Upcoming Events

Collaborative research information sharing and strategic planning

The Mingling Minds Program, which promotes and facilitates transdisciplinary health research, is pleased to host a series of informal noon-hour sessions to exchange information and ideas relating to a variety of research themes.

Five theme-specific sessions are planned for April 2024. Lunch will be provided. There is no cost to attend but registration is required.

All sessions will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Room 1254, E Wing, Health Sciences Building, U of S campus. We look forward to your participation in these knowledge-sharing, collaborative sessions.

Tuesday, April 9, 2024
Applying quantum computing to analyze Saskatchewan Health Research Data Platform (SK-HRDP) datasets
This session will include brief introductions to quantum computing and to SK-HRDP datasets and will explore strategies and opportunities for applying quantum computing to analyze administrative data. In-person attendance is encouraged but a Zoom option for this session will be available for those not residing in Saskatoon. Register

Friday, April 12, 2024
Research discoveries using national and global birth cohort datasets
This session will include an overview of Canadian and international birth cohort datasets and their contents. Attendees will identify research questions they would like addressed using existing birth cohort datasets leading to discussion of logistics for accessing the data. Register

Tuesday, April 16, 2024
Bioimaging from human to molecules: Current U of S imaging resources and opportunities for enhancements 
This session will include a summary of the inventory of the broad spectrum of infrastructure resources and technologies suitable for imaging humans to molecules, in the College of Medicine and University of Saskatchewan. The discussion will identify technology resource gaps and explore strategies for enhancing imaging infrastructure. Register

Friday, April 19, 2024
Opportunities for conducting and funding international collaborative research
This session will introduce attendees to the services offered by the U of S International Office and how to engage with the Office’s International Research Specialists and explore attendees’ international collaborative interests. Register

Friday, April 26, 2024
Engaging with Indigenous communities – Saskatchewan Network Environments for Indigenous Health Research (SK-NEIHR) and the NEIHR National Coordinating Centre
This session will introduce attendees to the Saskatchewan Networks Environments for Indigenous Health Research (SK-NEIHR) and the CIHR-funded NEIHR National Coordinating Centre program and how to engage with and seek guidance from NEIHR leaders. Register

April 2024 events poster

Please e-mail us if you have any recommendations for upcoming topic areas or programming in general. 

Mingling Minds Team

Dr. Alan Rosenberg

Alan Rosenberg, BA, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Rosenberg, a pediatric rheumatologist, provides care to Saskatchewan children and youth with various forms of arthritis and related rheumatic diseases. The Pediatric Rheumatology Clinical Program coordinates comprehensive multidisciplinary care at the Royal University Hospital and throughout Saskatchewan via travelling and telehealth clinics. Dr. Rosenberg also provides care for children with immunologic, including immunodeficiency disorders.

Dr. Rosenberg also directs the activities of The Pediatric Rheumatic Disease Research and Innovative Laboratory at the University of Saskatchewan. For more than two decades the Laboratory has maintained an active research program.

Dr. Joyce Wilson

Joyce Wilson, PhD

Dr. Wilson received her PhD from Queen’s University and postdoctoral training at the University of Georgia and the University of Toronto. She is currently a Professor at the University of Saskatchewan in the department of Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Immunology. Her research focuses on how viruses interact with host miRNA machinery and how viral life cycles are regulated by viral genomic RNA structures. In particular her lab has studied for many years how miR-122, a liver specific miRNA promotes HCV infections. MiR-122 anneals to the HCV 5’ untranslated region in association with the host protein Argonaute 2 and is required for efficient genome replication. It is also an important regulator of HCV tropism to the liver. Recent evidence suggests that miRNA annealing activates a molecular switch by changing the structure of the viral genomic RNA. And her work focuses on discovering how and why the virus became dependent on a host microRNA and characterizing the molecular details of the RNA structural switch. Further,  her work aims to identify RNA structures and molecular switches in other viral genomes to gain a better understanding of how genomic RNA structures regulate virus life cycles. RNA motifs involved in virus replication are in general more conserved and intolerant to mutations making them promising therapeutic targets. Her research is funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC).

Contact Us

Mingling Minds is brought to you by the Office of the Vice-Dean Research.

The Office of the Vice-Dean Research is presently located in A-Wing of the Health Sciences Building on the U of S campus.  Office hours are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday to Friday, and closed for Statutory Holidays.  Please feel free to drop in and chat with our staff, or contact us via  Email or phone at (306)966-2621.

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Office of the Vice-Dean Research
  College of Medicine
  University of Saskatchewan
  Office 4A20 - Dean's Suite, Health Sciences Building
  107 Wiggins Road, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5E5
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