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U of S researcher earns national acclaim

University of Saskatchewan (U of S) medical anthropologist James Waldram has been honoured with one of Canada’s most prestigious research awards.

The U of S professor in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, College of Arts and Science, was celebrated today in Ottawa by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) as one of five national recipients of SSHRC Impact awards. He will receive $50,000 in research funding.

The SSHRC described Waldram’s work over his 33-year academic career as “the gold standard of knowledge about Indigenous/First Nations health and healing.”

“Professor Waldram is internationally renowned as a leader in researching Indigenous health, and we are proud that his outstanding work is being recognized with this national award,” said U of S president Peter Stoicheff. “This award is a testament to how highly his work is regarded by his colleagues in the research community and to the impact of the social sciences on the well-being of communities.”

A leading Canadian researcher in the field, Waldram documents traditional Indigenous knowledge, practices and healing techniques throughout North America and Central America. Over the past 12 years, he has travelled to Belize to live with the Indigenous Q’eqchi’ Maya people and to study their traditional healing practices. continue reading...

Former researcher earns World Agriculture Prize

Lorne Babiuk, a former U of S researcher and one of the country’s leaders in health research, was recently awarded a prestigious agricultural research prize.

The U of S alum (BSA'67, MSc'69, DSc'87)—now the vice-president research at the University of Alberta—was awarded the World Agriculture Prize by the Global Confederation of Higher Education Associations for Agricultural and Life Sciences (GCHERA). The award recognizes his lifetime contributions as a renowned virologist, acclaimed for his international leadership in vaccine development and research in veterinary infectious disease control.

As a former director of VIDO—which underwent a $19.4-million expansion in 2003 during his tenure—Babiuk led a team that developed six world-first livestock vaccines, including the first genetically engineered vaccine for an animal species. Known for applying animal research to human diseases, he created a vaccine against rotavirus in calves that enabled researchers to develop a vaccine against the viral bowel infection in children. He also set in motion the creation of the International Vaccine Centre (InterVac) at the U of S. Officially opened in 2011, the $140-million level three biocontainment facility is one of the largest of its kind in the world and key to advancing the next generation of vaccines designed to combat diseases such as pandemic influenza, West Nile virus, tuberculosis and numerous others.

Call for Applications

University of Saskatchewan - Beijing Institute of Technology International Flagship Partnership Research Grants (IFPRG)

The University of Saskatchewan (U of S) and Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) have jointly announced a call for applications to support the development of research collaborations between U of S researchers and colleagues at BIT, our Flagship Partner Institution in China. It is expected this funding will enhance the capacity of researchers at the U of S and BIT to jointly pursue and leverage external research funding.

The International Flagship Partnership Research Grants (IFPRG) Program is intended to support:
  1. workshops to initiate / enhance BIT- U of S research collaboration, and
  2. to develop funding proposals for international research involving BIT - U of S groups/consortia.

The IFPRG Program is co-funded by the U of S and BIT on a 1:1 matching basis. The funding will support partnership-building activities, external research grant preparation and submission, and travel related expenses. Proposals should identify and detail proposed international research funding applications as outcomes of the IFRPG grant/collaboration.

The International Office would be pleased to assist in identifying research collaborators and please contact le.li@usask.ca as soon as possible to request match-making assistance.

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