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Medicine is so much more than lab coats and stethoscopes. The research community at the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine is a diverse group of humans, all working with their own unique motivations — and not all do so in a hospital setting. Get to know what gets these researchers amped about their jobs, what they’re doing, where they’re doing it, and why. Presented by the Office of Vice-Dean of Research, College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan.

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Medicine is so much more than lab coats and stethoscopes. The research community at the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine is a diverse group of humans, all working with their own unique motivations — and not all do so in a hospital setting. Get to know what gets these researchers amped about their jobs, what they’re doing, where they’re doing it, and why. Presented by the Office of Vice-Dean of Research, College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan.

    Motorcycles for maternal care: Ron Siemens makes the links in northern Mozambique

    Motorcycles for maternal care: Ron Siemens makes the links in northern Mozambique

    Ron Siemens never planned to be a pediatrician. But after he and his wife raised two sets of twins, his empathy for parents grew.

    In this episode, Siemens explains what pushed him to work in the world's poorest countries. Now, his research involves young people in northern Mozambique who've created better ways to keep newborns and their mothers alive and healthy.

    • 22 min
    His father's son: Nazeem Muhajarine connects the coronavirus and human behaviour

    His father's son: Nazeem Muhajarine connects the coronavirus and human behaviour

    Actions speak louder than words for Nazeem Muhajarine. After tracking thousands of Saskatchewan people in surveys during the Covid-19 pandemic, he's concerned.

    "If you're saying people should be wearing masks when they cannot physically distance, you better show it," said the social epidemiologist. "By wearing a mask yourself."

    With fewer respondents now happy with the government's pandemic response, Muhajarine calls this 'a huge concern'.

    • 26 min
    Keeping brains active and connected, in a pandemic lockdown

    Keeping brains active and connected, in a pandemic lockdown

    What would happen to patients missing key injections of medication? Whose brains were already injured by chronic conditions?

    Sarah Donkers could have spent weeks in lockdown quietly catching up on prior work. Instead, she and her team went out of their way to keep patients connected and active.

    • 15 min
    Jenny-Lee Thomassin uncovers molecular secrets hiding inside tiny, drug-resistant bacteria

    Jenny-Lee Thomassin uncovers molecular secrets hiding inside tiny, drug-resistant bacteria

    Molecular microbiologist Jenny-Lee Thomassin recently arrived at the University of Saskatchewan to study one of the most drug-resistant strains of Klebsiella pneumoniae. 

    "What seems to be emerging in some places are crosses between classic and hypervirulent strains, where antibiotic-resistant bacterium can make a healthy person sick," says Thomassin.

    Like a blindfolded mechanic, her job is to take apart the machine inside this tiny bacteria and find out what makes it tick.

    • 14 min
    "Like water-wings": how Kerry Lavender gave mice human lungs, to test coronavirus therapies

    "Like water-wings": how Kerry Lavender gave mice human lungs, to test coronavirus therapies

    “Some therapeutics work in a really human-specific way,” said Kerry Lavender. “When that’s an important factor, we need our mice.

    Her mice are in demand around the world, as scientists search for drug therapies to treat patients infected with this novel coronavirus.

    “I’ve never had them breed as well as they do in Saskatchewan,” she said. “Which is good, because we’re going to need a lot of them for this."

    • 20 min
    Dr. Cory Neudorf looks at what takes priority and what gets cut, during an unprecedented public health crisis

    Dr. Cory Neudorf looks at what takes priority and what gets cut, during an unprecedented public health crisis

    After winning grants of just over $240,000, Dr. Cory Neudorf is sharpening the blurry picture Canadians currently have of public health spending during the Covid-19 pandemic. He calls this an "unprecedented" crisis for both the medical system and politicians, as it lays the cracks in society bare.

    • 23 min

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