Our innovation legacy

U of S has been breaking new ground in research since its earliest days.


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Making a Difference:

Saskatchewan health research with impact

University of Saskatchewan researchers have been at the forefront of health research and improving patient care outcomes since the beginning and the revol

Cobalt-60

In 1951, University of Saskatchewan medical physicist Dr. Harold Johns and his graduate students became the first researchers in the world to successfully treat a cancer patient using cobalt-60 radiation therapy. This innovative technology—dubbed the “cobalt bomb” by the media -  revolutionized cancer treatment and saved the lives of millions of cancer patients around the world.





Betatron 42, the only unit of its kind in Canada, in 1973, 
Credit: University Archives, Harold Johns Collection