February 18th, 2021
The highly regarded Dr. Baljit Singh will be engaging in a collaborative event, "Interactive Introduction to Dr. Baljit Singh, Vice-President Research" via WebEx on Thursday, February 18th, 2021 at 4:00pm. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions and ideas to this interactive seminar!
Please find the WebEx link below.
Meeting password: vCC2xyJpw55
Please e-mail us if you have any questions and/or recommendations for upcoming seminar speakers!
2021 Rapid Response COVID-19 Research Funding Initiative
Mingling Minds and the Office of the Vice-Dean Research have partnered to generate the 2021 Rapid Response COVID-19 Research Funding initiative to help facilitate collaborative research in the College of Medicine in regards to the COVID-19 vaccine by providing a unique funding opportunity to catalyze small-scale, time-sensitive research projects focused on COVID-19 vaccine roll-out, delivery, and impact in Saskatchewan.
In order to be eligible to apply for this funding, the principle investigator must be a Mingling Minds member. Membership agreement is attached and must be submitted prior to or along with the 2021 Rapid Response COVID-19 Research Funding application. Mingling Minds membership applications should be submitted to Mingling Minds.
Deadline for funding applications is February 1st, 2021 at 4:30pm and should be submitted to OVDR Funding.
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).
Stefany Cornea, Msc candidate
Stefany Cornea is a Health Sciences graduate student studying the effects of BRK family kinases in gastric cancer in the lab of Dr. Erique Lukong within the Cancer Research Cluster at the University of Saskatchewan. Stefany represents the Office of the Vice-Dean Research as a student project coordinator and is the administrator for the Mingling Minds seminar series.
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