About

The Life and Health Sciences Research Expo acknowledges exemplary research and learning activity at the University of Saskatchewan. This annual event is a showcase for interdisciplinary health science research throughout the province and across both basic and clinical sciences. 

The event consists of two poster competition sessions (one in the morning and one in the afternoon) with up to 160 research posters presented, followed by a keynote speaker, awards, and a networking reception. 

USask students, researchers, faculty and senior leaders are invited to celebrate outstanding research, collaboration and mentorship within the Health Sciences.

2019 dates

April 8, 2019 — Deadline to submit materials (abstracts for the poster competition, papers, and/or award nominations)
May 2, 2019 — 2019 Life and Health Sciences Research Expo

Ways to participate

  • Submit an abstract for the research poster competition
  • Submit a paper for the Best Paper Award
  • Nominate an outstanding faculty supervisor for the Best Supervisor Award

Register now!

The materials submission period for the 2019 Life and Health Sciences Research Expo has closed.

Research poster competition

Graduate students, undergraduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and dentistry and medical residents are invited to submit an abstract in order to participate in the Life and Health Sciences Research Expo poster competition.

2019 student prizes for the research expo total $6,000.

Research poster competition categories:

  • Basic Science
  • Clinical Science
  • Social & Population Health

Application guidelines

  • Graduate students, undergraduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and dentistry and medical residents are invited to submit an abstract in order to participate in the Life and Health Sciences Research Expo poster competition. 
  • The call for abstracts operates on a first come, first served basis and will remain open until 160 abstracts have been received or until the deadline is reached—whichever comes first.
  • The deadline for submitting an abstract to the 2019 poster competition is end-of-day April 8, 2019
  • Accepted applicants will be notified by email no later than April 12, 2019.
  • Click here to preview the 2019 poster abstract submission form.

Poster guidelines

  • The accepted poster size is no greater than 48" wide.
    • Students are responsible for printing their own posters.
    • The recommended printer is XL Printing on USask campus.
  • Click here for tips on creating an eye catching poster.
  • Click here for the USask poster template.
  • Click here for approved USask logos to include on your poster.

Best Paper Award

At an awards ceremony to be held on May 2, 2019, cash prizes will be awarded to outstanding research papers submitted to the Life and Health Sciences Research Expo. 

Application guidelines

  • Undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and dentistry and medical residents are invited to submit a paper.
  • Click here to preview the registration questions.
  • The paper must be high-quality and published in an academic, peer-reviewed journal after July 1, 2017.
  • Applicants must be a senior author on the paper.
  • Applicants do not have to submit an abstract for the poster competition to be considered for this award.
  • Winners will be notified via email and will be invited to the awards portion of the Research Expo on May 2, where they will receive their prize.
  • Winners will be invited to share their research in a three-minute thesis-style presentation at the awards ceremony.
  • The deadline for submitting a paper is end-of-day April 8, 2019

Best Supervisor Award

This student-nominated award honors a faculty supervisor who has provided outstanding mentorship and guidance to graduate students in the health sciences at the University of Saskatchewan. 

Nomination guidelines

  • Nominators do not have to submit an abstract for the poster competition to in order to nominate a faculty supervisor.
  • The winner will be notified via email and invited to be recognized by the nominator among students and peers at the awards portion of the May 2 Research Expo.
  • The nomination deadline is end-of-day April 8, 2019.
  • Click here to preview the nomination questions.

