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From relationships to apps - SHRF's Research Connections recipients are mobilizing knowledge in SK

Updated: Oct 20, 2023

SHRF's final Research Connections call for the 2022-23 year is funding several important health research projects in Saskatchewan. From building relationships with Indigenous hemodialysis patients to developing an app that administers mental health supports to women struggling with infertility, these knowledge mobilization initiatives are ensuring that research is informed by, and connected with, the communities it stands to benefit.

SHRF is thrilled to be supporting another round of exceptional knowledge mobilization projects in Saskatchewan. These projects will help ensure that the hard work of Saskatchewan researchers has the opportunity for impact on healthcare practice and patient experience. - Patrick Odnokon, SHRF CEO

SHRF's Research Connections Grant aims to increase health research relevance, usability and uptake by supporting short-term and targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives in Saskatchewan. These initiatives are designed to reach those who stand to integrate the findings in daily practice (ie., knowledge-users) or to benefit directly from the findings (ie., those with lived or living experience). The Research Connections Grant works to bridge the gap between health research findings and practice, therefore advancing the use and integration of knowledge, innovations and discoveries in Saskatchewan.

As part of SHRF's Connections Program, this funding prioritizes mobilization and alignment activities that take place or benefit those outside of academic settings.

These funded projects represent the third and final round of Research Connections Grants in 2022-23. SHRF is proud to fund nine projects through an investment of $80,399. This call concludes the 2022-23 Research Connections Grant, which supported a total of 18 projects through $156,152 in funding. Additional Research Connections funding above and beyond these totals targeted reconciliation activities and initiatives through our 2022-23 Truth & Action Grant.

2022-23 Research Connections Grant #3 Recipients

Amira Abdelrasoul | University of Saskatchewan Ahmed Shoker | University of Saskatchewan $3,385 Establishing Connections with Indigenous Hemodialysis Patients in Saskatchewan Towards Improved Patient Outcomes

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Jorden Cummings | University of Saskatchewan $10,000

The RESOLVing Violence Podcast: Mobilizing Prairie Research on Violence & Abuse

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Jennifer Gordon | University of Regina $10,000 Launching a Mobile App Targeting Distress Related to Infertility

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Peter Hedlin | University of Saskatchewan Jennifer O'Brien | University of Saskatchewan $8,514 Reducing Delirium After Surgery in Saskatchewan: A Knowledge Sharing Study

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Shela Hirani | University of Regina $10,000 Toolkit on Strategies to Promote, Protect and Support Breastfeeding Practices of Refugee Mothers with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

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Natasha Hubbard Murdoch | Saskatchewan Polytechnic Roslyn Compton | University of Saskatchewan $10,000 Encircling Older Adult Care: A Summit to Create Connections & Community for All Persons Caring with Older Adults

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Paulette Hunter | St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan $10,000 Developing a Website to Mobilize Knowledge in Support of Palliative and Continuing Care

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Cameron Mang | University of Regina $10,000 Time for Action: Connecting People with Chronic Neurological Conditions to the Long-Term Benefits of Exercise

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Nathalie Reid | University of Regina Steffi Oberthier | University of Regina $8,500 Creating a Trauma-Integrated Practices (TIPs) Knowledge Mobilization Series for Child-Serving Sectors in Saskatchewan

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Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) is the provincial agency that funds, supports and promotes the impact of health research that matters to Saskatchewan. SHRF collaborates with stakeholders to contribute to the growth of a high-performing health system, culture of innovation and the improved health of citizens. These objectives are achieved by strengthening research capacity and competitiveness, increasing the investment in health research in Saskatchewan and aligning research with the needs of stakeholders.

Inquiries about SHRF's Research Connections Grant may be directed to Karen Tilsley, Director of Programs and Partnerships, at

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