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Through the inaugural W21C Innovation Academy, which took place on Nov. 12, 2013, 13 health-care innovations competed for the top prize of a $10,000 grant-in-aid.
SnapDx, a Calgary based mobile health startup from Startup Calgary’s co-founder and chairman, Hisham Al-Shurafa, and University of Calgary resident physicians Drs. Rahul Mehta and Aravind Ganesh, took first prize.
A group of junior high students were treated to a behind-the-scenes look inside the Faculty of Medicine's MD program on Nov. 20.
With instruction provided by med student volunteers, about 30 Grade 8 and 9 students from Morley Community School made their way through several medical learning stations in the anatomy lab over the course of the visit. The group was invited to the University of Calgary's Foothills Campus as part of the Aboriginal Health Program's Mini Medical School initiative.
Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in Canadian men, but some men may have a type of the disease that doesn’t require aggressive treatment. As part of a Movember Discovery Grant from Prostate Cancer Canada, University of Calgary researchers are trying to understand indolent (dormant) prostate cancer better, in hopes of developing a test to differentiate dormant versus aggressive disease upon initial diagnosis. Dormant prostate cancer is not aggressive and does not spread, thereby making it less of an immediate threat than aggressive prostate cancer.
Researcher Alexandra Frolkis, has recently been published in the latest edition of the journal Gastroenterology. Alexandra, along with her mentor, Dr. Gilaad Kaplan, has shown that management of IBD has evolved over the past 50 years such that those diagnosed with IBD today will have a dramatically different future than those who were diagnosed as little as twenty years ago.
University of Calgary graduate students teamed up with StemCellTalks, a national outreach group affiliated with the organization Let’s Talk Science, to give high school students the opportunity to see and learn first-hand how stem cells play an integral role in medical research. Held on November 15th, the symposium, hosted at the university’s Foothills campus, saw 35 students, in grades 10-12 attend from eight schools across Calgary.
Each year medical students from the Global and Public Health Interest Group at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Medicine host the Rich Man Poor Man Dinner & Silent Auction to raise money for global health initiatives and local charities. This year’s event, the fifth annual, raised more than $16,500.
Dr. Gordon Fick, PhD, has been appointed Interim Head of the Department of Community Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, effective November 1, 2013.
Dr. Chip Doig, MD, MSc, FRCPC, has been appointed the new Zone Clinical Department Head and faculty Department Head for the Department of Critical Care Medicine. The appointment is effective November 1, 2013.
Dr. Jim Kellner, MD, FRCPC, has been re-appointed Zone Clinical Department Head and faculty Department Head for the Department of Paediatrics. The re-appointment is effective September 1, 2013. Dr. Kellner has held the position since October 1, 2008.
Today, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation announced $1 million in funding to four researchers at the University of Calgary who are working to find better treatments for breast cancer. The gift is part of a $4.77 million announcement made by the foundation to 14 projects in the Prairie/NWT region. Grant recipients include Randal Johnston PhD, Ki Young Lee PhD, Elise Fear PhD and fellowship recipient Jie Chen PhD.
When Community Health Sciences graduate student executive members started thinking back to what was missing from their own block week orientations, the answer had a lot to do with making connections.
“As graduate students new to a program we really didn’t know what kind of landscape we were entering, how competitive it was, what people did to keep themselves sane,” says Zaheed Damani, a PhD student in the MD/PhD Leaders in Medicine program at the University of Calgary. “And we didn’t really know how to link all this research together; there are people in my field who are doing similar work, but it’s only under the most awkward circumstances that you run into each other.”
The group put their heads together last year and started brainstorming an opportunity for new graduate students to meet, network with faculty members, plan out their research paths and see how those paths might fit together to solve real world problems. After forming a core organizing committee with students from the universities of Alberta and Lethbridge, the result was the research-focused Campus Alberta Student Conference in Health (CASCH), which took place Sept. 6 and Sept. 7 at The Banff Centre..
Melatonin is taken by some people to help get a good night’s sleep.
But now, researchers are interested in the hormone as a way to treat concussion.
