until the end of the full granting period. Contact the office by email.

The Dean’s Summer Research Projects acts to facilitate undergraduate medical students’ exposure to scientific research, which will assist them later in their careers.  The program is intended to foster a spark and ignite a passion for research in our medical students, facilitating an understanding of the vital role research plays in today’s health care. This program is open to all first and second year undergraduate medical students.

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The Biomedical Summer Research Projects will facilitate the research training of undergraduate students enrolled in the following programs: Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, Physiology, and Pharmacology.  The purpose of these awards is to encourage students in these areas to go on to graduate studies. These projects are open to all Biomedical Science students in their second through fourth years. The projects are intended for students who will be entering graduate school so the emphasis is on upper year students who have a GPA greater than 80% on at least 60 CU.

To learn more about this program please follow this link

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The Resident Research Awards serve to provide our College of Medicine (CoM) residents with both resources and support to encourage a diverse research portfolio. The aim of these awards is to strengthen pilot studies or initial research that will lead to the development of a research program, improve the quality of research projects conducted by residents, and to grow the passion for research within the CoM.
These awards are short-term health research projects developed primarily by the residents. This year, there is funding available for up to 15 residents for one year projects.  Awards are up to a maximum of $2,000. There will be two calls per year and funding will be distributed based on the quality and quantity of applications for each call.

IMPORTANT: In response to feedback from our faculty we have decided to extend the application deadline to September 12, 2018 at 4:00pm. Complete applications must be submitted via email by the deadline.
To learn more about this opportunity, please see the documents below. If you have further questions please send us an email.

Other Funding Opportunities

The purpose of this funding is to provide resources and support to faculty who have carried a research project forward to the point of publication.  In providing this opportunity, the OVDR is aiming to advance the College’s research profile by facilitating further publications.

An applicant can submit one request for publication funding per fiscal year (May-April) for a maximum of $1,000.  This is not intended to cover the full publication fee, but provides the applicant with some assistance.

College of Medicine Faculty with their primary academic appointment in the College are eligible to apply for this opportunity once per fiscal year.

How to apply: Download the application form, and submit it via email to the address below.

For further information regarding this initiative, see the detailed guidelines.  If you have additional question or concerns, please contact us via email

Masters and Doctoral Graduate Students and Post Doctoral Fellows in the College of Medicine are encouraged to participate in national and international scientific conferences and workshops, particularly those events which are specifically related to their area of research. The College believes that participation in such events is an important element in the training of biomedical and health researchers. The Conference Travel Fund has been established to assist individuals with costs incurred to attend Scientific Meetings.

College of Medicine Masters students, and Post-Doctoral Fellows may submit an application in order to receive up to $1250.00 travel assistance one time per program. Doctoral students may receive up to $1,250.00 travel assistance two times per program.

Eligibility Requirements and Procedures

  1. Applicants must be currently registered either as a full time Graduate Student or a Post Doctoral Fellow in a Department in the College of Medicine.  Post Doctoral Fellows must provide proof of registration with the College of Graduate Studies and Research.
  2. Applicants must be presenting a paper or poster at a national or international conference or scientific workshop.  A copy of the paper or abstract which has been accepted for presentation must accompany the application for funding along with proof of conference participation/registration.
  3. Applications for travel award must be supported by the student's supervisor and the Department Head using the Cost Estimate and College of Medicine Approval Form.
  4. A proposed travel budget must be submitted with the application.
  5. Applications are to be submitted to the Graduate Program Coordinator General Office (2D01 Health Sciences), at least 4 weeks in advance for travel within Canada and 6 weeks in advance for travel outside of Canada.
  6. Retroactive applications will not be considered.   
  7.  The approval of travel costs incurred will be governed by current University of Saskatchewan rules and regulations.  The completed College of Medicine Approval Form must be forwarded to the College of Medicine, Graduate Program Coordinator, 2D01.12  Health Sciences
  8.  Successful applicants must also submit a half page report within 30 days after their conference ends describing:
    - the venue of the conference
    - what new information was learned at the conference
    - what new contacts were made?

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Research Groups

The College of Medicine is proud to support the following research groups with their initiatives ranging from conferences to workshops. These groups further the research-intensive goals of the College of Medicine and showcase collaborations made between faculty and community partners.

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Office of the Vice-Dean Research
College of Medicine
Room 2D01, Health Sciences Building, D-Wing
107 Wiggins Road

Vice-Dean Research - Dr. Marek Radomski
Ph: 306-966-4342

The Vice-Dean, Research is the senior leader in the college for all research-related matters and provides vision and leadership for the development and implementation of a comprehensive, integrated research plan for the College of Medicine.

Research Manager – Dr. Carolyn Pytlyk (Megan Steeves- on Maternity Leave)
Ph: 306-966-6516

The Research Manager is responsible for assisting the Vice Dean Research in accomplishing the strategic research direction of the College and implements the College’s research and operational policies, objectives, and initiatives. The Research Manager is also responsible for the management of the research office staff. 

Project Coordinator – Patricia Little
Ph: 306-966-3273

The Project Coordinator provides administrative, planning and project management support and expertise to the leadership team in the Office of the Vice Dean Research, in order to facilitate the advancement of all major funding initiatives of the OVDR.  

Faculty Project CoordinatorChelsea McGinnis (Keleigh Garcea - on maternity leave)
Ph: 306-966-4943

The Faculty Project Coordinator is responsible for the management of Faculty internal funding opportunities. Assists with various aspects of the research agenda for the College of Medicine as it relates to our Faculty.

Research Facilitator – Dr. Bruna Bonavia-Fisher
Ph: 306-966-2211

The Research Facilitator is a skilled professional who helps researchers, the college and the institution achieve funding success and research impact. She specifically supports the growth and development of research activity in the biomedical and clinical departments.

Research Groups Administrative Coordinator – Doreen Stumborg
Ph: 306-966-1417

Maintains contact with the Research Groups' leaders and coordinates activities of the Research Groups from all health disciplines.  Serves as a liaison between the Research Groups, the College of Medicine, the Office of Research Services and funding agencies.

Assistant Dean Graduate Studies – Dr. David Cooper
Ph: 306-966-7895

The Assistant Dean Graduate Studies is responsible for the strategic and academic leadership of learning, teaching and the graduate student experience in the College of Medicine.

Health Sciences Graduate Program Coordinator - Chantal Jantzen
Ph: 306-966-6957

The Graduate Program Coordinator, supports the Assistant Dean Graduate Studies in setting the strategic direction of the graduate programs. The Program Coordinator also manages the any issues related to graduate students & scholarships, the Clinician Investigator Program, and the MD/PhD program.

Research Secretary – Lawrene Toews

Ph: 306-966-8119

Reporting to the Vice-Dean Research (VDR), the Research Secretary is responsible for providing support to the Vice-Dean’s Research Office team in fostering the research enterprise within the college. The Research Secretary provides administrative office and academic support to the Vice-Dean research on all research related matters and acts as the first point of contact within the office.