World-leading water scientists warn of ecological risks in global shift to monoculture crops and tree plantations

Conversion of large swaths of land to uniform tree plantations and single-crop species may lead to unintended consequences for the water cycle, putting ecosystems at greater risk for fires, floods, droughts and even hurricanes, warns a think-tank group of almost 30 water scientists from 11 countries.

SaskTel and USask collaborate to foster and support innovation in agriculture

SASKATOON – Today SaskTel and the University of Saskatchewan (USask) announced that they are partnering to launch a “living laboratory” at the university’s Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE) to test, develop and demonstrate world-class agricultural technologies.

USask researcher studying COVID-19 impact on Indigenous businesses

SASKATOON – Ken Coates, Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation at the University of Saskatchewan (USask), has been awarded $25,000 in federal funding to study the impact of COVID-19 on Aboriginal Economic Development Corporations (AEDCs) which have helped to greatly expand the number and scale of Indigenous businesses nationally.

USask launches Canadian Hub for Applied and Social Research

SASKATOON – A newly launched research support and consulting hub at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) offers a unique menu of research services within Canada, including gathering data on public opinion and human behaviour.

CBRC commits $2.7M to USask CDC barley breeding activities

SASKATOON – The Canadian Barley Research Coalition (CBRC) announced today it will invest $2.7 million over five years in the University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) Crop Development Centre (CDC) through a core breeding agreement to develop barley varieties with improved agronomics, disease resistance and end-use quality.

Royal Society of Canada honours renowned USask researchers Creed, Dalai

SASKATOON – Two internationally renowned University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers have been recognized by the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) with prestigious awards that rank among the country’s highest honours for academics.

USask researchers take aim at airborne COVID-19 virus

SASKATOON – Daily moments made potentially risky by COVID-19, such as cramming into a crowded bus or elevator, sitting in a packed classroom, and visiting a vulnerable relative in long-term care, may be rendered safer again thanks to new federally funded University of Saskatchewan (USask) research into ventilation systems.

Dr. Baljit Singh chosen to lead USask Vice-President Research Office

SASKATOON – Following an extensive national and international search, Dr. Baljit Singh, a highly accomplished veterinary researcher, educator and administrator, will join University of Saskatchewan (USask) President Peter Stoicheff’s leadership team as vice-president research, effective February 1, 2021.

$134M interprovincial agreement renewed for Western College of Veterinary Medicine

Three provincial governments announced the renewal of their financial commitment to the University of Saskatchewan’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) today.

Three USask female faculty members honored by the Royal Society of Canada

SASKATOON – Two University of Saskatchewan (USask) faculty members—internationally renowned artist and sculptor Alison Norlen and historian Valerie Korinek—have been named Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), the national academy of distinguished scholars, scientists, artists and humanists.

USask expected to reach record enrolment

SASKATOON – As of the first day classes on Thursday, Sept. 3, enrolment at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) for Fall 2020 is up by two per cent and on track to be the university’s highest enrolment ever.

USask welcomes newest Schulich Leaders

SASKATOON – Arliss Sidloski and Olivia Stewart have been named the University of Saskatchewan (USask) recipients of the Schulich Leader Scholarship.

USask Alumni Week a virtual experience this year

SASKATOON — Traditionally, Alumni Weekend is a time to get together and reconnect with old friends and reminisce about old times, visit old haunts and have a few laughs. This year’s University of Saskatchewan (USask) Alumni Week will still allow for that, but in a decidedly different fashion.

USask and GIFS host global software competition to advance digital agriculture

SASKATOON—Accurate determination of the number of wheat heads (the grain-bearing tip) in a field is vital for estimating yields in wheat crops, but the usual method—manual counting from digital images—is a long and tedious job.

USask Global Institute for Food Security partners on supercluster project to help lower crop pesticide use

University of Saskatchewan (USask) digital agriculture researchers are part of a new Protein Industries Canada (PIC) consortium that will develop technology to help lower pesticide use across Canada, making crop protection more efficient and providing economic benefits for farmers.

USask awarded $1.2M to advance health, agriculture and environmental research

SASKATOON – Creating artificial substitutes for human tissue and organs, discovering the best diet to help bacteria break down oil spills, and using high-powered computing to develop next-generation materials are some of the University of Saskatchewan (USask) projects made possible by new research infrastructure funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).