A University of Calgary team is launching the first study in Canada to investigate the effects of melatonin on the brain activity of teenage patients suffering from a mild concussion
Canadian Minister of Health Rona Ambrose was in Calgary Monday to announce funding for new national research on concussions, with a focus on improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of these injuries in children and youth.
The announcement brings funding for 19 new research projects across the country – including a major project at the University of Calgary on sport-related concussion in youth hockey.
University of Calgary iGEM teams have won Best Entrepreneurial Project and the Best Food and Energy Project at the international iGEM competition at MIT in Boston.
The student teams competed against hundreds of other undergraduates teams to advance to the world finals of the annual iGEM competition (for International Genetically Engineered Machine) for projects that design and build biological systems that operate in living cells.
Alberta Health Services Calgary Zone and the University of Calgary's Faculty of Medicine are very pleased to announce that Dr. Eddy Lang, MD, has been appointed Acting Zone Clinical Department Head and Interim faculty Department Head, Department of Emergency Medicine. The appointment was effective July 1, 2013.
Medical students from Edmonton and Calgary are meeting with Members of the Legislative Assembly on Monday, Nov. 4 to advocate for a ban on flavoured tobacco products.
Meditation and gentle yoga have been proven to be more effective than group therapy in helping breast cancer survivors cope with the stress and anxiety that often follows treatment, according to a recent study from cancer researchers in Alberta and B.C.
A strategy where living kidney donors are paid $10,000, with the assumption that this would increase the number of transplants performed by 5 per cent or more, would be less costly and more effective than the current organ donation system, according to a new study. The findings demonstrate that a paid living donor strategy is attractive from a cost-effectiveness perspective, even under conservative estimates of its effectiveness. The study, co-authored by the University of Calgary’s Lianne Barnieh, PhD, and Dr. Braden Manns, was published in the journal Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN) October 24.
The University of Calgary is launching a new Leader in Health Sciences Scholarship this year. The award — the first of its kind in Canada — is valued at $15,000 per year for four years (total value $60,000) for study within the Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) undergraduate program plus guaranteed admission to the University of Calgary’s medical school provided the student meets MD program criteria.
The scholarship is designed to produce more doctors who have a unique background in research training that enables them to ask and address clinically important research questions. Known as clinician-scientists or physician-scientists, they balance a career as a physician and as a scientific researcher.
Alberta Health Services Calgary Zone and the University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine are very pleased to announce that Dr. Beverly Adams, MD, FRCPC, has been appointed as the Zone Clinical Department Head and faculty Department Head for the Department of Psychiatry.
The appointment is effective July 1, 2013.
Dr. Adams has held this position on an acting basis since January 2012.
What kind of a stand would you take on water health issues if you were part of the World Health Organization (WHO)? Student organizers from the University of Calgary’s Bachelor of Health Sciences program are looking forward to finding out next month.
The inaugural Calgary World Health Organization Simulation (CalWHO) will take place Nov. 9-11 at the Health Sciences Centre on Foothills Campus. Modelled after the MonWHO conference in Montreal, participants will represent a country in a WHO debate on the future of water, framed around environmental health.
CalWHO is a not-for-profit, student-organized event providing a forum for post-secondary students to discuss, debate and learn about global health issues. It’s also an opportunity to explore pragmatic approaches and solutions.
Dr. Gregory Cairncross has been appointed the new Scientific Director of the Southern Alberta Cancer Research Institute (SACRI) effective October 1, 2013, succeeding Dr. Steve Robbins.
Dr. Cairncross is an internationally acclaimed brain cancer researcher who recently completed two terms as head of the Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Medicine. He is also acting associate director of research for the Tom Baker Cancer Centre.
About a third of kids are considered overweight or obese, according to the World Health Organization. In Alberta, that number is estimated at 218,000 children with a weight problem.
A major gift of $1.5 million announced Oct. 15 from the BMO Financial Group will help new research into childhood obesity at the University of Calgary by establishing the BMO Financial Group Endowed Research Fund in Healthy Living.
