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SHRF and The Lung Association, Saskatchewan Commit $1M to Respiratory Research Funding

Updated: Jan 7, 2022

Group photo from announcement
Patrick Odnokon, SHRF CEO; Susan Cron, The Lung Association, Saskatchewan President & CEO; Jenna Brewer, double lung transplant recipient & cystic fibrosis patient; Dr. Mark Fenton, SHRF-funded researcher & The Lung Association, Saskatchewan Board Member; MLA David Buckingham, Saskatoon Westview

When you can’t breathe, nothing else matters. That’s why two of Saskatchewan’s leading health research funding organizations are looking to the future with a long-term investment of $1 million over five years.

Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) and The Lung Association, Saskatchewan (LAS) have built a strong relationship over the years with a common objective of supporting health research in Saskatchewan.

This new investment will be dedicated to furthering health research in the areas of Indigenous people’s health, respiratory disease control and management, patient-caregiver education, cannabis, sleep apnea and other areas related to lung health.

“This partnership between Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation and The Lung Association, Saskatchewan is a continued example of collaboration to address the health challenges that the people of our province face,” says Dr. Donna Goodridge, Director of the Respiratory Research Centre. “The research talent that exists in this province will be able to take advantage of this investment and drive innovative solutions forward for healthier breathing across Saskatchewan.”

“That breath you just took, that is a gift. For many people they can only dream of breathing easily. Respiratory research is crucial to improving the quality of life and wellbeing for people living with lung disease, including myself” says Jennalee Brewer, double lung transplant recipient and cystic fibrosis patient. “Every piece of research gives hope that we are getting closer to ending lung disease.”

“We cannot accomplish our goals when we work in silos,” says SHRF CEO, Patrick Odnokon. “We have found a truly authentic, values-based partnership in working with The Lung Association, Saskatchewan, and together we are aligning our strengths to build our provincial capacity for research that will have an impact on the health of Saskatchewan people.”

“The Lung Association as Saskatchewan’s oldest health charity has led research and evaluation studies into all aspects of respiratory health care for decades. Providing funding to Saskatchewan researchers who are undertaking research in respiratory health is a priority for our organization. Together, with SHRF we are now able to increase our research capacity and work with a partner who truly understands the value and impact of research on our health care systems. Ultimately, those living with lung disease in our province will benefit the most” says LAS President & CEO, Susan Cron.

About SHRF – Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) is the provincial funding 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 by strengthening research capacity and competitiveness, increasing the investment in health research in Saskatchewan and aligning research with the needs of our stakeholders.

About 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.


For more information:

Carley Klaassen, LAS, 306-667-3014

Nikki Desjardins, SHRF, 306-975-1693

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