University of Saskatchewan receives Innovation and Science Funds

The Government of Saskatchewan is providing almost $2.1 million to the University of Saskatchewan for nine research projects through the Innovation and Science Fund.

This funding includes almost $1.3 million for the BioXAS: Life Science Beamline for X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy at the Canadian Light Source Synchrotron.  The BioXAS beamline will investigate the molecular form and microscopic location of metals in biological systems with unprecedented sensitivity.  This will enable researchers to study the role of metals in brain diseases like Alzheimer's, better understand how to treat deadly effects of toxic elements such as mercury and develop new drugs to treat cancer.

"The Government of Saskatchewan recognizes the value and importance of research and innovation and its impact on our province, Canada and the world," Advanced Education Minister Rob Norris said.  "This investment will further enhance Saskatchewan's growing reputation for innovative research and world-class life science facilities."

"This major provincial investment will greatly enhance the array of much-needed research tools to advance knowledge and benefit industry by providing solutions to challenges in agriculture, energy production, environment, and animal and human health," U of S Vice-President of Research Karen Chad said.  "We are particularly grateful for the support for this exciting new synchrotron beamline which will advance the Canadian Light Source as a global hub for cutting-edge life sciences research using synchrotron light."

The Innovation and Science Fund supports research at Saskatchewan's universities, colleges and research institutes on projects receiving approval and matching funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation.  Since 2007-08, the Ministry of Advanced Education has invested $60.2 million through the Innovation and Science Fund toward research and related infrastructure.


For more information, contact:

Marieka Andrew
Advanced Education
Phone: 306-798-3170
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