Release Date: November 4, 2004
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Record growth in research revenue at U of R
Research revenue at the University of Regina reached a record level in 2004 to nearly $23 million, Allan Cahoon, University vice-president (research and international), announced today.

In five years, research revenue has doubled from $11.61 million to $22.82 million, Cahoon said. Since last year, research revenue is up 11.2 per cent from last year's total of $20.51 million.

"Nationally, we're doing very well. Our percentage increase is one of the highest in Canada," Cahoon said. "Locally, we're focused and targeted on research that has relevance to people in Regina and Saskatchewan."

The most dramatic increase is in health research, which is up more than 80 per cent to $1.15 million
over 2002/2003. The focus is on interdisciplinary health research that involves collaboration between several faculties and community organizations, Cahoon said.

For example, with grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Gordon Asmundson, a professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies, has established the Anxiety and Illness Behaviours Laboratory (AIBL), which has locations on campus and within the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region. He is conducting investigations designed to better understand fear of pain and movement (i.e., kinesiophobia), health anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and the associations between each of these and chronic pain and disability. Asmundson's most recent grant from CIHR is $473,453.

Other examples of significant research include the work by chemistry professor Renata Bailey and by sociology professor Harry Diaz.

Bailey is establishing a trace analysis facility at the U of R to identify and analyze micro-organic contaminants such as agricultural pesticides and pharmaceuticals. Her team's research is particularly relevant in Saskatchewan, which uses more agricultural pesticides than any other province in Canada (36% of the Canadian total). The grant for the facility, which will be ready in April 2005, consists of $750,601 each from the Canada Foundation for Innovation and Saskatchewan Learning.

Diaz, head of the University's Department of Sociology and Social Studies, is leading a five-year, $2.4 million study to help the Prairies cope with climate change, which one of the most significant environmental challenges facing humanity today. The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada is funding the research. 

"The success of our colleagues is contagious," Cahoon said. "We continue to build on the research strengths we have established. It is the result of excellent researchers, motivated graduate students and co-operative government and industry partners. We are making a difference in Saskatchewan and increasingly shining a national and international light on the quality research that is undertaken here."