Innovation Saskatchewan provides over $700,000 to University of Regina research projects through Innovation and Science Fund

Media Advisory Release Date: September 17, 2020 2:00 p.m.

Further to the news release issued earlier today by Innovation Saskatchewan, five research projects from the University of Regina have received funding of over $700,000 from Innovation Saskatchewan’s Innovation and Science Fund. The projects awarded this funding are:

1. Improving cannabis-related health and safety
Dr. Nicole Hansmeier, biology assistant professor at Luther College and the Faculty of Science

The research will focus on developing a chemical fingerprinting method which will allow for the identification of illicit Cannabis products and determine their potency and harmful contaminants. The major aims of this research program include finding ways to quantify long-term health effects of cannabis use. These analytical tools will assist law enforcement, health practitioners and growers.

2. Cold Region Erosion and Flooding Research Laboratory
Dr. Wu Peng, assistant professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

The research will investigate the interaction between ice-affected rivers, sediment and hydraulic structures, including bridge piers and dikes, in cold regions. This project will focus on developing innovative ways to deal with ice jams, erosion and cold region structural engineering.

3. Infrastructure to support Canada Research Chair in chemogenomics and antimicrobial research

Dr. Omar El-Halfawy, Faculty of Science

The research will focus on antimicrobial resistance. Existing antibiotics fail to treat infections, and this has become an acute problem to the health of Canadians. The long-term goal is to discover antimicrobials that cripple microbes’ ability to cause infection or resist antibiotics, providing new potential therapeutics for infectious disease.

4. Regina Cube for Multiple Particles
Dr. Gwen Grinyer, physics assistant professor, Faculty of Science

The research will focus on understanding the forces that drive sudden changes with radioactive decay. An array and mechanical support structure will be built at the University of Regina. This will provide solutions to industry and academic institutions, focusing on priority areas like natural resources (mining exploration), healthcare (medical isotopes), safety and security (radiation detection and monitoring) and accelerator-driven technologies.

5. Infrastructure for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Health Research
Dr. Julia Totosy de Zepetnek, assistant professor, Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies

The research will investigate the acute and chronic effects of diet and exercise on cardiometabolic health and food intake regulation in individuals that are obese. The incidence of obesity is substantially increasing in Canada with Saskatchewan having the highest obesity rate per capita. The studies will investigate potential mechanisms responsible for diet and exercise-induced appetite suppression in obesity. The objective is to provide a foundation for advice on diet and exercise in preventing and managing overeating. There is no initiative of similar scope and practice in Canada. The outputs from these studies are anticipated to yield substantial health and economic benefits to Saskatchewan and Canada.

About The University of Regina:

The University of Regina—with campuses located on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 territories, the ancestral lands of the Cree, Saulteaux, Dakota, Lakota and Nakoda nations and the homeland of the Métis—is a comprehensive, mid-sized university that traces its roots back to the creation of Regina College in 1911. Today, more than 16,500 students study within the University's 10 faculties, 25 academic departments/schools, 18 research centres and institutes, and three federated colleges (Campion College, First Nations University of Canada, and Luther College). The University of Regina has an established reputation for excellence and innovative programs that lead to undergraduate, master, and doctoral degrees.


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