The University of Regina is pleased to be receiving some funding to help develop health knowledge across the province.
$937,000 has been granted to the University through the Canadian Institutes of Health and Research, with an additional $451,000 being granted to Dr. Randy Johner.
Johner’s grant is for exploration of the use of smartphones and advanced technology to deliver culturally adapted substance abuse treatment for those in rural and remote areas.
She said the app has the potential to be a unique tool that continues and builds upon what patients have learned and received in treatment.
“An app would be a support or augment treatment,” she noted.
“For example, it’d be a counselor without a counselor in front of you.”
For her part, President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Vianne Timmons was pleased with the announcement.
“We don’t have a medical school here,” she said. “So the more that comes here, it’s usually community based work like we have now and it’s really a wonderful announcement.”
Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale said it’s important work is done to encourage studies like this to start and continue.
The more we can get researchers to focus on studying health related initiatives, the more the CHIR is likely to fund their research proposals.
“Both Dr. Johner and Dr. Johnson, you see how practical they are,” he said.”They’re focusing on real life, local challenges. How do you make addictions treatment generally available across a broad rural territory?”