The government of Canada is making more funding available for a number of diverse health research projects at the University of Saskatchewan.
Researchers at the Saskatoon-based post secondary institution have qualified to receive $4.4 million for the study of six projects, the majority of which human health issues.
The projects delve into breast and colon cancer, the assessment of driving fitness for seniors and the examination of sleep disorders among First Nations people.
Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale says this investment will reward Saskatchewanians in more ways than one in the long run.
“Investing in health today leads to long term cost savings,” he noted. “But most importantly, it saves lives and leads to new treatments.”
An additional $840,000 will go towards a swine welfare study at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Yolande Seddon says the importance of this funding can’t be undercut or underestimated.
“If they are, in the future, in forests, then it is our responsibility that we take care of them optimally to make sure they are humanely raised.”