A newly released expert panel report, The Health Effects of Conducted Energy Weapons, has been released by the Council of Canadian Academies in collaboration with the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. The report provides an in-depth analysis of the state of knowledge regarding the medical and physiological impacts of conducted energy weapons (CEWs).
A new research study involving Alberta Health Services (AHS) and the University of Calgary is now examining whether light therapy will help people with chronic fatigue who have successfully completed their treatment for cancer. Cancer-related fatigue is reported to be one of the most prevalent and distressing symptoms experienced by cancer patients and can last for several months or even years in up to a third of survivors.
Swallowing pills containing a concentrate of fecal bacteria successfully stops recurrent bouts of debilitating Clostridium difficile (C. diff) infection by rebalancing the bacteria in the gut, suggests a study being presented at the IDWeek 2013™ meeting today.
Calgary-based research aimed at saving the lives of more cardiac patients has expanded to include three additional Alberta Health Services (AHS) sites, as well as other locations in Canada and internationally.
Alberta researchers will be able to explore the lymphatic system thanks to a $5 million donation from Dianne and Irving Kipnes. The gift will be used toward the development of a Lymphatic Imaging Suite, education development, and support for recruitment of new researchers.
“The University of Calgary, Faculty of Medicine and the Calvin, Phoebe and Joan Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases are proud to partner with Dianne and Irving Kipnes in support of their gift towards lymphedema research and education,” says University of Calgary President Elizabeth Cannon. “Their generous $5 million support will enable the University of Calgary to establish a collaborative program exploring research into this condition.”
Lymphedema is a chronic infection often associated with excessive swelling because the lymphatic system fails to drain fluid, cells and proteins away from tissues within the body. It is often a complication arising from the treatment of various cancers and melanoma.
Researchers at the University of Calgary are recruiting for a national project studying whether giving pregnant women the pertussis vaccine will protect their newborns for the first few months of life.
“There are roughly one to three deaths in Canada each year due to pertussis and all of them have been in children too young to have begun their immunization,” says Dr. Otto Vanderkooi, a pediatric infectious disease specialist and researcher with the University of Calgary and Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute.
Dr. Janet de Groot, MD, FRCPC, MSc, has been appointed to a second term as Associate Dean, Equity and Professionalism, effective August 1.
Established in 2008, the Office of Equity and Professionalism promotes a culture of respect and equity in the medical education and research environment, supporting patient safety and helping foster greater workplace satisfaction and productivity.
Equity and professionalism are foundational to medicine’s contract with society, and are basic tenets of the public’s trust in its physicians and researchers.
Michael Andrews is 10 years old and cancer-free. But his intense cancer treatments left him with hearing impairment.
When Andrews was a toddler, he was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer. At the time, he received surgery, a stem cell transplant, radiation, and five chemotherapy drugs. Andrews had an adverse reaction to one of the chemotherapy drugs, Cisplatin. It left him with moderate to severe high-pitch hearing loss. He now wears two hearing aids and an FM assistive living device which transmits sound from a microphone worn by a parent or teacher.
Each year medical students from the Global and Public Health Interest Group at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Medicine host the Rich Man Poor Man Dinner and Silent Auction to raise money for global health initiatives and local charities. Now in its fifth year, the event will take place at the university on Oct. 26.
High drug expenses in Canada are a significant barrier for people to access prescription drugs outside of hospital, states an analysis article in Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ). The article, written by University of Calgary researchers was published today.
Currently a professor in the Department of Medicine and the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Mody is part of the Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases, as well as a member of the Immunology Research Group and an associate member of the Respiratory Research Group.
Dr. Leduc joins the faculty from Bond University in Queensland, Australia where is currently (since 2010) an associate professor within the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine.
Trauma surgeons at Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary who have compared injuries between street cyclists and mountain bikers say both groups should consider adding chest protection to their safety gear. Their research study, published in a recent edition of the Canadian Journal of Surgery, looks at incidence, risk factors and injury patterns over a 14-year period among 258 severely injured cyclists in southern Alberta.
