University of Saskatchewan

September 17, 2014   

Just a Minute: Bright Ideas from Synchrotron Students for Canadian Health

“Synchrotron Sciences: Innovation in Health, Environment and Advanced Technologies” is a signature area of University of Saskatchewan (U of S) research.

U of S graduate students and post-doctoral fellows have unique opportunities for research at training due to the presence of the Canadian Light Source (CLS) on our campus.  The following 60-second videos were made by some of the students in the CIHR Training Grant in Health Research Using Synchrotron Techniques (CIHR-THRUST) program at the U of S to share some of the discoveries they are making that could make a difference to the health of Canadians.

The CIHR-THRUST program is a cross-disciplinary training and mentoring program in the development and use of synchrotron techniques to address key questions in Canadian health research. Centred at the U of S and the CLS, University of Saskatchewan and the CLS, the program is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research through the Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research (STIHR) program. THRUST will train more than 50 of the next generation of Canadian synchrotron health researchers between 2009 and 2015.


Zohreh Izadifar, U of S PhD student in Biomedical Engineering: Using synchrotron imaging to monitor cartilage repair


Julien Cotelesage, U of S Post-doctoral Fellow In Geological Sciences: Using the Canadian Light Source to Find a Treatment for Malaria


Yasmin Carter, U of S PhD Candidate in Anatomy and Cell Biology: Illuminating Osteoporosis


Natasha Dolgova, U of S Research Associate in Biochemistry: Relationship between Wilson Disease and cancer cell resistance to chemotherapy


Glendon Rhoades, U of S biomedical engineering graduate student: Exploring Joints by the Light of a Synchrotron


Tracy MacDonald, U of S toxicology graduate student: Chemical Form Matters: Mercury Accumulation in Zebrafish


Upekha Basnayaka, U of S graduate student in obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences: Synchrotron Radiation: A Brilliant Tool for Imaging Human Ovaries?


Mark Hackett, U of S post-doctoral fellow in geological sciences: Mapping the Maze to Memory Loss


Jake Pushie, U of S post-doctoral fellow in geological sciences: Keeping Metals in Mind


Katherine Ball, U of S department of veterinary biomedical sciences: Gallium Maltolate: New Hope for Battling Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in the Bladder?