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Laboratory Focus November 2012

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PHARMACEUTIC AL CLINIC AL CHEMIC AL FOOD ENVIRONMENT www.laboratoryfocus.ca 2012 Readers' Choice Awards Page 10 NOVEMBER 2012 Volume 16, Number 6 R&D News ......................... 1 Appointments .................... 6 Pharma Notes .................... 7 New Products ..................15 Calendar ..........................17 Career Spotlight...............18 DR. MICHAEL KELLY NAMED SASKATCHEWAN RESEARCH CHAIR IN CLINICAL STROKE RESEARCH Saskatoon brain surgeon and medical researcher Dr. Michael Kelly has been awarded the Sas- katchewan research chair in clini- cal stroke research to pursue his work in the operating room and at the Canadian Light Source syn- chrotron to advance understanding of strokes and improve prevention and treatment. "The creation of this chair in clinical stoke research increases our health research capacity and enables collaboration toward Sas- katchewan solutions in dealing with strokes, which have a dev- astating effect on individuals and their families," said Rob Norris, Saskatoon Greystone MLA on behalf of Health Minister Dustin Duncan. The chair will provide $1 million over five years, jointly funded by three Saskatchewan organizations –- the Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF), the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) and the University of Saskatchewan (U of S). The U of S will provide an additional $200,000 for equipment and personnel costs, as well as providing protected research time and salary. The Saskatoon Health Region is also providing contributions through additional access to equip- ment, facilities and personnel. "The world of stroke treatment has radically changed in the past decade, largely due to a focus on stroke research," said Lorie Langenfurth, CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation. "But this is still a devastating condition that affects 50,000 Canadians every year. Dr. Kelly's work will bring us that much closer to turning the tide on stroke." Kelly's research program will use synchrotron imaging to trace how stem cells move through the brain after a stroke. He will also test the properties of stents – expandable mesh tubes placed inside blood vessels – with a view to improv- ing these and similar medical Publications Mail Registration Number: 40052410 devices. These research activities are expected to contribute greatly to knowledge and awareness of stroke care, treatment and pre- vention. The Saskatchewan research chairs program aims to attract, support and retain top-quality re- search leaders who are working in a provincial priority area and who contribute to capacity building and knowledge sharing in those areas. To see this story online visit www.laboratoryfocus.ca/?p=266 Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation

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