USask researchers to examine AI in education, Canada’s labour movement, and ESL student writing

SASKATOON – Three University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers have been awarded federal funding to examine how artificial intelligence (AI) will transform higher education, how one major event transformed the modern Canadian labour movement, and how new tools can help English-as-a-second-language students excel in academic writing.

Traces of ancient life tell story of early diversity in marine ecosystems

If you could dive down to the ocean floor nearly 540 million years ago just past the point where waves begin to break, you would find an explosion of life—scores of worm-like animals and other sea creatures tunneling complex holes and structures in the mud and sand—where before the environment had been mostly barren.

Global Institute for Food Security at USask appoints Nutrien sustainability lead to its board

SASKATOON – The University of Saskatchewan (USask) and the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) board of directors are pleased to announce that Nutrien executive Candace Laing has joined the GIFS board.

New USask-led research reveals previously hidden features of plant genomes

SASKATOON - An international team led by the Plant Phenotyping and Imaging Research Centre (P2IRC) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) and researchers at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has decoded the full genome for the black mustard plant—research that will advance breeding of oilseed mustard crops and provide a foundation for improved breeding of wheat, canola and lentils.

Agtech to the rescue in a pandemic: adapting plant labs for human testing

Just as redeploying a fleet of small British fishing boats helped during the Battle of Dunkirk, marshalling the research equipment and expertise of the many agtech labs around the world could help combat pandemics, say the authors of a just-published article in Nature Biotechnology.

USask researchers partner on $1.3-million study on affordable housing

SASKATOON – A University of Saskatchewan (USask) research team has partnered with researchers across Canada to study how different types of affordable rental housing impact the lives of marginalized people and families.

USask researchers partner on $1.3-million study on affordable housing

SASKATOON – A University of Saskatchewan (USask) research team has partnered with researchers across Canada to study how different types of affordable rental housing impact the lives of marginalized people and families.

USask-led Indigenous health research network finds home at Station 20 West

SASKATOON — In a significant step for Indigenous health research in Saskatchewan and nationally, a new University of Saskatchewan (USask)-led network dedicated to improving health and wellness in Indigenous communities will be moving into Station 20 West in a core neighborhood of Saskatoon’s west side.

Canadian universities partner to fight COVID-19 at USask’s VIDO-InterVac

Infectious disease experts from Dalhousie University and University of Manitoba (UM) are joining the leading-edge research team at the University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) on one-year secondments to collaboratively advance research and development against COVID-19.

CFI awards $77.5M to help major USask science facilities address COVID-19 and other global challenges

SASKATOON – Two of Canada’s top science facilities at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) have been awarded a total of more than $77.5 million—a third of the total $230 million announced today by Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry Navdeep Bains for 14 research facilities across Canada.

USask receives $3.14M from Sask govt. to replace turf at Griffiths Stadium in Nutrien Park

SASKATOON—The University of Saskatchewan (USask) has received $3.14 million in funding from the Government of Saskatchewan for its artificial turf replacement project at Griffiths Stadium in Nutrien Park.

USask researchers awarded $715,000 to tackle mental health and addictions, MS, and other health issues

SASKATOON – Six University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers have been awarded a total of more than $715,000 by the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) to lead new health research programs, half of which are related to mental health and addictions.

Major funding announcement for USask turf project at Griffiths Stadium in Nutrien Park

SASKATOON—Members of the media are invited to attend an announcement of major funding provided by the Government of Saskatchewan, involving the University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) turf replacement project at Griffiths Stadium in Nutrien Park.

USask ranked No. 1 in Canada for water resources research and among top 100 globally in four subject areas

The University of Saskatchewan (USask) is ranked first in Canada and 20th in the world for water resources research, according to the recently published 2020 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

USask projects awarded $1.73M for social sciences and humanities research

SASKATOON – University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers have been awarded a total of more than $1.73 million in federal funding to examine critical societal questions in areas ranging from anthropology to philosophy. Forty per cent of the funding will support projects focused on Indigenous peoples.

Salmonella biofilm protein causes autoimmune responses—possible link with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s

SASKATOON – Scientists from the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) and Temple University in Philadelphia, Penn., have demonstrated that a salmonella biofilm protein can cause autoimmune responses and arthritis in animals.

