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


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