Wahkotownina é osihtáhk / Creating Relationships

Indigenous knowledge sharing between the University of Waikato, New Zealand, and the University of Saskatchewan.

A delegation of Māori scholars visited the U of S from August 29 to September 3. Two public events occurred during their visit.

International Indigenous Research Forum engaged researchers from the University of Waikato and University of Saskatchewan in the exploration of international and  Indigenous research collaborations.

Māori Scholars Performance at rRemai mModern Art Museum presenting Maori scholars and artists Kahutoi Mere Te Kanawa and Dr. Tawhanga Mary-Legs Nopera for two free public performances. Artist and University of Saskatchewan alumna Ruth Cuthand (BFA'83, MFA'92) also presented on her work. She is currently an artist-in-residence on the U of S campus as part of the University Art Galleries Indigenous Artist-in-Residence Program, which partners with Wanuskewin Heritage Park.

Innovative research finds influenza detection system in body

GuanQun Liu at the U of S state-of-art containment facilities VIDO-InterVac.(Photo Credit: Dave Stobbe for the University of Saskatchewan).


University of Saskatchewan researchers have found a unique “sensor” mechanism inside cells that enables the immune system to recognize influenza, a finding that may lead to improved vaccines in the future.

“We have solved a long-standing puzzle as to how the body detects influenza A,” said PhD student GuanQun Liu, who is doing his research at the university’s Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization — International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac).

In results published today in Nature Communications, Liu and his supervisor Yan Zhou identified for the first time that a protein sensor, a “patrolling” system for detecting influenza A, is the first line of defence against the virus in the nucleus of cells.