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20th Annual 2023-24 Santé Awards

Updated: Mar 5

Celebrating 20 Years of Health Research Excellence in Saskatchewan


The Santé Awards, an annual event hosted by SHRF, celebrate Saskatchewan researcher's outstanding achievements in health research.


This occasion serves as an opportunity to:

  • Acknowledge researchers for their significant contributions to cultivating a vibrant health research and innovation culture.

  • Cultivate and reinforce connections with the research community, our partners, and other provincial supporters.


Our Santé Awards were presented at an in-person networking event on Thursday, January 25th, 2024, at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Saskatoon East.


We announced three different awards during this year's 2023-24 event.


Congratulations to the Winners of the 20th Annual Santé Awards!


EXCELLENCE AWARDS


These awards recognize the top-ranked applications from researchers and teams in the past year’s funding competitions. All applications to SHRF’s funding competitions are ranked according to our rigorous peer review process by committees of active researchers and health professionals.



Image of Excellence Award Winners Dr. Stacey Lovo and Dr. Gary Linassi




Dr. Stacey Lovo and Dr. Gary Linassi

University of Saskatchewan, School of Rehabilitation Sciences

Top 2022-23 Solutions - Innovation Grant






Image of Excellence Award Winners Dr. Ivar Mendez, Rachel Johnson, Dr. Stacey Lovo, and Dr. Scott Adams

Dr. Ivar Mendez, Rachel Johnson, Dr. Stacey Lovo, and Dr. Scott Adams

University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine, Department of Surgery

Top 2022-23 Solutions - Impact Grant









Image of Excellence Award Winner Dr. Stacey Lovo


Dr. Stacey Lovo

University of Saskatchewan, School of Rehabilitation Sciences

Top 2023-24 Establishment Grant - SocioHealth



Image of Excellence Award Winner Dr. Justin Botterill

Dr. Justin Botterill

University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine, Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology

Top 2023-24 Establishment Grant - Biomedical



IMPACT AWARD


Image of Impact Award Winner Dr. Robert Laprairie
Dr. Robert Laprairie. Photograph provided by Dr. Robert laprairie

SHRF also announced the recipient of the Impact Award. This award was presented to a researcher who received a SHRF Establishment Grant in 2018-19, has submitted their 5-year follow-up report, and is currently active in Saskatchewan. The award recognizes their work, which helps build capacity, advance knowledge, inform decision-making, provides health, economic and social impacts, and shows future potential to continue their impact in Saskatchewan.


Dr. Robert Laprairie

University of Saskatchewan

College of Pharmacy and Nutrition


Dr. Robert Laprairie was recognized for his work in the Modulation of the endocannabinoid system in the GAERS rat model of absence epilepsy.


Dr. Robert Laprairie's impactful research work is recognized for: 

  • Research to develop cannabinoid treatments for absence epilepsy 

  • Multiple collaborators on the project  

  • Additional leveraged funding from other Canadian funding agencies  

  • 12 knowledge mobilization activities  

  • And the William A. Devane Young Investigator Award from the International Cannabinoid Research Society  

ACHIEVEMENT AWARD


Image of Achievement Award Winner Dr. Hassan Vatanparast
Dr. Hassan Vatanparast. Photographer: Debra Marshall

Our Achievement Award is presented to one senior researcher currently residing in Saskatchewan, whose exemplary career achievements have been inspired by their drive, leadership and ingenuity. It recognizes the recipient's work over their career to build capacity, advance knowledge, inform decision-making, and provide health, economic, and social impacts in Saskatchewan.


Dr. Hassan Vatanparast

University of Saskatchewan

College of Pharmacy and Nutrition and the School of Public Health







Dr. Hassan Vatanparast is recognized for his impactful work in:

  • Nutritional Epidemiology Studies Using Complex National Health Survey Data  

  • Bone Health Research Studies  

  • Eat Healthy Play Healthy (EHPH) Initiative  

  • Research on Vitamin D 

  • Research on migration health 

  • Healthy Start – Depart Santé (HSDS) 

  • Project LINK (Linking Immigrants to Nutritional Knowledge) 

  • Promoting healthy living and diabetes prevention with Indigenous Communities 

  • Community engagement and knowledge sharing  

  • Training highly qualified people 

  • Building a culture of health research 

  • And lastly, forming international partnerships and collaborations  

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We will be releasing stories over the next few weeks highlighting the important work done by our award winners. Follow our social media and blog posts for more!


Remarks from key stakeholders around Canada celebrating SHRF and health research in Saskatchewan





Thank you to everyone who celebrated with us

at the 20th Annual Santé Awards!

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