U of S Research Strengths in Bone Health and Research

  • Our strength in the field of bone health and related imaging is within the College of Kinesiology.
  • The College is focused on the area of bone health and is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in the study of bone growth and development in children.
  • The renowned Pediatric Bone Mineral Accrual Study is the longest running study of its kind in the world, now spanning 17 years. It has produced numerous high-impact papers and successful research trainees.
  • The Canadian Light Source (CLS), specifically the BioMedical Imaging and Therapy (BMIT) beamline is unique to the world because of its mandate for biomedical research, a dedicated set of world-class capabilities that will be focused exclusively on biomedical research, enabling greater throughput of biological specimens, and direct links to the College of Medicine, the College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Saskatoon Health Region. Itís capabilities in translating results from high-resolution imaging of animal models into an understanding of changes observed on a larger scale in human subjects are world-class.
  • The CLS Biological X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (BioXAS) beamline currently under construction and led by GEMS member Graham George, is a large-scale, rapid scanning technology to identify and localize elements in metals and tissues.
  • The Academic Health Sciences Centre is bringing together all U of S health sciences together Ė dentistry, medicine, nursing, and pharmacy and nutrition, and the research areas will facilitate collaboration of all health sciences researchers. The Centre will directly benefit the GEMS group, as one of the Centres wings will house the new Saskatchewan Centre for Advanced Nano to Macro Skeletal Research (SCANS). This facility will serve as an imaging centerpiece at the U of S, linking the 3 bone health groups, BMIT, BioXAS.
  • The core members of the Bone Imaging Group are located in Kinesiology, which is located in the Universityís Physical Activity Complex.
  • Over the past 5 years, the U of S has supported the research activities of the bone imaging groups and has provided $1.6 million in direct support to the researchers.