September 13 marks the second annual World Sepsis Day and the University of Calgary’s Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases is partnering with with TELUS Spark to host a free educational panel for the general public.
Medical students and the rest of the world can now touch, move and even ‘dissect’ the human body on an Apple iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, thanks to University of Calgary scientists.
Taylor Kemp is doing research to better understand some of the negative outcomes associated with hematopoietic stem cell transplants — a procedure commonly used to treat blood cancers such as leukemia that often come with severe complications. The undergraduate student in the Bachelor of Health Sciences is one of 35 University of Calgary students conducting research in a lab this summer — an opportunity made possible through the Markin Undergraduate Student Research Program (USRP) in Health and Wellness.
Vascular dementia is the second most prevalent dementia after Alzheimer’s disease, accounting for approximately 20 per cent of all dementia cases. The identification of the disease, which is often caused by stroke, is dependent on reliable neuroimaging such as MRI.
Ed McCauley, vice-president (research), has announced that Dr. John Reynolds has been appointed associate vice-president (research) to lead Research Services at the University of Calgary.
The appointment of Reynolds will enable Research Services to assist in delivering on two of our priorities from the 2012 Strategic Research Plan – “create a dynamic environment to promote research excellence” and “match our strengths with opportunities.” With Reynolds’ leadership, Research Services will continue to improve and deliver efficient administration of grant submissions and compliance but will also become more proactive in identifying grant opportunities for our university. Reynolds will begin his new role on Aug. 15, 2013.
People with kidney disease who have a heart attack are 40 per cent less likely to receive life saving heart procedures such as angioplasty or bypass surgery because of fears it could worsen their kidney disease. A new research study from the University of Calgary published this month suggests that the benefits of these procedures in patients with kidney disease may outweigh their risks.
Appendicitis was first recognized in the 19thcentury in industrialized countries. It is a common condition affecting one in 15 North Americans and could be a life-threatening condition if left untreated.
A study published this week in Environmental Health Perspectives by the University of Calgary’s Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases and Institute for Public Health member, Dr. Gil Kaplan, indicates that the air we breathe is in fact potentially associated with increased risks of perforated appendicitis.
Carla began her career at the University of Calgary with the HSARC in 2005. In the spring of 2007, Dr. Paul Kubes was fortunate to recruit her into his laboratory where her humour and vivacious personality was adored by all. She graduated from the University of Alberta, with a B.Sc. Degree in Agriculture in 1990. Her many whippets were the passion of her life. She was well known in the purebred dog community for her Nasusa Whippets and enjoyed both showing and lure coursing.
As many Calgarians are stepping up to lend a hand to those affected by last month’s flood, the university’s medical students are no exception. After an initial e-mail from a medicine faculty member, suggesting to students that if they could go out and volunteer, they should, second-year medical student Robert Schultz took it upon himself to take it one step further.
Congratulations to Dr. David Keegan, MD, CCFP(EM), FCFP, who has accepted the role of Interim Head, Department of Family Medicine, effective July 1, 2013.
In response to the prevalence of major depression in the Canadian population, researchers from the University of Calgary have developed a way to predict those who may be at greatest risk. The findings were published in a study in the Journal of Affective Disorders in June. According to Health Canada, approximately 11 per cent of men and 16 per cent of women in Canada will experience a major depressive episode (MDE) at some point in their life.
Women at high-risk of caesarean section may benefit from elective induction of labour, suggests a new study published this week in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Researchers, from the University of Calgary, have reviewed and provided a meta-analysis of clinical trials on induction of labour to evaluate whether induction affects the risk of caesarean section in women with intact membranes (where the amniotic sac has not yet ruptured).
Dr. Spencer McLean passed away peacefully on June 24, 2013, surrounded by his family after a short but courageous battle with cancer.