Building next generation ‘smart pill’ gut-imaging device with AI sensors for improved cancer detection

A team led by University of Saskatchewan (USask) researcher Dr. Khan Wahid (PhD) has been awarded $250,000 from the federal New Frontiers in Research Fund to create a new pill-sized capsule that uses artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled sensing to diagnose gastrointestinal cancers and bleeding earlier and more precisely than is currently possible.

New USask app promotes potential economic value of planting carbon-storing shelterbelts

A unique new app developed by University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers offers agricultural landowners tailored information about the carbon offset value of planting shelterbelts—a tool that could help reduce the carbon footprint of farming and potentially put a little extra money in farmers’ pockets.

USask medical researchers awarded $900K to help fight COVID-19

SASKATOON – The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has awarded three University of Saskatchewan (USask) research teams a total of $900,000 to help strengthen Canada’s rapid response to the COVID-19 pandemic which had killed more than 450,000 people worldwide.

USask researchers to develop saliva-based COVID-19 home testing kit

SASKATOON – University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers are part of two COVID-19-related projects awarded major federal funding today—one to develop a unique saliva-based test for COVID-19 detection and the other to track COVID-19 incidence rates among Canadian dentists.

New agreement supports enhanced environmental education in public schools

SASKATOON – Saskatoon Public Schools (SPS) and the Sustainability and Education Policy Network (SEPN) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to further sustainability and climate change education initiatives.

Researchers awarded prestigious national fellowships for climate change-related projects

SASKATOON – Two exceptional young University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers have been awarded highly competitive Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships totalling $280,000 over two years for projects that focus on aspects of climate change.

USask researchers awarded more than $10M for innovative science and engineering projects

SASKATOON – As research starts to resume with the flattening of the COVID-19 curve, University of Saskatchewan (USask) faculty and students will be tackling some big science and engineering questions, thanks to $10.3 million awarded by Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) for nearly 60 wide-ranging projects.

USask Global Institute for Food Security sets new strategy to collaboratively advance food security

SASKATOON – Increased collaboration with partners to advance sustainable global access to safe and nutritious food is the focus of a new strategy by the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask).

USask appoints new Crop Development Centre director

SASKATOON – Dr. Curtis Pozniak (PhD) has been appointed the new director of the Crop Development Centre (CDC) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask).

Protecting chickens from heart disease 

SASKATOON – The health and welfare of broiler chickens may improve thanks to University of Saskatchewan (USask) researcher Andrew Olkowski and colleagues.

Mitacs, USask and U of R to support Indigenous and northern communities with new digital technologies in fight against COVID-19

SASKATOON — Two projects led by faculty of the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS)—based at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) and University of Regina (U of R) campuses—have been awarded $400,000 from Mitacs, a national not-for-profit innovation organization.

Canada West makes decision to cancel first term sport seasons

SASKATOON – Following the recommendation of the Canada West (CW) board, the 17 members of the CW conference voted on Friday, June 5 for the cancellation of first term competition team sports due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

USask-led partnership awarded $2.5M to advance global climate education

SASKATOON – Working with international partners, the University of Saskatchewan (USask) has been awarded a $2.5-million Partnership Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) to increase climate change education, training and public awareness on a global scale.

Sask. post-secondary institutions receive $840K for Indigenous students impacted by COVID-19

SASKATOON – The University of Saskatchewan (USask), the Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies and Applied Research (GDI), and the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT) have partnered with the Mastercard Foundation to support Indigenous students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Western Canadian scientists discover what an armoured dinosaur ate for its last meal

More than 110 million years ago, a lumbering 1,300-kilogram, armour-plated dinosaur ate its last meal, died, and was washed out to sea in what is now northern Alberta. This ancient beast then sank onto its thorny back, churning up mud in the seabed that entombed it—until its fossilized body was discovered in a mine near Fort McMurray in 2011.

Unique USask-led research and training project awarded $1.65M to advance software development

SASKATOON — An inter-university group led by University of Saskatchewan (USask) researcher Chanchal Roy has been awarded $1.65 million by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to establish a first-in-Canada graduate-level program to train a new generation of software engineers.

Teens to help USask researchers track climate change and wildlife impacts in northern Canada

SASKATOON – As part of a University of Saskatchewan (USask) research project, small teams of high school students from Saskatchewan and Manitoba will spend their summers in bug jackets, venturing into the wilderness to measure permafrost and track caribou around Churchill, Man.

