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Health research and innovation is the cornerstone of a healthier society and we all have a part to play. SHRF invests in high quality health research through research grants and award opportunities, and promotes the impact this research has on local and global health.

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Saskatchewan is home to some of the most advanced research technologies in the world, and we continue to lead in system-wide thinking about how to improve the health of Canadians. Health research and innovation thrives when we develop strong partnerships. Together we can build a vibrant culture of health research and innovation.

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YI-Oluwole
Young Innovators: Oluwole
Photo: Oluwafemi Oluwole compared rural and urban children’s asthma diagnoses.(Photo credit: Dave Stobbe for the University of Saskatchewan.)   By Federica Giannelli   Rural children in...
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PartnerBlog
Building Meaningful Partnerships
Partnerships are about working together to accomplish common goals. By developing collaborative relationships, we can strengthen Saskatchewan’s health research ecosystem with the intent to do...
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ApplicationTipsBlog
10 Tips for Writing Your SHRF Application
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Life of a Program
The Life of a Funding Program
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15 Years of Program Evolution
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YI-Salapa
Young Innovators: Salapa
Photo: Hannah Salapa (right) and Michael Levin’s research may improve multiple sclerosis treatments. (Credit: David Stobbe for University of Saskatchewan) By Federica Giannelli University of...
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GaryGroot
Groot Profile
Dr. Gary Groot, a recent SHRF Establishment Grant recipient, is hoping his efforts to develop culturally responsive supports for Indigenous Cancer Patients will improve care for the province’s...
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Barbour-Tuck
Young Innovators: Barbour-Tuck
Photo: Erin Barbour-Tuck (right) and Adam Baxter-Jones have advanced a 26-year-long study on weight gain in young adults. (Credit: David Stobbe for University of Saskatchewan) By Federica...
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Young Innovators: Andrushko
Photo: Justin Andrushko (right) and Jonathan Farthing study new ways to maintain strength of injured limbs. (Credit: Amanda Davenport for the University of Saskatchewan) By Federica...
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YI-Sokaribo-White
Young Innovators: Sokaribo
Photo: Professor Aaron White (left) and Akosiererem Sokaribo have been working on a salmonella vaccine. (Credit: Dave Stobbe for the University of Saskatchewan) By Federica Giannelli With 94...
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Achievement Award
Past Achievement Awards
Since 2005, SHRF has honoured the following individuals in the health research community for their inspiring drive, leadership, ingenuity and achievement. From basic science discoveries to...
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Chairs
Incidence and Prevalence of MS in Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan is often cited as having one of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis (MS) in Canada, but until now, the actual number of people with the disease in our province was unknown. With...
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SPHERUresearchers
Saskatchewan’s Healthcare History
Photo Credit: Members of the U of R’s research team compiling Saskatchewan’s healthcare history (l-r) Dr. Twyla Salm (Education), Dr. Tom McIntosh (Political Science) and Dr. Jim Daschuk...
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Phenix
Researchers Identifying New Markers for Parkinson’s Disease
By Sarath Peiris for the University of Saskatchewan An estimated 55,000 Canadians over age 18 have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, characterized by symptoms such as tremors, muscle...
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Balbuena
Smartphones as a Tool for Suicide Prevention
Doctors have blood pressure cuffs and ECGs to get a reading on your heart; optometrists have tonometers (the machine that puffs in your eye) to measure the pressure inside your eye; dentists have...
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Gabriela Novotna
Supporting Those Who Treat Mental Health and Addictions
Mental health and addictions is a serious public health issue in Canada. Statistics show that one in five Canadians have experienced a mental health or addiction problem.1 In Saskatchewan, this...
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Adams-Mela
Meet the Research Team - Adams and Mela
Research often takes a collaborative effort to accomplish the goals that aim to improve our health knowledge or health services in Saskatchewan. SHRF supports these efforts through our...
