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Participate in Research

Research is our way forward in terms of improving lung health and the outcomes of those living with lung disease. Research contributes to the development of new ways of preventing, diagnosing, and treating illness. The outcomes of research could help you, your children, or even your grandchildren and by participating in research, you may gain access to treatments that are not yet readily available to the public.

If participating in research is something you might be interested in, read more about the current opportunities on this page!

Current Opportunities

Allergy and Asthma Study

Asthma

About the Study

Allergies and asthma often occur together. Some of the same substances that trigger allergy symptoms may also trigger asthma symptoms.

Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan Asthma Research Lab are looking for volunteers between the ages of 18 and 65 years of age to participate in a research study investigating a new oral medication for the treatment of allergic asthma.

How to Participate

For more information about this study, and to participate, please email investigator Dr. Beth Davis at beth.davis@usask.ca

Additional information about this study can be found at Asthma Research Lab.

 

 


COPD Care in Saskatchewan

COPD

About the Study

Close to 1 in 10 Saskatchewan residents over the age of 45 years are living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a number that is expected to climb over the next number of years.

Dr. Elizabeth Cooper and her research team from the University of Regina are looking at COPD care in Saskatchewan to better understand what care and supports are available in the province for those living with, and caring for, someone with COPD.

If you are a family member or friend of someone diagnosed and living with COPD, these researchers want to hear from you!

How to Participate

For more information, and to participate in this study, please call 1 (306) 337-2602 or email reynardc@uregina.ca.


Investigation of Immune Status During Long-Term Recovery From COVID-19

COVID-19

About The Study

Long COVID is a debilitating disease that affects several organ and organ systems such as the lungs, brain, and kidneys. However, there is limited understanding of what causes Long COVID and how to treat people who are suffering. In this project we are determining how the immune system is dysregulated during COVID-19 recovery and in Long COVID. The results will be important for determining the causes of Long COVID as well as identifying possible treatments for people suffering from the disease.

Researchers from the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO) are recruiting individuals to donate a blood sample for a research study on immune responses in humans to COVID-19. We are looking for people who 1.) have Long COVID; 2.) had COVID-19 and do NOT have Long COVID; and 3.) have not had COVID-19 ever.

This study will require a time commitment of approximately 30 minutes. As a participant in this study, you would be asked questions related to your health and asked to donate a small amount of blood. Appointments are taking place in Saskatoon and Regina. The study's goal is to understand the immune responses in people suffering from Long COVID.

How To Participate

If you are interested in participating or want more information, please contact Ethan Jansen (ethan.jansen@usask.ca, 306-966-2568) or Brittany Thivierge (b.thivierge@usask.ca, 306-966-6929).


Living With Chronic Disease

Asthma
Chronic Disease
COPD

About the Study

The Aging, Residents, and Caregivers (ARC) Research Unit at the University of Regina are looking to develop a new group for people living with chronic disease in Saskatchewan. This group will focus on providing coping strategies and support that helps people manage their mental health while living with chronic disease.

Prior to developing this group, the ARC Research Unit wants to hear from people in Saskatchewan who are living with chronic disease to get feedback on what to include.

How to Participate

To find out if you are eligible, and to participate in this survey, visit https://bit.ly/arc-chronic-conditions, and for more information about this study, please contact the Aging, Residents, and Caregivers (ARC) Research Unit at arcresearch@uregina.ca

If eligible, and if you choose to participate in the survey, you will have the option of entering a draw for a chance to win 1 of 10 gift cards worth $25.


Making Visible the Life Stories of Families of Children Who Are Immunocompromised (IC) During COVID-19

COVID-19

About The Study

Researchers at the University of Manitoba are interested in learning about the experiences families are having during the COVID-19 pandemic if living with a child who is immunocompromised or has an immune system condition.

Participation in the study involves taking part in virtual interviews and activities using photographs and videos. In-person interviews may be arranged upon request.

Honorariums will be provided in appreciation of participation in this study.

How To Participate

To participate in this study, email the research team with your interest at ingauge@umanitoba.ca or call 204-480-1051.


Philips CPAP Recall Research Study

Sleep Apnea

In June 2021, Philips Respironics issued a voluntary recall of CPAP and other positive airway pressure (PAP) medical devices over concerns about potential health risks due to the breakdown of polyurethane foam used in many of their devices distributed between 2009–2021.

Researchers from the University of Ottawa and University of Calgary are speaking with patients from across Canada who have been affected by this recall.

How to Participate

Participation involves an approximate 30 minute interview, by phone or video call. Modest reimbursement provided.

If interested, email sleepresearch@ucalgary.ca, or phone 403 220 5838.


Sask Long COVID

COVID-19

About The Study

There is growing recognition that many people experience a prolonged recovery after severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). These persisting, new, or relapsing symptoms have now been referred to as Long COVID.

Researchers from the University of Saskatchewan are looking for volunteers with various experiences with COVID-19 to participate in a Long COVID study.

As a participant in this study, you would be asked to take part in a survey conducted online or through a mobile phone app. You will be asked to provide information on your symptoms of Long COVID and how you are currently managing your symptoms or, if you do not have Long COVID you will be asked about these symptoms anyway as they also may be common. Your participation in the survey would involve one to several online/mobile phone app sessions, each of which is approximately 10-20 minutes.

After completing the survey, you may also choose to take part in one online focus group to help identify the resources that may be helpful in managing your symptoms. These discussions will last about 60-90 minutes.

How To Participate

For more information and to participate in this study, visit Sask Long COVID or call 306-966-3338.