USask appoints new special advisor on anti-racism and anti-oppression

University of Saskatchewan (USask) education expert Dr. Verna St. Denis (PhD) has been seconded to the position of special advisor to the president on anti-racism and anti-oppression.

USask study finds COVID isolation worsens student diets, inactivity, and alcohol intake

SASKATOON – A University of Saskatchewan (USask) study has found that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to significant worsening of already poor dietary habits, low activity levels, sedentary behaviour, and high alcohol consumption among university students.

Stretching more effective than walking to lower high blood pressure: USask study

A new University of Saskatchewan (USask) study has found that stretching is superior to brisk walking for reducing blood pressure in people with high blood pressure or who are at risk of developing elevated levels.

USask biomedical scientist receives national Heart & Stroke Foundation award, scholarship

A University of Saskatchewan (USask) biomedical scientist has been ranked first among Canada’s best young researchers, earning a prestigious scholarship from the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

The president’s perspective: New year brings new optimism for USask

The year 2020 will be remembered as the year of the pandemic, but for President Peter Stoicheff it was also the year the University of Saskatchewan (USask) passed one of the most critical tests in its storied 113-year history.

History of infectious diseases and vaccination: New USask course features an innovative interdisciplinary approach

As people around the world wait to receive one of several COVID-19 vaccines developed to help end the coronavirus pandemic, a timely new University of Saskatchewan (USask) course will explore interdisciplinary perspectives on infectious diseases and inoculation.

USask biomedical researcher searches for answers to viruses

A University of Saskatchewan (USask) biomedical scientist is aiming to identify and create cures for viruses before they evolve to make a deadlier impact.

Collaboration key in USask oncology research

A career in research and academia wasn’t what Dr. Monique Mayer (DVM) envisioned for herself when she graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) in 1995.

UN advisor headlines USask’s PAW conference

World-renowned economist, sustainability leader, and author Dr. Jeffrey Sachs (PhD) will address the University of Saskatchewan (USask) 2021 People Around the World (PAW) conference focused on the United Nations’ (UN) 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

VIDO’s COVID-19 vaccine receives Health Canada clinical trial approval

SASKATOON – The Vaccine and infectious Disease Organization (VIDO) at the University of Saskatchewan has received a notice of authorization from Health Canada to initiate a Phase 1 clinical vaccine trial.

USask awarded $4.8M for research chairs in digital gaming, health history, energy security, and environmental health

SASKATOON – Three University of Saskatchewan female researchers recognized as among Canada’s most promising leaders in their fields have been awarded new Canada Research Chairs (CRC) to advance their innovative work in digital gaming, northern energy security, and health history.

President’s statement on fifth anniversary of Truth and Reconciliation Commission Final Report

On the fifth anniversary of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Final Report, it is important to reflect on the necessary steps the University of Saskatchewan (USask) has taken to address the Calls to Action that were released in June, 2015. Equally important, if not more, is acknowledging the...

USask professors prepare for innovative, engaging online classes in Term 2

As the University of Saskatchewan (USask) prepares for a new term in January, professors from a wide variety of academic disciplines are focusing on teaching methodologies that will help students succeed in an online environment.<br/><br/>

The role of public health in the global pandemic

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has impacted society on a global level and has started a conversation about the importance of public health and public health programming.

New kinesiology research: Masking up for physical fitness

A new study by researchers in the College of Kinesiology has determined that exercise performance and blood and muscle oxygen levels for healthy individuals are not affected by wearing a face mask during workouts.

Hopkins advancing surgical care

For cancer patients, a quick recovery after surgery is an essential part of their treatment.

VIDO-InterVac on track to become ‘Canada’s centre for pandemic research’

A major takeaway from the COVID-19 pandemic is that emerging diseases require rapid responses and Canada needs to be better prepared to respond to the next one, says University of Saskatchewan research centre leader Dr. Volker Gerdts (DVM).

USask team developing COVID-19 wildlife test

As the world continues to search for answers to COVID-19, University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers are focused on tracking the virus in wildlife.

Animal-assisted socialization: USask researcher exploring new program to support Canada’s aging population

As a child, Meghan Flath grew up with pets, experiencing first-hand the mental health benefits that connection brings. Now she wants to show how it can improve the lives of lonely older adults as the country’s aging population continues to grow.

