December 7, 2018 (Saskatoon) – Dr. Ingrid Pickering, internationally recognized leader in environmental and health research, was recognized by Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation last night as the 2018 Achievement Award winner. Pickering, acting Vice-Dean in the College of Arts and Science and Canada Research Chair in Molecular Environmental Science in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan, was presented the award at the 15th annual Santé Awards Evening. The event is a celebration of health research excellence in Saskatchewan.
Her work, which uses synchrotron technology to understand the effects of heavy metals on human health and the environment, has had an international impact and led to the discovery of important advances in health research. One such example is the co-discovery of the relationship between selenium and arsenic in the diet and arsenic poisoning in Bangladesh. This work led to two clinical trials and suggests that selenium supplements may provide some relief from this major problem in environmental toxicology and positively impact more than 100 million people worldwide affected by arsenic poisoning.
Pickering was also honoured for her commitment to providing mentorship and training, with a track record of over 38 highly qualified personnel throughout her career and close to 100 more who have been trained through her leadership of the 2009 Training in Health Research Using Synchrotron Techniques, or THRUST, program, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Strategic Training Initiative, the University of Saskatchewan and the Canadian Light Source.
“Tonight, we honour Dr. Pickering as our Achievement Award winner for her relentless pursuit of innovation when it comes to synchrotron technology; for her notable accomplishments in improving health for those around the world; and for her leadership in building the capacity of Saskatchewan’s health research environment,” says SHRF CEO, Patrick Odnokon. “Dr. Pickering has made significant contributions to and raised the profile of the world-class research and collaborations that are happening in our province.”
Other awards presented during the event included the Impact Award, which went to Dr. Brenna Bath from the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, for her work over the past five years after receiving a SHRF Establishment Grant in 2013-14 to investigate new models of health care delivery to those in rural and remote areas suffering from chronic back pain. SHRF also presented Excellence Awards to the top-ranked researchers and teams from its funding competitions over the past year.
Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) is the provincial agency that funds, supports and promotes the impact of health research that matters to Saskatchewan by collaborating with stakeholders to contribute to the growth of a high-performing health system, culture of innovation and the improved health of citizens.
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Dr. Ingrid Pickering Acting Vice-Dean, Research, Scholarly and Artistic Works, College of Arts and Science, and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Molecular Environmental Science in the Department of Geological Sciences, University of Saskatchewan
Dr. Brenna Bath School of Rehabilitation Science, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
Dr. Eric Price Chemistry, College of Arts and Science, University of Saskatchewan
Top Establishment Grant – Biomedical
Dr. Emily McWalter Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Saskatchewan
Top Establishment Grant – Socio-Health
Dr. Renuka Dahiya Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
Supervisors: Drs. Andrew Freywald and Franco Vizeacoumar
Top Research Fellowship – Biomedical
Dr. Ornwipa Thamsuwan Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture (CCHSA), College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
Supervisors: Drs. Catherine Trask and Stephan Milosavljevic
Top Research Fellowship – Socio-Health
Dr. Xiongbiao Daniel Chen Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Saskatchewan
Top Collaborative Innovation Development Grant – Biomedical
Dr. Louise Racine College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan
Top Collaborative Innovation Development Grant – Socio-Health Systems, and Clinical
Dr. Angela Bowen College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan
Top Sprout Grant
Dr. Jennifer Gordon Psychology, Faculty of Arts, University of Regina
Top Patient-Oriented Research Leadership Grant (Competition I)
Dr. Mark Fenton Department of Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
Top Ideas That Inspire Grant