This conference recognizes and promotes the excellent cancer research within the province and provides valuable learning and networking opportunities for the participants. The conference will include keynote lectures, presentations from other researchers and poster sessions featuring the work of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.



Scientific conferences often act as a welcomed source of motivation for clinicians and scientists to come together and build a translational application that can be rapidly progressed to the clinics. Although there are large international cancer conferences such as the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) conferences, they often fail to connect people that work within a local neighborhood. Towards this, the Saskatchewan Cancer Research Conference (SCRC) directly aims to bring all basic scientists and clinicians within the province of Saskatchewan to one place in a single event. We expect that this annual conference will serve as a valuable networking and learning event for students, physicians and scientists that are driven towards one goal - finding breakthrough therapeutics.

Benefit to student and trainees

Beyond hearing inspiring stories, we learn how others solved problems similar to ours, which may help move us past the roadblock in our own research. The students and trainees will have the opportunity to share their research findings with others in their field, learn what others in the field are doing. This can also lead to new ideas that can lead to new opportunities for collaborative efforts. In presenting their work students and trainees will a) Grow as a researcher and presenter; b) Obtain feedback on their research; c) Meet and get to know their peers; and d) Gain visibility in their field.

There will be a poster presentation competition with prizes for trainees:

1) Undergraduate and new graduate students (<1 year as a graduate student MSc or PhD)

2) MSc student (>1 year in MSc program)

3) PhD student (>1 year in PhD program)

4) Post-doctoral fellow

Registration is free and lunch is provided!


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Scott Dehm, University of Minnesota

Professor | Apogee Enterprises Chair in Cancer Research
Masonic Cancer Centre | Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
Department of Urology

Title: Evolution and Plasticity of the Androgen Receptor in Prostate Cancer

The balance of the program will include presentations from Saskatchewan cancer researchers and a poster session where trainees can present their results.


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation we have no option but to cancel the 2020 SCRC.  


Saskatoon, SK - B-wing Health Sciences - Room TBD


If you have any questions about the Saskatchewan Cancer Research Conference, contact:

Lori Amson: phone (306)966-7011; email
Sheila Ash: phone (306)966-7040; email

Organizing Committee

Dr. Keith Bonham (Chair), SCA, Cancer Cluster

Dr. Deborah Anderson (Co-chair), SCA, Cancer Cluster


Past Meetings