CCRAH Research Seminars

Tentative schedule for the Winter 2024 Term.

The Canadian Centre for Rural and Agricultural Health seminar is a biweekly lecture delivered by invited speakers on Tuesdays from 2:30-3:30 during the school term.  Presentations are offered in-person and by Zoom platform.

Topics include current issues in agricultural and rural health research and practice.  Seminar speakers include those affiliated with the Canadian Centre, with other departments at U of S, and visitors to the university such as those from other institutions or government.  We encourage presentations from students, researchers, Centre staff, and practitioners.  The 30 to 40-min presentation format emphasizes discussion of topics and encourages participant interaction with speakers.

Before the Seminar

We are using Zoom Meetings platform for CCRAH Seminar. Test that you can join Zoom from your computer or device

To join the Seminar on Tuesday at 2:30 pm

  • Contact Sueli Bizetto de Freitas for zoom link information
  • Connect to audio.
  • You do not need your webcam unless you want to use it.
  • Participant microphones will be muted, by default. When the host asks for questions you can ‘raise your hand’ to unmute in turn to ask a question of the presenter. You may also post questions in the chat box.
  • CCHSA Seminar tends be about 1 hour long: 30-45 minute presentation and 15-20 minutes of question and answer.
  • Technical support will not be available during the seminar.

Please direct questions about your Zoom session capacity to Sueli at




January 23 Shiva Naseri

Statistical Investigation of the Prevalence and Incidence of High Blood Pressure among Rural Residents of Saskatchewan

January 9 Merle Massie

Public Speaking Tips

January 23 Shiva Naseri

Statistical Investigation of the Prevalence and Incidence of High Blood Pressure among Rural Residents of Saskatchewan

February 6 Niels Koehncke

Radiation safety and lead exposure in Veterinary Medicine

March 5 Valerie Elliot

Services for older adults living in four rural primary care memory clinic communities and surrounding areas: a multi-method qualitative study

March 19 Greg Guenther & Megan Tomilin

Greg's Title: Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice of Natural Health Products for Oral Health.

Megan's Title: Using Mass Spectrometry for Biomarker Discovery: Stratifying STEMI Risk Groups.




January 24 Aaron Kociolek

Developing a mechanistic framework to predict risk of work-related carpal tunnel syndrome 

February 7 Valerie Elliot

Interprofessional collaborative primary care for older adults living with age-related chronic disease in rural and remote areas: A scoping review (in progress) of implemented innovations and solutions.

February 20-24

Mid-term Break

No seminar

February 28 Shirmin Bintey Kader Association between impaired sleep and four domains of health based on the Indigenous Medicine Wheel. Findings from two Saskatchewan First Nation Communities
March 14 Megan Tomilin Archaeology and Mass Spectrometry: A Match Made in
March 28 William Pickett Social Norms and Risk-taking on Canadian Farms
April 4 Sharon Feng

Lead Toxicity

April 11 James A. Dosman A Tale of Three Projects: Addressing inequities in Health 2012-2028.
May 2 Gregory Kost Occupational sunlight exposure

May 16

Dr. Jan Zejda The role of measurement of the fractional concentration of exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) in epidemiological studies on pediatric asthma
October 3 Drs. Angelica Lang/Shelley Kirychuk Introduction to the Seminar Series
October 17 Conference Schedule CASA Virtual Conference 
October 31 Dr. Julie Kostinuk RaDAR Primary Care Memory Clinics: Research Projects to Date
November 14 Alyson Kelvin Team work makes the dream work: Tackling Long COVID in Saskatchewan with a multidisciplinary group of researchers and clinicians

Special Seminar - Thrusday November 23 

Irene Blackberry, La Trobe University Transforming aged care: innovations from down Under.

November 28

CCRAH Faculty

Ask the Faculty Panel: A Student-Centric Seminar

 2022 -Seminar




Jan 11 Cancelled The Agricultural Health & Safety Network Programs
Jan 25 Angelica lang Musculoskeletal disorders in farmers and functional task testing protocols: an Ergonomics Lab update
Feb 8 Debra Morgan Rural Dementia Action Research (RaDAR) Team: Overview and update
Feb 21-25 Mid-term Break
Mar 8 Juan Ianowski The contribution of pulmonary ionocytes to cystic fibrosis lung disease
Mar 22 Kaitlin Merkowsky Characterizing Lung Inflammation in Agricultural Respiratory Exposures Between the Sexes
Apr 5 Bisma Ikram Vision Problems Among Sleep Deprived Canadian Adults
Apr 19 Allison Cammer & Josh Lawson Nutrition Interventions & Dietitian Involvement in the Treatment of COPD: A Systematic Review
Oct 25 Niels Koehncke Welcome to CCHSA & Seminar Series
Nov 1 Julie Kosteniuk Health Service Utilization by Rural and Remote Memory Clinic Patients Before and After Diagnosis
Nov 15 Josh Lawson The relationship between childhood asthma and mental
health conditions
Nov 29 Kaitlin Merkowsky One of these things is not like the other – Sex Differential responses to agricultural exposures
Dec 13 Muhammad Imran Identification and Quantification of Sperm Head Plasma Membrane Proteins Associated with Male Fertility