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Mohammad-Izadifar
Young Innovators: U of S Imaging Technique Advancing Stroke Treatment
Photo credit: Lana Haight for Canadian Light Source  Stroke prediction may take a turn with U of S researcher Mohammad Izadifar’s synchrotron technology. By Federica Giannelli A new...
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Patrick Odnokon and Bev Holmes
Provincial Funders are Integral to the Rejuvenation of Canada’s Scientific Enterprise
November 3, 2017 SHRF is a member of NAPHRO, the National Alliance of Provincial Health Research Organizations. The voluntary alliance was formed in 2002 to increase strategic alignment, share...
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Meet the Researcher - Leah Ferguson
Meet the Researcher - Leah Ferguson
Leah Ferguson Assistant Professor, College of Kinesiology, University of Saskatchewan What is your background and general area of research? My undergraduate degree at the U of S was in...
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Older Couple
National Seniors Day
October 1 has been declared as National Seniors Day in Canada. According to the Government of Canada, this day has been marked as an occasion for all Canadians to appreciate and celebrate seniors...
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Stroke Chair Renewal
Stroke Research That Matters
Pictured (left to right): Honourable Paul Merriman, Patrick Odnokon (SHRF), Allison Kesler and Yves Savoie (Heart & Stroke), Dr. Preston Smith (College of Medicine) and Dr. Michael Kelly.  June...
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Dr. Sonia Udod
When Coping Strategies Are Not Enough
June 30, 2017 When Coping Strategies Are Not Enough in a Highly Pressured and Complex Environment A Research for Health Follow-Up  “I remember talking with one nurse manager in an acute...
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Trask and Zeng
Young Innovators: Vibrations can be bad for farmers’ backs
Photo credit: David Stobbe for the University of Saskatchewan Catherine Trask (right) and Xiaoke Zeng (left) study famers’ exposure to body vibrations. By Federica Giannelli Days spent...
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PatientsPartners
Patients as Partners - Share the Vision 2017
SHRF. SPOR. SCPOR. The list of acronyms goes on and on, but what do they all mean? In many industries, acronyms become common practice; so much so, those engrossed in the day to day often take...
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Young Innovators: U of S Study Aims to Improve Depression Treatment
Photo credit: David Stobbe for the University of Saskatchewan Researchers Lisa Kalynchuk (right) and Kyle Brymer (left) study the antidepressant potential of a brain protein. By Federica...
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DrLevin-Team
MS Research That Matters
In the Beginning As the provincial funder of health research in Saskatchewan, SHRF understands the importance of contributing to the end of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). That’s why we’ve been...
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Advancements in FASD Symposium October 24, 2016
A Research Connections Feature: Advancements in FASD Symposium
Here at SHRF we value collaboration and seek to facilitate the creation of partnerships among researchers, health care providers, patients and families, communities, not-for-profits and industry...
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Website Launch
The NEW shrf.ca!
We’re pleased to announce the launch of our brand new website. This past year at SHRF has been a time of renewal, with new leadership and staff, a new office space and, most importantly, a new...
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HealthResearchAtWork
Health Research At Work – A Look at Research and Innovation in Saskatchewan
When we talk about health research, the focus is typically on major discoveries, causes for disease, new health risks or improved medical practices. Researchers in Saskatchewan are indeed...
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A World Without Cancer
A world without cancer, what would that be like? It seems like an insurmountable goal, but for Dr. Franco Vizeacoumar, Research Scientist at the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency and Adjunct Professor in...
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Adolescent Exercise for Bone Health
Osteoporosis is a major public health concern later on in life. The interesting thing about our bones is the only time you can increase the amount of bone in your skeleton is during the growing...
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Improving Breast Health Care in Saskatchewan
According to the Canadian Cancer Society advisory committee on cancer statistics*, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths among Canadian...
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Infectious Disease: Hepatitis C
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a global health concern. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) 130 to 150 million people globally have chronic hepatitis C infection. A significant...
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Mapping Access to Primary Health Care
Did you know that the city or neighbourhood you live in can impact your access to primary health care such as family physicians, nurse practitioners and physiotherapists? In Canada, there is a...
