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Research Teams Awarded Seed Funding to Bring Innovative Solutions to Health Issues in Saskatchewan
March 7, 2017

Innovation continues to thrive in Saskatchewan’s health research community, and that is evident with the announcement of Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation’s (SHRF) latest recipients of Collaborative Innovation Development (CID) grants for 2016-17. Eighteen interdisciplinary teams were awarded one-year seed funding of up to $50,000 intended to foster creativity, novelty and innovation in research that has potential to benefit the health of Saskatchewan residents. 

Some highlights from this year’s competition include:

  • the use of a new therapeutic procedure that uses a NanoKnife® to ‘punch’ tiny holes in cancer cells;
  • development of an advanced dust removal technique suitable for dust-laden poultry houses and other livestock barns; and 
  • a team, that involves Elders, community leaders and parents, to bring to light the oral health needs of Indigenous communities, potentially impacting children’s oral health and well-being. 

Each application was considered by a multidisciplinary committee of researchers and knowledge-users from outside of Saskatchewan. The committee determines which projects best fit the objectives of the program to launch new ideas, develop new research questions or explore unique solutions to health issues relevant to Saskatchewan. These projects also support SHRF’s strategic goal of investing in high-impact, peer-reviewed health research aligned with provincial needs.  

“The committee was genuinely excited about the innovative work going on in Saskatchewan,” says Interim CEO, Patrick Odnokon. “We’re confident that our Collaborative Innovation Development grants will find solutions to the health challenges facing the people of this province.” 

To see the full list of projects funded, see below or visit our Who We Fund page. 

Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) is the provincial agency that provides the funding necessary to fuel a vibrant culture of health research and innovation for a stronger Saskatchewan. 


For more information:
Nikki Desjardins
Communications and Outreach Officer


2016-17 Collaborative Innovation Development (CID) Grant Recipients

Gheorghita Adams, University of Saskatchewan 
The Relationship Between Attachment, Recidivism and Treatment in Forensic Patients with Mental Illness

John Barden, University of Regina 
Evaluation of Gait Variability in Individuals with Relapsing-Remitting MS Using an iOS Gait Gariability App.

Shadi Beshai, University of Regina
Does Matching Treatment Rationale with Individuals' Explanatory Models of Depression Improve Perceptions of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy for Depression?

Veronica Campanucci, University of Saskatchewan 
Mechanisms Underlying Autonomic Neuropathy in Cystic Fibrosis

Francisco Cayabyab, University of Saskatchewan 
Therapeutic Potential of Novel Dimer Drugs in a New Rat Model of Parkinson's Disease

Xiongbiao (Daniel) Chen, University of Saskatchewan 
CFD-Based Visualization of Cerebral Aneurysms Treated with Flow-Diverting Stents

Andrew Freywald, University of Saskatchewan 
Research Study to Initiate a Clinical Trial for Targeting Synthetic Lethality Between EPHB6 and SRC in Breast Cancer

Donna Goodridge, University of Saskatchewan 
How Do Material and Social Deprivation Affect Health Care Utilization of High System Users with Multimorbidity? A Retrospective Cohort Study

Nancy Gyurcsik, University of Saskatchewan 
Exploring the Effectiveness of an In-Person Integrated Counselling Training Module to Increase Exercise Providers' Knowledge and Beliefs to Instruct and Educate Saskatchewan Adults with Chronic Non-Cancer Pain

Marcella Ogenchuk, University of Saskatchewan 
Exploring Oral Health with Indigenous Communities: Collaborative Pathways for Early Intervention

Tracie Risling, University of Saskatchewan 
Developing a Mobile Application to Support Healthcare Transition Success for Adolescents with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Alan Rosenberg, University of Saskatchewan 
Prenatal Determinants of Chronic Inflammation-Mediated Diseases

Jennifer St.Onge, Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region 
3D Multiple Object Tracking Training in Persons with Multiple Sclerosis

Maruti Uppalapati, University of Saskatchewan 
Development of Protein Inhibitors Targeting SREBP1 for Targeted Therapy of Glioblastoma

Joan Wagner, University of Regina 
Improving Emergency Department Care Provider and Patient Outcomes Using a Synergy Tool

Yuliang Wu, University of Saskatchewan 
Targeting HAGE (DDX43) Helicase in Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Jim Xiang, University of Saskatchewan 
Beneficial Cytotoxic T Lymphocyte Responses Derived from Irreversible Electroporation (IRE-NanoKnife) of Pancreatic Cancer for Improvement of IRE-Ablation Cancer Therapy

Lifeng Zhang, University of Saskatchewan 
Dust Exposure Reduction for Workers: Airborne Dust Removal in Poultry Houses by Electrostatic Space Charge System (ESCS)

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