The University of Saskatchewan has launched a new research centre focusing on making your breathing a little easier.
Director of the Respiratory Research Centre Donna Goodridge says more than one in four Canadians will suffer from lung disease in their lifetime, and lung cancer kills more people than breast, ovarian, colon and prostate cancer combined. She also notes respiratory illness is the most common cause for child hospitalization. Goodridge feels the impact of respiratory illnesses are undervalued and underresearched, one of the reasons that they want to focus on an inter-disciplinary approach to care and research, which she feels separates them from other breathing research centres across the country. Goodridge says they have access to the Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy and Nutrition, Nursing, Public Policy, and the Western College of Veterinary Medicine on campus, but can also work with other universities, governments and industry partners to come up with solutions to health problems. Current research includes studying lung cancer, sleep apnea, athsma and COPD.