Spencer was born in Victoria, B.C., and raised in Grand Forks, B.C., and Fernie, B.C. He moved to Calgary in 1996 to study at the University of Calgary, where he completed a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology, medical school and residency in orthopaedic surgery. On June 13, 2013, he achieved his dream of becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
Faculty of Medicine researchers will put their talents to good use this Canada Day as their heavy metal band, Hellrazer, plays at a local benefit concert to support victims of the devastating flood.
June 26, 2013: A message from President Elizabeth Cannon.
As you may have seen, the University of Calgary is closed Monday, June 24 and Tuesday, June 25. All classes and events have been cancelled or will be postponed. Some staff members are required as essential personnel for emergency and operational purposes.
I want to update you on the situation at the Foothills Campus. We encourage everyone to stay home unless they are absolutely required at work. The Foothills Campus buildings will be open so that essential clinical and academic services can proceed. If research staff are able to get to work you can come and go based on your need to attend to experiments.
Seeking a low cost, effective way to reduce newborn deaths related to asphyxia in resource limited areas, the American Academy of Pediatrics developed the Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) program in 2010
Scientists at the Faculty of Medicine have discovered a mechanism that is used to protect the body from harmful bacteria. Platelets, a component of blood typically associated with clotting, were discovered to actively search for specific bacteria, and upon detection, seal it off from the rest of the body. The findings, published in Nature Immunology this week, provide the science community with a greater understanding of immunity.
A University of Calgary cancer researcher has been appointed by one of Canada’s top healthcare institutes to help lead a research initiative aimed at delivering a more personalized approach to healthcare for Canadians.
Ebba Kurz, PhD, has been appointed Associate Dean, Undergraduate Health and Science Education, and Director, O’Brien Centre for the Bachelor of Health Sciences program, effective August 1, 2013.
Researchers in Calgary are studying the use of a popular gaming system in stroke rehabilitation as part of a nationwide study that could lead to improved outcomes for patients. The multi-centre study examines the effectiveness of using Nintendo Wii – a virtual reality gaming system that detects a wide range of body movements – in rehabilitating stroke patients who have limited mobility in their upper extremities. The study will involve 160 stroke patients across Canada, including 10 each at Foothills Medical Centre and Dr. Vernon Fanning Centre.
June 13, 2013: At approximately 1 pm the TRW and HRIC buildings on Foothills campus were evacuated due to a gas leak. The fire department has investigated, and issued an 'all clear' for both buildings at approximately 3 pm. Gas supply has been restored.
The research team from the McCaig Institute for Bone & Joint Health at the University of Calgary has developed a test method whereby they can detect those who will develop OA early in the progression of the disease
The University of Calgary has purchased three next-generation genome sequencers, thanks to a $5.5 million community gift from the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation
Finding better treatments for kidney disease is one of eight projects at the University of Calgary receiving new funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). Other research topics funded today focus on mental health addictions, virtual team effectiveness, mini-detection sensors, stem cells, pain in animals and humans, coronary artery disease, and environmental stress on fish.
Children with stomach flu who arrive at the Alberta Children’s Hospital emergency department will soon have the option of participating in a national research study examining the effectiveness of a probiotic.
A landmark research study that tracked 3.5 million Canadians with high blood pressure for up to 12 years has found that men, the elderly and people living in low-income or rural areas generally have poorer health outcomes than other segments of the population.
Undecided on her career goal, Rita Watterson decided to spend a couple of years globetrotting after completing her undergraduate degree.
What she witnessed in those travels would come to shape her academic path. Her journey reaches a landmark on Thursday, May 9, when she graduates from the University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine and begins a residency in psychiatry.
Currently, there is no cure for fibromyalgia but the guidelines set out the most appropriate management strategy.
A team of researchers at the University of Calgary’s Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI) have discovered that adult brain cell production might be determined, in part, by the early parental environment. The study suggests that dual parenting may be more beneficial than single parenting.
Three University of Calgary researchers — David Hall, Dylan Pillai, and Ed Nowicki — were among 102 researchers from around the world awarded Grand Challenges Canada Stars in Global Health funding on Monday.