USask nursing meets the challenge of the pandemic

“Be kind, be calm, and be safe.” During this challenging time in history, the mantra of noted Canadian physician Dr. Bonnie Henry (MD) brings comfort to College of Nursing interim dean Cindy Peternelj-Taylor.

USask leads Canada’s medical universities in research income growth, moving up three places to 11th spot in overall national ranking

SASKATOON – In the just-published Canada's Top 50 Research Universities 2020 rankings, the University of Saskatchewan (USask) is ranked first among the country’s medical universities for growth in total research income—an almost 40-per-cent gain in all external research grants and contracts

Animals may hold key to understanding proteins involved in COVID-19 infection

What makes the elderly and people with underlying health conditions more vulnerable to COVID-19?

Indigenous wellness learning at USask supported by CMA and SMA

SASKATOON – University of Saskatchewan (USask) fourth-year medical students will be able to take the national award-winning Indigenous wellness online course, The Role of Practitioners in Indigenous Wellness, at no cost with the generous support of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and the Sask...

National Indigenous health research leader honoured with SHRF Achievement Award

SASKATOON – A prominent national leader, visionary and researcher in Indigenous health—Carrie Bourassa of the University of Saskatchewan (USask)—was honoured with an Achievement Award from the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) today.

USask partners on a made-in-Saskatchewan ventilator project

SASKATOON – One hundred made-in-Saskatchewan ventilators will soon be available to support the needs of the province’s residents, thanks to an innovative collaboration among the University of Saskatchewan (USask), the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA), and RMD Engineering Inc.

Bleach-alternative COVID-19 surface disinfectants may pollute indoor air: USask research

Cleaning surfaces with hydrogen peroxide-based disinfectants has the potential to pollute the air and pose a health risk, according to research led by the University of Saskatchewan (USask).

New physician training program at USask supports child mental health

A new program at the University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) College of Medicine is helping Saskatchewan physicians and nurse practitioners better support pediatric mental health needs in the province.

USask researchers lead national project to eliminate cervical cancer in Canada

SASKATOON – University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers will play a lead role in a $1.6-million Urban Public Health Network (UPHN)-led national research project to help eliminate cervical cancer in Canada by 2040.

Imminent surge in new COVID-19 cases in Saskatoon: USask wastewater data

SASKATOON – Data collected by the University of Saskatchewan (USask) wastewater surveillance team shows Saskatoon’s COVID-19 case numbers are likely to increase exponentially in the next seven days.

New agreement supports reconciliation and Treaty education at USask

The University of Saskatchewan (USask) through the Office of the Vice-Provost of Indigenous Engagement (OVPIE) and the Office of the Treaty Commissioner (OTC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today to ensure that more Indigenous students graduate through increased work in Treaty education ...

USask appoints new provost and VP academic

SASKATOON – Dr. Airini (PhD) is joining the University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) leadership team as the next provost and vice-president academic for a five-year term beginning on February 1, 2021.

USask unites: Stepping up from the sidelines

From raising tens of thousands of dollars for needed supplies in La Loche to helping health care workers from the sidelines, medical students felt called to help Saskatchewan communities during a global pandemic — the same communities they are being trained to serve as physicians.

The social significance of the global pandemic

When COVID-19 came to Canada, researchers knew its implications would go far beyond the direct effects of the virus.

Uniquely USask: Cobalt-60 treatment at USask made medical history

Next year marks a special 70-year anniversary for the University of Saskatchewan (USask), when researchers made medical history on campus and began a tradition of world-leading innovation that continues to this day.

USask alumnus focuses on health-related projects as postdoctoral fellow

A high-achieving three-time University of Saskatchewan (USask) alumnus has now completed his PhD—but his USask journey is far from over.<br/><br/>

USask launches first study on effects of smoked cannabis on brain development

SASKATOON – University of Saskatchewan (USask) pharmacologist Robert Laprairie will use a Brain Canada research grant to determine how a mother’s use of cannabis during pregnancy affects the brain of the developing fetus she’s carrying.

USask researchers find face masks don't hinder breathing during exercise

SASKATOON – A new University of Saskatchewan (USask) study has found that exercise performance and blood and muscle oxygen levels are not affected for healthy individuals wearing a face mask during strenuous workouts.