USask-led international film festival launches with PBS documentary featuring water expert Jay Famiglietti

SASKATOON – A six-week film festival and competition showcasing internationally acclaimed documentaries, features and independent shorts—including films by students from Saskatoon schools—was launched this week by the Global Institute for Water Security (GIWS) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask).

USask asks community to help celebrate spring 2020 graduates online

SASKATOON – Graduation ceremonies and powwow at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) are a time to acknowledge academic achievements and a time to celebrate with family, friends and members of the community.

Promising pre-clinical results for USask VIDO-InterVac COVID-19 vaccine

SASKATOON – A COVID-19 vaccine candidate developed by the University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) has cleared another major milestone in moving towards human clinical trials: the novel vaccine has proven highly effective in ferrets, one of the commonly used animal models for COVID-19.

New Canada Water Agency to provide solutions for emerging water crisis—expert panel

SASKATOON – The new Canada Water Agency—a mandated commitment of the federal government—will provide much-needed solutions to the emerging water crisis, according to Tom Axworthy, chair of a national water policy panel organized by Global Water Futures (GWF) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask).

USask appoints new dean in College of Agriculture and Bioresources

SASKATOON – Dr. Angela Bedard-Haughn (PhD) has been appointed the new dean of the College of Agriculture and Bioresources at the University of Saskatchewan (USask).

Developing microbeam radiation therapy for inoperable cancer

SASKATOON – An innovative radiation treatment that could one day be a valuable addition to conventional radiation therapy for inoperable brain and spinal tumors is a step closer, thanks to new research led by University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers at the Canadian Light Source (CLS).

USask’s VIDO-InterVac and the National Research Council of Canada collaborate to advance development of vaccine against COVID-19

Key research and development organizations to leverage Canadian expertise and technologies in battle against COVID-19.

New USask podcast series focuses on mental health, wellness amid COVID-19

SASKATOON – The University of Saskatchewan (USask) has launched a podcast series, Be Well at USask, delving into issues of health and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic.

USask introduces community-driven COVID-19 digital archive

SASKATOON – The University of Saskatchewan (USask) has launched a COVID-19 Community Archive to document life in Saskatchewan during the global health crisis.

USask Indigenous health leader appointed to national COVID-19 Immunity Task Force

SASKATOON – University of Saskatchewan (USask) Indigenous health research leader Dr. Carrie Bourassa has been appointed as the Indigenous Engagement Lead on the federal COVID-19 Immunity Task Force. The leadership group will oversee national efforts to measure the scope and scale of SARS-CoV-2 immunity across Canada.

Bat 'super immunity' may explain how bats carry coronaviruses—USask study

Bat-virus adaptation may explain species spillover, researchers say.

Feeling COVID-19 stress? Video games could be the cure, says USask computer scientist

SASKATOON – Landing silently on a roof in the middle of hostile territory, your team—a rag-tag band of friends from across the globe—weaves through a complex maze to slip undetected into the opposing team’s base. Quickened footsteps nearby. A radio crackles. Have you been detected?

USask researchers and Sask Health launch online program to track ticks

SASKATOON – A new online program, eTick, has expanded into Saskatchewan, allowing University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers and the province’s Ministry of Health to efficiently monitor ticks and inform residents of potential health risks.  

USask VIDO-InterVac awarded $23M for COVID-19 vaccine research

SASKATOON – The University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) has been awarded $23 million to fast-track efforts to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today.

USask ranks as one of the top global leaders in sustainability ranking

SASKATOON – The University of Saskatchewan (USask) placed 96th overall in the world—and as high as fourth and twelfth in certain categories—in the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings, which measure the success of universities around the world in advancing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

USask Global Institute for Food Security supporting Saskatchewan Health Authority COVID-19 testing

SASKATOON – The Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) is providing its research equipment to support the Saskatchewan Health Authority’s (SHA) diagnostic testing for COVID-19.

USask researchers offer online support program for people with MS, Parkinson’s and spinal cord injury

SASKATOON – During the COVID-19 pandemic, University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers in physiotherapy, rehabilitation science, and neurology are combining their expertise to provide a free online, virtual program to people with neurological conditions.