2019 agenda

Life and Health Sciences Research Expo

Health Sciences, D-Wing, USask campus, Saskatoon

Thursday, May 2, 2019

8 – 9 am Registration for the morning session
D-Wing, outside Room 1B21, Health Sciences Building
9 am – 12 pm Morning poster competition session
D-Wing Atrium, 2nd and 3rd floors, Health Sciences Building
12 – 1 pm Registration for the afternoon session
D-Wing, outside Room 1B21, Health Sciences Building
Registration for the afternoon session
D-Wing, outside Room 1B21, Health Sciences Building
1 – 4 pm Afternoon poster competition session
D-Wing Atrium, 2nd and 3rd floors, Health Sciences Building

4 – 5 pm

Keynote Speaker — Dr. Alan M. Rosenberg
Health Sciences Building GB03

5 – 5:30 pm

Keynote Speaker — Mr. Patrick Odnokon, SHRF CEO
Health Science Building GB03

5:30 – 6:15 pm

Awards and Recognition
Health Sciences Building GB03

6 – 7:30 pm

Networking Reception
D-Wing Atrium, Health Sciences Building

Keynote speakers

Dr. Alan M. Rosenberg

Dr. Alan M. Rosenberg

Dr. Alan Rosenberg is a professor of pediatrics and the current head of the Division of Rheumatology in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Saskatchewan. He directs pediatric rheumatology clinical service and maintains a translational research program as the director of the Pediatric Rheumatic Disease Research and Innovation Laboratory.

Dr. Rosenberg’s research activities include leading and participating in transdisciplinary studies that show how genetic, lifestyle and environmental factors interact to influence the occurrence and outcomes of childhood rheumatic diseases. He leads and participates in collaborative research that contributes to:

  • characterizing the utility of biomarker profiling in childhood arthritis;
  • studying how inflammation occurring during pregnancy can influence the occurrence of future inflammatory-mediated diseases;
  • determining the pathogenesis of uveitis associated with childhood arthritis;
  • characterizing novel inflammatory pain pathways;
  • exploring pathogenic implications of interactions between DNA and collagen; and
  • developing new methods to image growing joints using synchrotron-based technologies.

Dr. Rosenberg strongly advocates for interdisciplinary collaborations in order to maximize research excellence, productivity, and efficiency.

Mr. Patrick Odnokon

Patrick Odnokon

As CEO of Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF), Patrick works with the SHRF Board and staff, partners and stakeholders to strengthen research capacity and competitiveness; increase investment in research and innovation; and align research with stakeholders’ needs. In addition, Patrick works closely with government to determine how Saskatchewan’s world-class research environment can best respond to a transformed health system and be leveraged into the province’s innovation agenda.

Patrick joined SHRF in October 2007 as the Director of Impact and Evaluation before becoming CEO in 2017. As director, Patrick played a key role in monitoring, evaluating and reporting on the progress and impact of SHRF’s work in advancing health research and innovation in Saskatchewan. His work has established SHRF as a leader nationally in research evaluation and impact assessment and has recently gained SHRF recognition internationally by the ROI Institute as one of their 2017-2018 award winners for most innovative approach to ROI (Return On Investment).    

Mr. Odnokon has a B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of Saskatchewan and has worked in research over the past twenty years. He is an experienced collaborator and has contributed to more than thirty publications including peer reviewed papers, published abstracts and professional communications.

FAQ

Frequently asked questions

  • What are the best practices for creating my research poster?
    • The accepted poster size is no greater than 48" wide.
    • Click here for tips on creating an eye catching poster.
    • Click here for the USask poster template.
    • Click here for approved USask logos to include on your poster.
  • I won a prize at the Life and Health Sciences Research Expo. How do I claim it?
    • Click here for the form to claim your research day prize.
      • Submit the form to the USask Health Sciences Office in Room 5D30 on the 5th floor of the Health Sciences Building (D Wing).
      • Expect to receive your payment within two weeks of submitting your paperwork to claim your prize.
  • How will I know which poster session I'm presenting in?
    • The USask Health Sciences Office will notify poster participants whether they will be presenting in the morning or afternoon session

Sponsors

The University of Saskatchewan Life and Health Sciences Research Expo would not be possible without the continued support of our sponsors. We would like to thank the following sponsors for helping showcase the interdisciplinary health science research taking place throughout the province and across both basic and clinical sciences.

University of Saskatchewan sponsors