The University of Calgary has played a large role in a new collaborative study, published in Nature Genetics earlier this week. Researchers identified twelve different genes believed to be the key players in the development of an autoimmune liver disease known as primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC). PSC affects approximately 10 per cent of those with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and there is currently no cure. The study’s discovery could lead to a stronger understanding of the disease as well as more effective personalized treatment options.
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Dr. Joseph (Joe) S. Davison who passed away on April 13, 2013.
Dr. Davison joined the Faculty of Medicine in 1982 as a professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics. He served as head of the department from 1988 through 1998, and was a founding member of the Gastrointestinal Research Group. Dr. Davison was most recently a professor in the departments of physiology and pharmacology, and medicine.
In memory of Dr. Davison, the Dr. Joseph S. Davison Memorial Award will be created at the University of Calgary to assist graduate students in the study of gastrointestinal physiology. Donations can be made online via: netcommunity.ucalgary.ca/davisonaward. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 10:30 a.m.
In the year 2000 there were about 10 cases of malaria in the city compared to 2011 when there were over 50 cases detected.
Four years ago, Michael Lang worked as a ski patroller, adventure guide, and was self-proclaimed as being fit and eating healthy (most of the time). Today, the University of Calgary Master of Science student has taken his life in a different direction, shifting his focus to young adults affected by cancer
Researchers at the University of Calgary’s Hotchkiss Brain Institute have discovered that stress circuits in the brain undergo profound learning early in life. These discoveries culminated in the publication of two back-to-back studies in the April 7 online edition of Nature Neuroscience, one of the world’s top neuroscience journals.
Dr. Beattie is currently Assistant Dean, Graduate Science Education, director of education for the Southern Alberta Cancer Research Institute (SACRI) and an associate professor in the departments of biochemistry and molecular biology, and oncology.
Research teams across Canada, including from the University of Calgary, will be working to develop personalized approaches to treating diseases with funding from the federal government.
A new study from the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Medicine has shown there is a significant link between vitamin D insufficiency and adverse health outcomes in mothers-to-be and newborns. The study is published in the British Medical Journal today. Researchers carried out a systematic review and meta-analysis of all existing evidence on the effect of vitamin D concentration on pregnancy and birth outcomes. Observational data has suggested a link between low vitamin D and increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes such as gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, risk of infections, caesarean section, and fetal growth restriction such as low birth weight. Knowledge of these associations is however limited.
Medicine is associated with the sciences such as chemistry, biology and physiology; however, many medical professionals will say that the liberal arts and humanities, such as art, history and communications, also have a vital role in medicine and medical education. Earlier this month, the Faculty of Medicine hosted the first annual Humanities in Health Care symposium designed to promote greater use of the humanities in medical education, subsequently influencing practice.
Researchers investigated the appropriateness of low back and head MRIs and concluded many requests for these scans are not needed. In a joint study led by the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta, using methodology developed at the RAND Corporation, 2,000 MRI requisitions placed in Edmonton and Ottawa were examined to determine if they were appropriate. “We had suspected that MRI scans might be overused but we had to do the study to be sure,” says Dr. Tom Feasby, a neurologist at the University of Calgary and a member of the Institute for Public Health and the Hotchkiss Brain Institute. “We wanted to gather evidence to help make the health system safer and more effective.”
Individuals with developmental disabilities often face limited educational and employment opportunities, discrimination, and are subsequently more susceptible to live lives of poverty, social isolation, abuse and loneliness. The University of Calgary’s Anne Hughson, PhD, has dedicated the past 25 years of her work to initiate and implement inclusive post-secondary education opportunities for those with developmental disabilities in hopes that it will help them secure better employment opportunities. In February she was invited to attend the second annual ZeroProject conference held in Austria to present the work. The purpose of the conference was to discuss ideas, policies and practices that have been shown to help in overcoming barriers to people with disabilities securing employment.
University of Calgary microbiologist Carla Davidson, PhD, came in second on the reality television show, Canada’s Greatest Know-it-All. Davidson specializes in vaccine development and science outreach. She was one of 10 contestants competing for the title on the Discovery channel program
“It was a very unique group of people and we all approached problem solving in different ways,” says Davidson. “It was a rare gift to be able to have that big of an adventure, and pit yourself against other people who think they're too smart for their own good.”