Jan 19 Roman Koziy

Diagnostic Markers for Detection of Eradication of Joint Infection in Horses

Jan 26 No seminar
Feb 2 Allison Cammer

End of life nutrition care: A national survey of LTC RDs

--- Winter Mid-term Break ---
Feb 23

Rana Masud

Modeling Obesity Rate with Spatial Auto-correlation: A Case Study

March 2 Seshni Naidoo

Nutrition Care and the Long Term Care House Model–An Emerging Trend

March 9 Stacey Lovo

Nisitohtamowin - Understanding Each other and Working Together

March 16 Virginia Deobald

Nurses’ Experience using Nonpharmacological Interventions for Persons Living with Dementia in Rural Long Term Care Facilities

March 23 TBA
March 30 Donna Goodridge

Development and Evaluation of an App to Support Caregivers of People with Dementia: A Mixed Methods Study

Oct 12 Niels Koehncke

CCHSA: Welcome and Orientation

Oct 26 Melanie Bayly

The psychological and social wellbeing of older adults living alone with cognitive impairment

Nov 9 George S. Katselis

Detection of SARS-CoV-2 Salivary Biomarkers using Mass Spectrometry-based Omics

Nov 23 Ulfat A. Khanam

Application of machine learning in predicting and validating asthma phenotypes among rural and urban children

Dec 7 Shelley Kirychuk

Occupational Hygiene Respiratory Exposures and Health: Anticipating, Recognizing, Assessing, and Controlling Physical, Chemical, Biological, and Ergonomic Stressors

Dec 21 J. A. Dosman, P. Pahwa & J. Seeseequasis

Results from the First Nations Sleep Health Project




Sept 22 Niels Koehncke CCHSA Welcome and Orientation
Sept 29 Sharleen Jahner

The Psychologically Traumatic Experiences of Rural Registered Nurses Who Live and Work in the Same Community

Oct 6 Lynette Epp Truth and Reconciliation in Indigenous Health Research – A Case Study in the U of S College of Medicine
Oct 27 Josh Lawson

Mental Health and Asthma among Children

No seminar --- Fall Mid-term Break ---
Nov 3 Upkardeep Pandher Respiratory Inflammation and Agricultural Exposures: Combined or Individual Exposure to Lipopolysaccharide and Glyphosate
Nov 10

 No seminar 

--- Fall Mid-term Break ---

Nov 17

Alison Irvine, Stacey Lovo, and Brenna Bath

Reimagining Rural and Remote Physiotherapy in Saskatchewan: A World Café Multi-stakeholder Event


Next seminar is January 5th, 2021
--- Holiday Break ---





















January 7 


Sean Polreis

Cook Ross Everyday Bias for Healthcare Professionals

January 14

David Schneberger

 CO2: A unrecognized contributor to lung inflammation?

January 21

Sean Tucker

High frequency parental texting while driving before and after the 2018 Humboldt Broncos hockey team bus crash

January 28

Niels Koehncke & Catherine Trask

High Risk? Indoor Cannabis Producers’ Perceptions of Occupational Health and Safety

February 4

Ornwipa Thamsuwan

An Ergonomic Evaluation of Exoskeleton Use in Agriculture

February 11

Megan Walsh

Mindfulness and leadership

February 18

No seminar - Winter midterm break


February 25

Brenna Bath, Stacey Lovo, and Alison Irvine

Our journey with a team and technology health care delivery approach in partnership with Pelican Narrows, a Northern Saskatchewan Cree First Nation

March 3

 Andrea Scerbe

Digital tools for delivery of dementia education for healthcare providers of people living with dementia

March 10

Amanda Nascimento

The effects of RESP-AID (an herbal formulation) on asthma

March 17

Alexandra Frey Belotta

Radiation protection for equine veterinary workers: what are their safety practices and associated radiation doses?