USask unites: Kinesiology student launches CovidPacs

Third year kinesiology student, Topaza Yu, is helping families with school-aged children alleviate some of the stresses of finding accessible and informative educational activities during the pandemic.

Extending the lifespan of N95 masks

Researchers in national facilities at USask are working together to better understand how decontamination procedures might affect the structure and potential reuse of N95 masks.

USask launches global lecture series focusing on health, wellness

SASKATOON – The University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) College of Kinesiology is launching the Don Bailey Lecture Series this week, featuring guest speakers from across the globe, presenting on a broad range of topics that advance health and wellness, and promote the importance of maintaining a health...

COVID-19 callback centre set up at USask

SASKATOON – A callback centre for COVID-19 has been set up by the USask College of Nursing, in partnership with the Saskatchewan Health Authority and Public Health.

USask doctor volunteers to support COVID-19 efforts in Bolivia

SASKATOON – Helping the community where he was born, Dr. Ivar Mendez has decided to take a six-month unpaid leave as department head of surgery at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) beginning Jan 1, 2021, to provide pandemic support in Bolivia.

COVID-19 levels in Saskatoon’s wastewater point to upcoming increase in cases

New tool developed at the University of Saskatchewan to detect virus levels

USask tackles pre-teen male infertility with stem cells

New USask stem cell research may help endangered animals reproduce and may one day be key to curing infertility in boys that is sometimes caused by cancer treatments.

USask researcher and Métis partners collaborate to jig away cardiac woes

SASKATOON – In a first-of-its-kind Canadian study, University of Saskatchewan (USask) researcher Heather Foulds will assess the physical, mental, cultural, and social benefits that result from performing traditional Métis social dances—something she says can narrow the health gap between Métis and n...

WCVM graduates part of USask Fall Convocation

A group of 13 graduate students from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) will be part of the University of Saskatchewan's Fall Convocation celebrations in November 2020.

Sexual violence prevention and response training released for USask community

Four sexual violence prevention and response training modules have been released and made available to students, faculty and staff at the University of Saskatchewan (USask).

New dental clinic on USask Prince Albert Campus welcomes patients

The University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) College of Dentistry has officially opened a seven-chair dental clinic on the USask Prince Albert Campus and is now accepting patients. 

USask VIDO-InterVac expands international role to test antiviral compounds against COVID-19

The Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) has been awarded a grant of almost $830,000 from the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator to determine the effectiveness of several antiviral compounds against COVID-19...

His father's son: Nazeem Muhajarine connects the coronavirus and human behaviour

The way people perceive threats in a pandemic affects the spread of COVID-19, according to social epidemiologist Dr. Nazeem Muhajarine (PhD).

USask research teams awarded $345,000 for COVID-19 mental health projects

SASKATOON – Two University of Saskatchewan (USask)-led research teams have been awarded a total of $345,064 in federal funding to expand the reach of innovative digital technology projects aimed at meeting mental health needs of people coping with physical distancing and isolation during the COVID-1...

Innovation to feed a post-pandemic world

World Food Day on October 16 is traditionally a time to shine the spotlight on global hunger and poverty and inspire innovative solutions for world change.

USask researcher building new model for MS care

As the search for a cause and a cure for multiple sclerosis (MS) continues around the world, Dr. Sarah Donkers (PhD) is exploring new ways to improve the lives of individuals living with the disease here in Saskatchewan.

Imaging inflammatory bowel disease with ultrasound microbubbles

A University of Saskatchewan (USask) researcher is developing ultrasound microbubbles to create a non-invasive, painless, and fast way to identify inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

WCVM team researching hormones for better health

A high school biology class sparked a lifelong passion for University of Saskatchewan (USask) scientist Dr. Suraj Unniappan (PhD).

Safely offering campus recreation opportunities

Recreation on campus has always been a positive component of the student experience at the University of Saskatchewan (USask).

Dr. Irene Evans: Helping students in need succeed

University of Saskatchewan (USask) College of Medicine students receive generous support through the Doctors Gwilym and Irene Evans Award, thanks to the $3-million legacy gift from Dr. Irene (Puetz) Evans (MD’63).