Three members of the University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine are among those chosen by a peer-review panel of Canadian and international experts for the impact of their work on the health and well-being of Canadians and others worldwide.
Faculty of Medicine researcher Aaron Goodarzi is a new recipient of the Canada Research Chair in Genome Damage and Instability Disease. Canada Research Chair funding was also renewed for Deborah Marshall, Derek McKay, both from the Faculty of Medicine, and Masaki Hayashi, from the Faculty of Science.
Clinician researchers are offering help to expecting women who suffer from IBD. A new clinic at the Foothills Medical Centre has opened to offer advice, counseling, and specialized care for women with IBD who are pregnant or are looking to become pregnant.
A leading sports medicine researcher from the University of Calgary is the co-author of a just-published international report that offers a consensus view among scientists and doctors about the treatment of concussion.
Dialysis patients using catheters to access the blood have the highest risks for death, infections, and cardiovascular events compared with patients using other types of vascular access, according to an analysis appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN). The authors note that more research is needed to determine individual patients’ risks, however.
Corrine McDonald lost one of her best friends to cancer six years ago. So when the first-year medical student at the University of Calgary had a chance to help raise funds for cancer research, she volunteered — head-first, so to speak.
McDonald was one of 17 students who shaved their heads in support of medical research. The event, organized by the first-year medical school class, raised $21,500 for the Canadian Cancer Society towards the research and treatment of gastrointestinal (GI) cancers.
While mindfulness may be practiced in many teachings of Buddhism, it’s a relatively new concept in terms of health-care application, and a new study from the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Medicine has found that its practice may help breast cancer patients cope with their diagnoses.
Eight undergraduate students from the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Medicine received funding as part of the Markin Undergraduate Student Research Project (USRP) in Health & Wellness, during the Fall 2012/Winter 2013 session.
Thanks to routine childhood immunization, Calgary is among the first cities in the world to record the near eradication of some of the more serious forms of illness caused by a common bacterium.
A new book addresses that question from the perspective of donor-conceived people. The Right to Know One’s Origins is a collection of essays from ethicists, legal scholars, heath scientists and donor conceived people that argues there should be a legal right to identity disclosure.
An Alberta research team is making significant advances in recognizing and treating the least understood and toughest-to-diagnose form of heart failure. Diastolic heart failure occurs when the heart fails to fill with enough blood because the heart muscle has become stiff. About 40 per cent of heart failure patients – roughly 32,000 Albertans – have diastolic heart failure but it can only be confirmed through diagnostic imaging exams, such as echocardiography or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans.
Researchers in Calgary have launched the first gene therapy clinical trial in the world for Fabry disease, a rare inherited enzyme deficiency that can shorten the lifespan of people who have it by as much as 40 years.
Canada’s Greatest Know-It-All returns to the Discovery Channel for a second season and features a University of Calgary microbiologist as one of the contestants. Carla Davidson, PhD, specializes in vaccine development and science outreach. She is one of 10 contestants competing in the reality television show for the title of Canada’s Greatest Know it All.
Calgary hospitals are pushed to more than 100 per cent capacity with recent spikes of influenza and Norovirus cases. University of Calgary infectious disease experts indicate various reasons for the recent surge in both influenza and Norovirus-associated hospitalizations this year.
A funding injection of $4,739,000 from the Government of Canada through the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) will help complete the new Mobility and Joint Health research clinic at the University of Calgary. The facility is a cross-campus success story, with a multidisciplinary team of researchers representing several different faculties including medicine, engineering and kinesiology, working in one shared space.
The Faculty of Medicine will be hosting a unique wall-sized photo montage honouring Calgarians affected by dementia, their family members and care partners. The Unforgettable Tribute mural created by the Alzheimer Society of Calgary will be on display in the Health Research Innovation Centre atrium from Jan. 7 to 11 near the On The Go coffee area.