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Research News - Issue 2

March 23, 2005
University of Saskatchewan Research News


U of S Allotted Three More Canada Research Chairs

The University of Saskatchewan has been allotted three more Canada Research Chairs, bringing the total to 34. The university has 36 months to fill the Tier 1 CIHR chair, Tier 2 SSHRC chair, and Tier 2 NSERC chair. Chair allotments are based on a three-year rolling average of Tri-council funding, indicating U of S researchers' success in securing Tri-council grants for their work. Tier 1 Chairs provide $1.4 million over seven years; Tier 2 Chairs $500,000 over five years. So far, 26 chairs have been awarded, for a total of $25 million. The chairs are eligible for infrastructure funding through the Canada Foundation for Innovation and partners; this has so far totalled $8.6 million.

InterVac gets $24 Million to Help Combat Emerging Diseases

The drive to create the International Vaccine Centre (InterVac) received a $24-million boost from the federal government on March 16. Prime Minister Paul Martin and Finance Minister Ralph Goodale announced the funding at a news conference at the U of S's Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO). VIDO is collaborating with the Western College of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Medicine in the InterVac project, to be one of the largest vaccine research laboratories in North America when completed in 2009. It will improve capacity to develop vaccines against diseases such as SARS, West Nile virus and avian influenza. Last year, the Canada Foundation for Innovation approved $19.2 million for the facility. The U of S and City of Saskatoon have contributed a total of about $550,000; other funding is being negotiated. InterVac's price tag is estimated at more than $70 million.

Province devotes $1 Million to TSE Research

Saskatchewan’s government announced $1 million in funding to the U of S to support research into transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs), a class of diseases that includes BSE in cattle, scrapie in sheep, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans, and chronic wasting disease (CWD) in deer and their relatives. In a related development, Prairie Diagnostic Services, with locations in Regina and at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, received $200,000 to buy equipment that will cut testing times in half for CWD in hunter-killed deer. Results should now be available in three or four days rather than up to 10 days.

U of S and Affiliates Capture $2.8 Million in ADF Funding

The U of S, VIDO and the Prairie Swine Centre captured $2.8 million of the $3.2 million awarded from the provincial government’s Agriculture Development Fund in this spring’s allotment. The College of Agriculture receives $2.2 million for a variety of projects, such as developing aquaculture feeds based on canola, peas and flax, using mustard to produce environmentally friendly pesticides to control worms, improving crop quality and developing new markets. The College of Engineering receives $190,000 to study waste management for livestock operations, and the Western College of Veterinary Medicine receives $120,000 to determine if stress on sows effects piglet birth weight. The Prairie Swine Centre receives $80,000 to look at the feed potential of byproducts of ethanol plants. Finally, VIDO receives $200,000 to help develop a DNA-based vaccine against respiratory disease in young calves.

Distinguished Researcher Award Nominations Due March 31

Nominations are due March 31 for the 2005 Distinguished Researcher Awards to honour excellence in research, scholarly, or artistic work. There are now two categories for nominations, one for individuals who completed their PhD or terminal degree required by their position at the university within the last 10 years, and another for those who reached this point more than 10 years ago. Criteria and nomination forms are available online. Questions can be addressed to Laura Zink at 1778.

Toop "Science for Saskatchewan" Nominations Due March 31

Nominations are due March 31 for candidates for the 2005 Harry Toop Memorial Science for Saskatchewan Lecture. Candidates can come from either within the university community or from elsewhere to speak on scientific developments of import to Saskatchewan’s economy. Nomination packages must include a letter outlining the proposed speaker’s suitability, as well as their curriculum vitae. Criteria are available online at

NSERC Synergy Awards for Outstanding University-Industry R&D Partnerships

NSERC has announced its 2005 Synergy Awards for Innovation to recognize and reward innovation in collaborative research and development in the natural sciences and engineering. The awards honour those who have improved our quality of life through collaboration. Winning universities receive a $25,000 NSERC research grant and industry partners receive the prestigious Synergy sculpture. Entry forms are available at or via email to Nominations should be directed to U of S Awards Facilitator Mary Walters. Deadline for entries is May 31, 2005.

Wildlife Health Program Recognized with NSERC PromoScience Grant

A cooperative program launched in 2003 between the Western College of Veterinary Medicine and the government of the Northwest Territories has been recognized with an NSERC PromoScience grant of $16,300. The grants support imaginative science and engineering programming for young people. The program, “Populations and Health in the Sahtu: Developing Community Expertise” encourages community participation in monitoring wildlife diseases and the health of wildlife populations in the Sahtu region of the Northwest Territories.

Ron Mantyka, Curtis Chapman Join OVPR

Ron Mantyka has joined Research Services as Research Development Officer. He will work primarily with the College of Agriculture, identifying grant and contract opportunities as well as helping proposal development related to provincial, national and international research. Ron can be reached at 966-1334.
Curtis Chapman has joined the Ethics Unit in the Office of the VP Research as Ethics Officer for the Behavioural Research Ethics Board. He will administer all aspects of submission, review, revision, and approval of research protocols involving human subjects that fall under the board mandate. Curtis can be reached at 966-2084.

Research Contacts Now Available Online

Getting in touch with the right person in the Office of the Vice President Research just got easier with the addition of an updated organizational chart and staff directory. The directory includes contact information and a brief description of each person's function to ensure efficient access to the research community.

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