The art of veterinary medicine

There is an art to deciphering the meaning behind the dots, squiggles and blobs of a magnified urine or blood sample, and it is a skill that can not only be a struggle to learn, but to teach.

USask researcher targets aggressive breast cancers with new drugs

SASKATOON – More than 5,100 women in Canada—about 75 a day—will die from breast cancers this year, a dismal statistic that University of Saskatchewan (USask) radiopharmacist Dr. Humphrey Fonge (PhD) aims to sharply reduce with potent new drugs that specifically target two aggressive types of cancer.

USask tips: How to support wellness amidst COVID-19

World Mental Health Day, observed on Oct. 10, is an opportunity to raise awareness of mental health issues and to mobilize efforts in support of mental health.

USask community to honour residential school survivors and their families with Orange Shirt Day

The University of Saskatchewan (USask) community is getting ready to participate in Orange Shirt Day on Wednesday, Sept. 30, to acknowledge and remember residential school survivors and their families.

USask partners with Sask. First Nation to open Northern community dental clinic

SASKATOON – The College of Dentistry at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) has partnered with the Big River First Nation to launch a new dental clinic, providing service to a community with limited access to oral health-care.

USask game teaches healthy eating to online shoppers

The game, ShopRight, is already available for web browsers. It simulates supermarket aisles that players can explore, and presents shoppers with several products to choose from the shelves.

Exploring technology use with Indigenous elderly for health and well-being

University of Saskatchewan (USask) post-doctoral fellow Dr. Cari McIlduff (PhD) has been awarded $45,000 from AGE-WELL and the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) to learn which technology and telehealth services older Indigenous people would like to use for support in leading a healthy l...

USask unites: Virologist discusses the realities of research amid COVID-19 pandemic

Since the first cases of COVID-19 were announced in the province, members of the USask community have come together to support one another in these uncertain times.

Innovation Saskatchewan awards $1M to USask research projects

Developing new therapies for the HIV virus, creating artificial substitutes for human tissue and organs, and predicting cyberattacks are some of the University of Saskatchewan (USask) research projects made possible through Innovation Saskatchewan’s Innovation and Science Fund (ISF).

USask launches Canadian Hub for Applied and Social Research

A newly launched research support and consulting hub at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) offers a unique menu of research services within Canada, including gathering data on public opinion and human behaviour.

USask researchers' in vitro fertilization successful with baby bison

It’s a rare privilege to welcome newborn bison calves into the world. It’s even more rare when those calves are the fruit of your labour.

USask College of Dentistry adapts to COVID-19

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has required colleges across the University of Saskatchewan (USask) to make significant changes in their educational programming.

USask collaboration creates free cannabis education toolkit

REACH program consists of new curriculum resources for Saskatchewan classrooms to help youth make healthy, informed decisions about cannabis use.

Uniquely USask: Florence Nightingale’s medicine chest

Florence Nightingale is widely regarded as the most famous nurse of all time. And more than a century after her passing, a historic piece of her remarkable life story sits on display at the University of Saskatchewan (USask).

USask researchers take aim at airborne COVID-19 virus

Daily moments made potentially risky by COVID-19, such as cramming into a crowded bus or elevator, sitting in a packed classroom, and visiting a vulnerable relative in long-term care, may be rendered safer again thanks to new federally funded University of Saskatchewan (USask) research into ventilat...

$134M interprovincial agreement renewed for Western College of Veterinary Medicine

Three provincial governments announced the renewal of their financial commitment to the University of Saskatchewan’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) today.<br/><br/>

Online therapy dog program to continue this fall following positive survey results

Responses to a recent survey that asked members of the University of Saskatchewan (USask) community about the PAWS Your Stress Therapy Dog Program highlighted “the power of connection between humans and animals” during the COVID-19 pandemic.<br/><br/>

USask respirologist offers tips for wearing masks, and why they work

Wearing a mask is now mandatory indoors for those on campus, and a University of Saskatchewan (USask) respiratory expert says there are plenty of good reasons why they help protect you and others around you.

USask awarded $1.2M to advance health, agriculture and environmental research

Creating artificial substitutes for human tissue and organs, discovering the best diet to help bacteria break down oil spills, and using high-powered computing to develop next-generation materials are some of the University of Saskatchewan (USask) projects made possible by new research infrastructur...

