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Research News - Issue 4

April 20, 2005
University of Saskatchewan Research News


Province Announces $4.5 Million in ISF Grants

Learning Minister Andrew Thomson (photo, right) has announced $4.5 million in grants from Saskatchewan’s Innovation and Science Fund (ISF) to help support 10 Canada Research Chairs at the U of S. Lisa Kalynchuk from psychology and Jean-Pierre St-Maurice (photo, centre) from physics and engineering physics spoke at the April 15 news conference on the importance of the Canada Research Chairs program and associated provincial and federal funding in drawing them to the U of S to set up successful research programs. The ISF funds also match those received by the Canada Foundation for Innovation, which provides New Opportunities grants and grants for infrastructure associated with the Chairs. Later that evening, Premier Lorne Calvert and Minister Thomson were on hand to congratulate the recipients at the First Annual Premier’s Innovation and Science Fund Gala at Marquis Hall.

SDRI Event Explores Drug Research Clinical Trials and Operating Procedures

The Saskatchewan Drug Research Institute (SDRI) is presenting its Spring Clinical Trial Symposium and Standard Operating Procedures Workshop at the Atrium Building at Innovation Place April 28 and 29. The event will explore essential topics including investigator contracts, liability, codes of conduct, privacy, recruitment, budgeting and more. For information and to register, visit or call 978-8300. Registration will be accepted up to the day of the event.

Education Research Looks at Aboriginal Experience in Melfort High School

Naome Soleil in the department of educational foundations will work with educators from the Melfort Tiger Lily School Division to look at the experience of Aboriginal and Métis students. The project will focus on teaching methods, course materials and culturally relevant activities at Melfort and Unit Comprehensive Collegiate, in an effort to identify common themes that lead to academic and social success for students. The project, entitled Aboriginal Identity and Learning: An Assessment of Educational Practices in a Rural Saskatchewan Collegiate, is funded by the Aboriginal Education Research Network through Saskatchewan Learning.

Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation CIHR INMHA Doctoral Research Award

Dr. Hortense Nsoh Tabien in the department of anatomy and cell biology is receiving the Hader Scholarship in MS Research from the Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation, matched with a CIHR INMHA Doctoral Research Award. Tabien, supervised by Bernhard Juurlink, is studying the effects of quercetin, a substance found in some fruits, vegetables and tea, in preventing the death of glial cells. These cells provide support and protection for nerve cells throughout the central nervous system. The award was announced with the last round of CIHR New Investigator, post-doctoral fellow, scholarship and doctoral awards.

CIHR Knowledge Translation PDF to Look at Health Care Teams

Elizabeth Quinlan in sociology was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship through CIHR’s Knowledge Translation strategic funding initiative. Quinlan, supervised by Harley Dickinson, is exploring how members of multi-disciplinary health care teams negotiate new knowledge that crosses professional boundaries. The project addresses the fact that most knowledge transfer and utilization research is specific to single professions, yet most health care work takes place in multi-disciplinary teams.

CytoStore licences U of S monoclonal antibody technology

ILO has signed a license agreement with CytoStore Inc. for the non-exclusive use of monoclonal antibodies developed by Wei Xiao, head of the department of microbiology and immunology. The antibodies are highly specific, and are useful in studying a unique ubiquitination, or protein de-activation, process. The antibodies could potentially be developed as a diagnostic tool.
CytoStore, based at the University of Calgary in Alberta, targets products from niche areas of scientific research, and focuses on the end user to enhance research productivity. The company seeks to produce and market products developed at universities for use within advanced medical and biomedical research laboratories worldwide.

CIHR Knowledge Translation Awards Offer Winners up to $100,000

CIHR’s Knowledge Translation Awards honour and support outstanding contributions to the health of Canadians or to the health system through exemplary knowledge translation. Nominees can come from all sectors of health research, including biomedical; clinical; health services and policy; and population and public health. There are two categories: (1) those with an impact at the national or international level (winners receive a certificate of recognition and a grant of $100,000); (2) those with an impact at a local or regional level (certificate of recognition and a grant of $20,000). Grants are to be used to advance knowledge translation activities in a way designated by the winner, consistent with CIHR rules. For help preparing your nomination, contact U of S awards facilitator Mary Walters at 966-2499. Deadline is May 18.

New Acting Business Development Officer at CLSI

Stewart McIntyre has joined the staff of Canadian Light Source Inc. as acting business development officer on a half-time basis until the end of 2005. McIntyre has for many years led the team that made Surface Science Western, at the University of Western Ontario, one of the most successful surface analytical laboratories in North America. He can be reached at 657-3580.

Sharla Daviduik joins OVPR

Sharla Daviduik has accepted a one-year half-time position as administrative assistant, providing research and administrative support to the Office of the Vice-President Research. She will manage key internal awards programs including the Proposal Development Awards and the Collaborative and Research Group Facilitation Program. Sharla has a Master of Natural Resources Management from Simon Fraser University and a B.Sc. in Land Use and Environmental Studies from the U of S. Her previous post was with the U of S Students Union where she was Research and Policy Coordinator. Sharla can be reached at 966-2414.

Research Groups Directory Now Online

A newly updated list of U of S research centres and groups is now available on the research website at The list includes all research centres, units, divisions, institutes, and facilities, together with links to relevant Web pages and key contacts.

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