USask engineering team designing 3D-printed N95 masks to help combat COVID-19

SASKATOON – Using 3D printers, a University of Saskatchewan (USask) engineering team is designing a comfortable, reusable and sanitizable N95 class respirator mask aimed at protecting emergency room doctors and nurses from COVID-19 in the midst of a global shortage of medical-grade masks.

USask therapy dogs go virtual amidst COVID-19 pandemic

SASKATOON – The University of Saskatchewan (USask) PAWS Your Stress Therapy Dog program is live online. Students and other members of the community can now connect and receive comfort and support from St. John Ambulance therapy dogs while learning pandemic-specific mental health self-care tips.

Nearly $300K raised by USask community to help students in crisis

SASKATOON – Most students have enough to focus on in the last months of any school year—between finishing classes and assignments, looking for summer work opportunities, and planning for their final exam study schedule. But spring of 2020 has brought additional challenges for University of Saskatchewan (USask) students who have faced unexpected and increased pressures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

USask researchers team up with companies to make hand sanitizer

SASKATOON – University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers and three local companies are helping to address a provincial shortage of hand sanitizer using a bioprocessing facility on the USask campus to temporarily produce sanitizer and key ingredients, while the business group gears up for larger-scale production.

USask law team studies impact of COVID-19 international travel and trade restrictions

SASKATOON – How does a country balance the need to contain a disease outbreak such as COVID-19, with pressures to allow international traffic and trade? When should a country shut its borders—or re-open them—in the interests of protecting public health?

SHA and USask’s VIDO-InterVac partner to help ensure supply of N95 respirator masks

SASKATOON – The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) and the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) are partnering on a way to safely decontaminate and reuse N95 respiratory masks that are normally thrown away after each use.

Joel Bernbaum wins first Trudeau Foundation scholarship awarded at USask

SASKATOON – University of Saskatchewan (USask) PhD student Joel Bernbaum, well-known in Saskatoon as an accomplished actor, director, playwright, and journalist, has been awarded the prestigious Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation doctoral scholarship—the first ever awarded to a USask student.

USask drinking water study shows beef cattle can tolerate high levels of sulphates

SASKATOON — Scientists at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) have published a study that shows beef cattle can tolerate higher concentrations of sulphates in drinking water than previously believed.

New $1.05M research chair at USask nursing college aims to improve Indigenous health

SASKATOON – University of Saskatchewan (USask) researcher Holly Graham has been awarded an Indigenous Research Chair in Nursing by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to build research capacity in Indigenous nursing and improve the health of Indigenous peoples.

USask Greystone Singers won’t let COVID-19 stop them

SASKATOON – When an in-person, year-end concert was not possible due to social distancing in response to COVID-19, University of Saskatchewan (USask) music professor and Greystone Singers director Jennifer Lang came up with a novel way for the choir to perform virtually together.

USask awarded $5 million to lead new CIHR Indigenous health research networks to address health disparities

SASKATOON—University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers have been awarded $5 million from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) as part of a major new national initiative that aims to create a network of Indigenous research centres driven by and grounded in Indigenous communities.

Morning Star Lodge and USask health research leader launch “Protecting Our Home Fires” strategy for COVID-19 prevention

SASKATOON – University of Saskatchewan (USask) health research leader Dr. Carrie Bourassa and Morning Star Lodge, an Indigenous community-based health research lab in Regina, are launching a strategy to inform Indigenous communities about the risks of COVID-19 infection and how to prevent its spread.

USask VIDO-InterVac and International Vaccine Institute collaborate on COVID-19 work

The International Vaccine Institute (IVI) of South Korea, a world-renowned international organization founded by the United Nations Development Programme, is collaborating with VIDO-InterVac at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) to better understand the virus causing the COVID-19 pandemic and to develop vaccines and potential treatments.

Saskatchewan government invests $3.6M in USask COVID-19 vaccine research

SASKATOON — The Government of Saskatchewan has announced $3.6 million in new funding for the University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization – International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac), one of the world’s most advanced infectious disease labs and a leader in global efforts to find a COVID-19 vaccine.

Mapping the cannabis genome to improve crops and health

SASKATOON – Unlocking the full potential of cannabis for agriculture and human health will require a co-ordinated scientific effort to assemble and map the cannabis genome, according to a just-published international study led by University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers.

