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Cancer Research Unit

The Cancer Research Unit was established in May 1990. The Unit was awarded a Terry Fox Regional Development Grant from the National Cancer Institute of Canada (NCIC) which assisted in the initial funding of the scientists in the unit. Partners in the grant were the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, and the College of Medicine of the University of Saskatchewan. The Unit is home to five research scientist who are employees of the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency but who also hold cross appointments in the University. In addition, there are currently four Associate Members of the Unit who are full time employees of the University of Saskatchewan. All told the unit is a dynamic and active research center with a permanent staff of approximately 50.


Funding for the unit comes from the Cancer Agency in the form of both core support and some operating funds. However, all research carried out within the unit is funded by competitive research grants from agencies such as the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), the National Cancer Institute of Canada (NCIC), the Heart and Stoke Foundation, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) of Saskatchewan.

Graduate Studies Opportunities

The Unit research scientists have academic appointments in the Division of Oncology, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan. In addition, they all hold associate membership status in basic science departments such as Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology or Pathology. The scientists actively participate in these departments and teach both undergraduate and graduate courses. This also enables the scientists to supervise graduate students under the umbrella of their respective academic departments. Currently there are 13 graduate students being supervised by members of the Unit. Anyone interested in graduate studies is encouraged to contact either Dr. Deborah Anderson or any of the Unit scientists.

Summer Student Opportunities

Each summer the Unit numbers are swelled by the arrival of young enthusiastic undergraduates interested in obtaining experience "working at the bench". Many of these students eventually go on to graduate work. Funding for these positions comes from a generous donation from the Canadian Cancer Society as well as USTEP funds. In the past we have been able to employ over 10 summer students each summer. Students interested in such an experience should contact individual scientists early in the new year since these summer studentships are very popular.

Contact Information

Deborah Anderson, Ph.D.
Cancer Cluster Leader
Rm 4D30.2 Health Sciences Bldg
University of Saskatchewan
107 Wiggins Road
Saskatoon, SK  Canada  S7N 5E5
Phone: 306-966-7038
E-mail: deborah.anderson@saskcancer.ca

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