USask researchers explore therapeutics to fight COVID-19

With COVID-19 ravaging the globe, the race is on to accelerate therapeutics research and find effective treatment options.

USask provides virtual care during pandemic

When an outbreak of COVID-19 caused travel restrictions to be instituted in northern Saskatchewan in May, residents’ access to health care services were limited—especially for expectant mothers.

Tracking pandemic public health responses

The rampant spread of COVID-19 south of the border and the increasing number of localized cluster outbreaks in areas of Saskatchewan are clear warning signs to researchers like Dr. Cory Neudorf (MD) that we must remain diligent in the face of the global pandemic.

Data drives decisions to contain COVID-19

After finally emerging from months of working and sheltering at home, with the majority of the population following pandemic prevention measures, Dr. Nazeem Muhajarine (PhD) knows the last thing people want to think about right now is a potential second wave.

Cancer therapies connect dogs and humans

Dogs may hold the key to uncovering novel cancer therapy targets and treatments that will benefit domestic animals and their owners, as well as human cancer patients.

USask preserving the provincial pandemic experience

In a year unlike any in our lifetime, we all have observed countless signifiers that reinforce the gravity of life during the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Cow tilt table a uniquely USask teaching tool

It is a marvel of engineering, designed to safely hoist a cow or bull weighing as much as a small car.

Alumni Week goes virtual

Traditionally, Alumni Weekend is a time to get together and reconnect with old friends and reminisce about good times, visit old haunts and have a few laughs.

Making a difference: USask research centres help to combat COVID-19 pandemic

Several University of Saskatchewan research centres are supporting the international effort to fight COVID-19 with some of the most advanced research tools Canada has to offer.

Agtech to the rescue in a pandemic: adapting plant labs for human testing

Just as redeploying a fleet of small British fishing boats helped during the Battle of Dunkirk, marshalling the research equipment and expertise of the many agtech labs around the world could help combat pandemics, say the authors of a just-published article in Nature Biotechnology.

USask’s VIDO-InterVac partners with Canadian manufacturers to combat COVID-19

A world leader in developing vaccines and technologies to combat infectious diseases, the University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) has partnered with Dalton Pharma Services (Dalton), as well as Biodextris, in the ef...

USask researchers partner on $1.3-million study on affordable housing

SASKATOON – A University of Saskatchewan (USask) research team has partnered with researchers across Canada to study how different types of affordable rental housing impact the lives of marginalized people and families.

USask-led Indigenous health research network finds home at Station 20 West

SASKATOON — In a significant step for Indigenous health research in Saskatchewan and nationally, a new University of Saskatchewan (USask)-led network dedicated to improving health and wellness in Indigenous communities will be moving into Station 20 West in a core neighborhood of Saskatoon’s west si...

Canadian universities partner to fight COVID-19 at USask’s VIDO-InterVac

Infectious disease experts from Dalhousie University and University of Manitoba (UM) are joining the leading-edge research team at the University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) on one-year secondments to collaborativ...

CFI awards $77.5M to help major USask science facilities address COVID-19 and other global challenges

SASKATOON – Two of Canada’s top science facilities at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) have been awarded a total of more than $77.5 million—a third of the total $230 million announced today by Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry Navdeep Bains for 14 research facilities across...

Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship: Saniya Alwani

The College of Pharmacy and Nutrition is pleased to announce that PhD student Saniya Alwani has been awarded an Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship-Doctoral to undertake her research project, Engineering amino acid functionalized nanodiamonds for gene delivery, under the supervision of...

USask College of Nursing receives funding to address mental health issues

University of Saskatchewan (USask) assistant professor Dr. Hua Li (PhD) has received two grants totalling over $225,000 to tackle mental health and addiction-related challenges.

USask researchers awarded $715,000 to tackle mental health and addictions, MS, and other health issues

SASKATOON – Six University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers have been awarded a total of more than $715,000 by the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) to lead new health research programs, half of which are related to mental health and addictions.

Going remote: How USask rallied together in the face of the pandemic

In March 2020, COVID-19 hit and the University of Saskatchewan (USask) took immediate action in making critical decisions that would have a lasting impact on teaching and learning.

Supporting campus community during the pandemic

Dealing with the stress and anxiety of living through a global pandemic has not been easy for many members of the University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) campus community.