$150,000 Research Funding Breathes Life Into Ideas That Inspire for Improved Respiratory Health in Saskatchewan

Saskatoon – Six teams, with expertise varying from medicine and clinical practice to computer science and veterinary medicine, have received funding from Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) and the Lung Association, Saskatchewan (LAS) to address respiratory health and well-being in the province. These grants have been awarded in support of the new Respiratory Research Centre (RRC) with the shared goal of “discovery for healthy breathing”. The RRC aims to reduce risk, discover cures, save lives and improve quality of life for all Canadians.

“The goal of our partnership is to build capacity in the area of respiratory research in the province for the benefit of Saskatchewan people,” says SHRF CEO, Patrick Odnokon. “Providing the funding necessary to get new ideas off the ground will help position these research teams for success in addressing chronic respiratory conditions, including their prevention, or develop innovative approaches to health care design and delivery.”

Each team has received up to $25,000 for one-year grants to launch original research projects that will provide new knowledge in the respiratory research field. Highlights of the funded projects include: investigating Saskatchewan air quality and the respiratory health of the elderly; capitalizing on the unique resource of the Canadian Light Source to use synchrotron imaging to build knowledge in the areas of lung transplant rejection and the cause of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, a chronic respiratory disease; assuring new medications are safe for the understudied lung transplant population; investigating the potential health outcomes associated with e-cigarettes, especially related to children and adolescents; and using smartphones to examine patient-reported outcomes in COPD patients.

“Together with SHRF, the Lung Association, Saskatchewan shares the common objective of supporting health research that will help Saskatchewan people breathe easier,” says LAS President and CEO, Susan Cron. “Supporting innovative research, like these projects supported by the Ideas That Inspire grant, move us closer to our mission to improve lung health one breath at a time.”

The following researchers are recipients of this award:

  • Mark Fenton College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
    Synchrotron Imaging to Characterize Chronic Allograft Rejection in a Swine Orthotopic Lung Transplantation Model
  • Shelley Kirychuk College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
    Ambient Air Quality and Respiratory Health in Saskatchewan: the influence of PM2.5
  • Joshua Lawson College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
    Patterns of exposure to conventional and electronic cigarette smoking and their relationship to lung health outcomes among children and adolescents
  • Holly Mansell College of Pharmacy and Nutrition, University of Saskatchewan
    Pharmacokinetics of Apixaban + Tacrolimus or Cyclosporine in Lung Transplant Recipients
  • Erika Penz College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
    An examination of patient reported outcomes in COPD patients utilizing a novel mobile application
  • Robert Skomro College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
    Study of the Pathogenesis and Progression of Bleomycin-Induced Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis in the Distal Airway and Alveoli Using Synchrotron-Based Imaging.

To see full recipient details, visit shrf.ca/Who-We-Fund.

About the Lung Association of Saskatchewan (LAS)

The Lung Association is the leading organization in Canada working to promote lung health and prevent and manage lung disease. This is done by funding vital research and pushing for innovative ways to help people manage their health. The Lung Association of Saskatchewan’s role is to improve respiratory health and the overall quality of life through programs, education, research, training, treatment and prevention of lung disease.

About Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF)

SHRF is the provincial agency that provides the funding necessary to fuel a vibrant culture of health research and innovation for a stronger Saskatchewan. SHRF collaborates with partners to encourage success, connections and action in Saskatchewan’s health research environment, responding to specific needs and offering targeted programs that enable researchers to place themselves among the world’s best and allows the province to be leaders in creating and adopting new health innovations.


For more information:

Patrick Odnokon
CEO, Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation
podnokon@shrf.ca or 306-975-1689

Susan Cron
President and CEO, The Lung Association of Saskatchewan
susan.cron@sk.lung.ca or 306-667-3001

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Page Last Updated: 18/06/2018