PM announces $12M for new vaccine manufacturing at USask’s VIDO-InterVac, part of $23.3M for the lab to fight COVID-19 and other infectious disease threats

SASKATOON – As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to rapidly evolve, the federal government is announcing $23.3 million in total support for the University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization – International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac), one of the largest and most advanced infectious disease research facilities in the world.

POSTPONED: One Day for Students celebrates giving on USask campus

SASKATOON – In light of growing concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Saskatchewan (USask) will NOT be holding its seventh annual One Day for Students campaign on Tuesday, March 17.

USask researchers training fungi to sense radiation and potentially help clean up nuclear waste

SASKATOON – University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers have demonstrated that it is possible to “train” microscopic black fungi in the lab to find radiation sources—a discovery with potential applications such as cleaning up radioactive waste from nuclear accidents and detecting radioactive fallout from illicit nuclear testing.

VIDO-InterVac-led research team at USask awarded almost $1M to fight new coronavirus

SASKATOON – A University of Saskatchewan (USask) research team and collaborating scientists from across the country have been awarded almost $1 million over two years to develop animal models and test vaccine candidates for effectiveness and safety against the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).

USask awarded $3.6M to tackle opioid withdrawal in babies, improve health care for youth and elderly

SASKATOON – Eight University of Saskatchewan (USask) health research projects have been awarded nearly $3.6 million from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to improve health and quality of life for children, mothers, seniors, Indigenous communities, and people in rural areas.

Pharmacists may hold the key to solving the opioid crisis: $1.7M awarded by Health Canada for USask pilot project

SASKATOON – University of Saskatchewan (USask) pharmacy researchers have been awarded more than $1.7 million over three years to implement and assess a new pharmacist-led interprofessional model for chronic pain management aimed at helping to reduce opioid use and improve patient health.

New USask research chair to provide integrated approach to agronomy research

SASKATOON – To help expand agronomy research in Western Canada, crop scientist Dr. Maryse Bourgault (PhD) has been recruited from the United States as the first Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF) Integrated Agronomy Chair at the University of Saskatchewan (USask).

Top-notch accreditation results for USask College of Medicine

SASKATOON –The University of Saskatchewan (USask) College of Medicine has achieved further strong results from the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS), meaning a site visit will not be required until 2025 or 2026

USask computer-based simulator tests insects for effects of new pesticide

SASKATOON—University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers have used a novel combination of techniques to compare the effects of two families of pesticides used in agriculture, and found that at low dosages the newer pesticide is less toxic than a currently used neonicotinoid one.

USask researchers develop fast, accurate test to identify toxins in cereal crops

SASKATOON – Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) Crop Development Centre (CDC) have developed a fast and accurate method for identifying and quantifying toxins in fusarium-infected cereal grain, an innovation that could reduce toxins that are harmful to both animals and humans.

USask research projects with the City of Saskatoon awarded nearly $150K to target urban issues

SASKATOON – Measuring pharmaceuticals in Saskatoon’s wastewater, diverting food from the landfill to save money and the planet, and improving property assessment appeals are some of the first research projects of the new Research Junction collaboration between the City of Saskatoon (City) and University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers.

Canadian scientists first to test novel diagnostic tool for TB in bison

SASKATOON – To help protect Canada’s cattle and bison and maintain the country’s bovine tuberculosis (TB)-free status, scientists from University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) and Parks Canada are conducting trials in bison of several diagnostic tools, including the innovative Actiphage® blood test developed by the diagnostics company PBD Biotech.

USask study reveals origin of endangered Colombian poison frog hybrids

SASKATOON – The origin of an understudied hybrid population of poisonous frogs—highly endangered colourful animals that live deep in the Colombian jungle—is the result of natural breeding and not caused by wildlife traffickers moving them, a University of Saskatchewan (USask) study shows.

USask research identifies potential cause of Minamata mercury poisoning

SASKATOON — One of the world’s most horrific environmental disasters—the 1950s and ’60s mercury poisoning in Minamata, Japan—may have been caused by a previously unstudied form of mercury discharged directly from a chemical factory, research by the University of Saskatchewan (USask) has found.

USask Global Institute for Food Security partners with Bangladesh to promote sustainable food security

SASKATOON – The Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) and the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (BARC) of the Bangladesh Ministry of Agriculture have agreed to a multidisciplinary research, training and development partnership to help promote sustainable food security in the country.