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CFI Funds U of S Research on Aboriginal Health, Pollution and Depression

by NationTalk on April 3, 2008838 Views


University of Saskatchewan (U of S) researchers have been awarded a total of $322,492 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) for projects that will shed light on diabetes’ history in Saskatchewan First Nations, better treatments for seniors with depression, pollution’s affect on heart disease, and other issues.The new funding from the CFI Leaders Opportunity Fund was announced March 26, 2008. Notably, all seven U of S researchers who applied for funding this year were successful.

“These CFI investments will provide our leading researchers with the resources they need to address key issues such as Aboriginal health, air pollution, and depression,” said U of S Vice-President Research Steven Franklin.

The CFI funding program is designed to provide infrastructure to Canadian institutions so they can attract researchers at a time of intense international competition for knowledge workers, as well as to retain the very best of today and tomorrow’s leading researchers.

“We can say with conviction that Canada has become a place where world-class researchers want to be,” said Dr. Eliot Phillipson, CFI President and CEO. “This CFI investment will further develop the University of Saskatchewan’s global reputation as a place where outstanding research and training is being conducted.”

A few of the successful U of S recipients include:

* Paul Hackett (geography) was awarded $46,588 to develop a research facility that examines the history of Type Two Diabetes in Manitoba and Saskatchewan First Nations. His research unit will focus their efforts on medical records from World War Two until the 1970’s when diabetes began to emerge as an epidemic. This research is expected to shed light on the cultural, environmental, and genetic factors that explain First Nations’ susceptibility to diabetes. Contact: (306) 966-7999

* Raymond Tempier (psychiatry) was granted $21,078 to acquire a mental health service/psychotropic medication database to determine how closely clinical guidelines for treating mood disorders in Saskatchewan are followed. The database will also be used to determine best practice guidelines for treating depression in Saskatchewan seniors. Contact: (306) 966-8223

* Lynn Weber (veterinary biomedical sciences) was awarded $60,000 to purchase ultrasound and blood pressure telemetry equipment. Weber will use her new equipment to study whether air pollution-such as second-hand tobacco smoke and vehicle exhaust-increases heart disease. If she observes adverse effects from these air pollutants, then her research will be used to establish better air quality regulations that protect cardiovascular health. Contact: (306) 966-8734

The Canada Foundation for Innovation is an independent corporation created by the Government of Canada to fund research. Since its creation in 1997, the CFI has committed $3.8 billion in support of 5,585 projects at 128 research institutions in 64 municipalities across Canada.

A total of $18.7 million was awarded to institutions across Canada under the Leaders Opportunity Fund announcement this year. A complete list of the projects funded at the University of Saskatchewan can be found at:

Located in the heart of Saskatoon, the University of Saskatchewan is one of the leading medical doctoral universities in Canada. With 58 degrees, diplomas and certificates in over 100 areas of study, the University is uniquely positioned in the areas of human, animal and plant studies. World-class research facilities, renowned faculty and award winning students make the U of S a leader in post-secondary education.


For more information, contact:

Cam Zimmer
Research Communications
University of Saskatchewan
(306) 966-2427

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