News Release: December 6, 2013

SASKATOON – The Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) announced its Top Researcher Awards for 2013. The awards were announced at SHRF’s annual Santé! Awards Evening, a celebration of health research successes, which took place last night in Saskatoon. The awards help recognize the excellence of health researchers in Saskatchewan who are in the early stages of their careers – those undertaking their postdoctoral training that will lead to a career in health research, and those establishing their research careers as new faculty in our universities. The awards are given to the top two researchers in each of the New Investigator Establishment Grant and Postdoctoral Research Fellowship grant award competitions based upon submitted applications that have been peer reviewed and scored. 

Congratulations to all of this year’s top researchers!

The top two award winners in the Establishment Grant program were:
Dr. Michael Kelly, neurosurgeon from the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan in biomedical research. Dr. Kelly is imaging an array of elements and chemical groups using synchrotron, X-ray and ultraviolet light to understand stroke better, and to test how new therapies, including stem cell therapy, affect the complex chemistry of the brain.

Dr. Sonia Udod at the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan in socio-health research. Dr. Udod’s research aims to understand the stress nurse managers are under in order to design support systems that lead to more positive staff experiences in the workplace and to more positive patient experiences.

The top two award winners in the Postdoctoral Fellowship program were:
Dr. John Schellenberg from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan in biomedical research, working with supervisor Dr. Janet Hill. Dr. Schellenberg will investigate the microbiological basis for an extremely common bacterial infection many women face that has a high, but poorly defined significance for reproductive health. 

Dr. Yixi Lu of the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan in socio-health research, with supervisor Dr. Louise Racine. Dr. Lu is exploring how Chinese traditional medicine and western medicine affect illness management and communication with health care providers for Chinese immigrants in Saskatchewan.

For more information, contact:
June Bold, Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (306) 975-1680 
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Saskatoon, SK Canada S7N 3R2
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