March 24



March 31

 Sharleen Jahner

 The psychologically traumatic experiences of rural registered nurses who live and work in the same community

April 7

 Luan Chu


April 14

 Allison Cammer

 Comfort feeding and end of life nutrition care within the Canadian long-term care context

April 21

 Lynette Epp


April 28

 Joshua Lawson




January 15              Kate Langrell Copyright for Researchers
January 22

Murray Pettitt

Prairie Swine Centre: Research Update and Collaborative Opportunities

January 29

Erika Penz

Establishing Lung Cancer Attributable Costs Using Saskatchewan Health Administrative Data: A Methodological Study

Feburary 12

Dr. Fergall Magee

Review of Current and Future Advances in Genomic Diagnoses

february 26       

Catherine Trask

Qualitative Methods - A Primer for Quantitative Researchers, by a Quantitative Researcher

March 5

Jackie Toner

The rising issue of overexertion and its silent influence on workplace injuries involving pushing and pulling tasks

March 12

Julie Kosteniuk                

Issues and Interventions in Rural Dementia Care

March 19

Robyn Reist

Getting to the Bottom of Shoulder Pain: Do Bovine Rectal Palpations Cause Musculoskeletal Disorders?

March 26

Tracy Danylyshen-Laycock

Examining the Relationship Between Leadership, Facilitation, and Short Term Sustainability of a Dementia-Specific Training Program in Rural Long-Term Care Homes

April 2

Luan Chu

Predictors of the First Asthma-related Hospitalization after diagnosis: A Retrospective Birth Cohort using the Saskatchewan Health Databases

April 9

Cindy Deschenes

Rethinking Leadership and Relationality in Research with Indigenous people 

April 23

Sharleen Jahner

An Analysis of the Psychologically Distressing Experiences of Rural Registered Nurses and Perceptions of Organizational Support

September 10 Niels Koehncke

Welcome and Orientation

September 17

George Katselis

Use of Proteonics in Biomarker Discovery for Chronic Diseases

September 24

Adriana Angarita Fonseca

Is there a relationship between physical activity and chronic back disorders? Analysis of three Statistics Canada surveys

October 1

 Ozlem Sari

Writing successful grants – While avoiding common pitfalls

October 8

Dena Burnett

Using desktop micro-computed tomography to evaluate structural properties of the vertebral endplate

October 15

 Samantha Lamborn

Employee Engagement Survey (results and feedback)

October 22

Melanie Bayly

 A scoping review of dementia-related education and support service availability, accessibility and use in rural areas: Barriers and promising solutions

October 29

Roya Gavanji

Modelling rare events data using penalized regression methods with application to Occupational Injury Study

November 5

Shannon Dyck and Michael Nemeth

Radiance cohousing - A friendly green community in the heart of Saskatoon

November 12

No Seminar

Fall Midterm Break

November 19

Liris Smith

The Experience of Physical Activity for Métis Older Adults

November 26

David Kingston

Estimating joint loading in occupational settings and activities of daily living: A biomechanical perspective

From December 3-31

 Christmas break

There will be no seminar

Date          Presenter(s)                               Topic
September 11, 2018        Debra Morgan and Shelley Kirychuk

CCHSA Welcome and Orientation

Sept 18, 2018

Stephanie Horsley

Use of Videoconferencing to Deliver Physiotherapy Services: A Scoping Review of Published and Emerging Evidence

Sept 25, 2018

Abayomi Olaniyi

Needs Assessment for Tuberculosis (TB) and HIV/AIDS Collaborative Programming in Saskatchewan, Canada

Oct 2, 2018

Workplace Safety: a CCHSA discussion of resources and policies

*Note that webex will not be offered for this seminar*

Oct 9, 2018

Sarath Peiris

Add Your Voice to The Conversation Canada

Oct 16, 2018

April Liu

Model Building Using Artificial Neural Networks

Oct 23, 2018

Stefanie Auer

Prevalence of Dementia in Austrian and Czech Nursing Homes  (*Note special time and location. For webex details and room directions, contact 10:30-11:30 am - Health Sciences B450)

Oct 30, 2018

Donald W. Cockcroft

Thunderstorm Asthma

Nov 6, 2018

Jafar Soltan

Technologies for Treatment of Indoor Air

Nov 7, 2018

Grzegorz Brozek, Visiting Scholar

E-cigarettes and Novel tobacco Products - An Epidemiological Approach.  For webex details contact - 10:00 - 11:00.

Nov 13, 2018

No seminar

Fall Midterm Break

Nov 20, 2018

William Pickett

Risk-taking and Health in Rural Adolescent Populations: A National Study

Nov 27, 2018

Josh Lawson

Mental Health and Asthma among Children

Dec 4, 2018

Ulfat Khanam

Predictors of Continuity of Care among Children with Asthma in Saskatchewan

Dec 11, 2018

Saija Kontulainen

Strong Bones Across the Lifetime