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Transforming Métis Health Services Together
In 2014, an audit of emergency departments’ (EDs) patient charts determined that while First Nations patients with Indian Status could be identified through their status numbers, it was...
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Unpacking the Puzzle of Childhood Asthma
According to the Lung Association, almost three million Canadians and more than 300 million people worldwide have asthma. Of those, roughly 100,000 Saskatchewan people are living with asthma...
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Food Environments: Five Years Later
It’s been five years since Dr. Rachel Engler-Stringer, associate professor in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan, was funded for a SHRF...
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Care-Traumatic Stress
Superbugs: Stopping the Infection Before It Happens
More than 18,000 hospitalized patients in Canada acquire multi-drug-resistant strains of bacteria each year. By 2050, it is predicted that these ‘superbugs’ will kill more people than cancer...
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Superbugs
Better Understanding for Better Care - Traumatic Stress and Health Care Experiences
Trauma exposure is a common issue with the majority of people experiencing some form of trauma at least once in their life. Unfortunately, people with a history of being exposed to trauma...
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YI-Oluwole
Young Innovators: Oluwole
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PartnerBlog
Building Meaningful Partnershi...
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PeerReviewProcess
Peer Review Process
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ApplicationTipsBlog
10 Tips for Writing Your SHRF ...
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Life of a Program
The Life of a Funding Program
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15 Years of Program Evolution
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YI-Salapa
Young Innovators: Salapa
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GaryGroot
Groot Profile
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Barbour-Tuck
Young Innovators: Barbour-Tuck
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YI-Andrushko-Farthing
Young Innovators: Andrushko
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YI-Sokaribo-White
Young Innovators: Sokaribo
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Achievement Award
Past Achievement Awards
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Chairs
Incidence and Prevalence of MS...
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SPHERUresearchers
Saskatchewan’s Healthcare Hi...
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Phenix
Researchers Identifying New Ma...
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Balbuena
Smartphones as a Tool for Suic...
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Gabriela Novotna
Supporting Those Who Treat Men...
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Adams-Mela
Meet the Research Team - Adams...
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Mohammad-Izadifar
Young Innovators: U of S Imagi...
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Patrick Odnokon and Bev Holmes
Provincial Funders are Integra...
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Meet the Researcher - Leah Ferguson
Meet the Researcher - Leah Fer...
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Older Couple
National Seniors Day
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Stroke Chair Renewal
Stroke Research That Matters
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Dr. Sonia Udod
When Coping Strategies Are Not...
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Trask and Zeng
Young Innovators: Vibrations c...
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PatientsPartners
Patients as Partners - Share t...
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KyleBrymer2-Antidepressan
Young Innovators: U of S Study...
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DrLevin-Team
MS Research That Matters
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Advancements in FASD Symposium October 24, 2016
A Research Connections Feature...
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Website Launch
The NEW shrf.ca!
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HealthResearchAtWork
Health Research At Work – A ...
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A World Without Cancer
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Adolescent Exercise for Bone H...
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Improving Breast Health Care i...
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Infectious Disease: Hepatitis ...
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Mapping Access to Primary Heal...
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Transforming Métis Health Ser...
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Unpacking the Puzzle of Childh...
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Food Environments: Five Years ...
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Care-Traumatic Stress
Superbugs: Stopping the Infect...
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Superbugs
Better Understanding for Bette...
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News & Events

Dr. Ingrid Pickering...
December 7, 2018 (Saskatoon) – Dr. Ingrid Pickering, internationally recognized leader in environmental and health research, was recognized by Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation last night...
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Young Innovators: Ol...
Photo: Oluwafemi Oluwole compared rural and urban children’s asthma diagnoses.(Photo credit: Dave Stobbe for the University of Saskatchewan.)   By Federica Giannelli   Rural children in...
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2018 Santé Awards E...
Join us for the 15th annual Santé  Awards Evening. There is no cost to attend this event that celebrates the talent, collaboration and innovation driving Saskatchewan's health research...
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