Each week Taproot brings together the latest on the research, technology, companies and people changing health and healthcare for the better in Edmonton. If you have a suggestion for a future edition of the roundup, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration. Here are some highlights from this week’s Health Innovation Roundup: Local headlines Tech solutions for mental health challenges were among the winners at the ATB Transformation’s datathon. Data scientists could choose to tackle one of three themes: mental wellness, precision agriculture, and a customer of “one.” The second place, $5,000 winning team “The Infusers” — two University of Alberta students and a recent graduate — came up with a mental health program to tackle the issue of physician burnout. The problem of burnout can lead to depression, suicide for doctors and a low quality of care or mistakes being made that can impact patients. Alberta Innovates announced the most recent recipients of the Strategic Research Project Program, which has funded 29 projects with $20.9 million, which included several University of Alberta projects in the field of health, including: A project led by Larry Unsworth studying advanced materials for precision health in dialysis; Research led by Greg Korbutt to develop a novel nano-engineered device for clinical islet transplantation; A genetically-encoded technology to map the human glycome led by Ratmir Derda; and Pharmocogenomics for preventing adverse drug reactions in mental health led by Katherine Aitchison. Covenant Health profiled the made-in-Edmonton device Mobili-T, which helps survivors of neck and throat cancers swallow through a small device that they can use in the home, rather than relying on the current therapy device at a clinic. Dysphagia, a common disorder that results from cancer surgery and treatment, impacts patients’ ability to swallow. Concordia University of Edmonton (CUE) and Health City are teaming up to combine applied artificial intelligence with community-driven health initiatives to train students in an incubator space. “We know the development of talent to drive the new health economy in our region is crucial,” Health City CEO Reg Joseph said in a news release. “Concordia University of Edmonton has developed unique opportunities for their students and for entrepreneurs in the health and life sciences that will directly translate to industry. We’re pleased to be collaborating with them on a framework for this kind of long-term university-community partnership.” The agreement will increase the amount of research done at CUE. “Concordia University of Edmonton is proud to be partnering with Health City on this MOU that will enhance our contribution to the health ecosystem in Edmonton in a number of important ways,” said CUE president Tim Loreman. Events The University of Alberta Faculty of Science will host an “Advancements in Life Sciences Industry Mixer” on April 9 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Maple Leaf room of the Lister Centre. Save Your Skin Foundation, Myeloma Canada and CONECTed will host a pre-election Alberta Health Care Town Hall on April 10 at MacEwan University from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. On April 13 the Huntington Disease community will meet for the HD Community Education Forum fro 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Buchanan Centre at 11209 86 Street. The 2019 Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) Symposium will be held in Edmonton from April 14 to 16. The Canadian Care Centre Open House will include tours of of the new medical centre on April 24 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 110, 6925 Gateway Blvd NW. SingularityU Canada’s 2019 Summit will be held in Edmonton on April 23 and 24. This year’s event will focus on challenges concerning Health, Energy, Prosperity, and Citizenship. The John Cameron Changing Lives Foundation will host the fundraising music and speaking event CRESCENDO at the Winspear Centre on May 4 at 7 p.m. TSN sports personality Michael Landsberg and performers with Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree will take the stage in support Addiction and Mental Health Access 24/7. The Canadian Cytometry and Microscopy Association will host its next conference at the University of Alberta on June 17 and 18. You’ll have to travel for: The T4M Start-up World trade show for medical technology innovators will be held in Stuttgart, Germany on May 7 to 9. Abstract submissions for eHealth 2019 have closed, but there is room at the conference for delegates. The conference runs from May 26 to 29 at the Beanfield Centre in Toronto, ON. Inventure$ 2019, an “un-conference” for entrepreneurs and startups to connect with investors, will be held in Calgary from June 7 to 9. Beyond Edmonton B.C. Diabetes is hoping the province will pitch in to fund a “revolutionary” continuous glucose monitoring technology at about $4,000 per year per patient that would mean an end to finger pricks several times a day to draw blood. The Health Innovation Roundup, sponsored by Health City, is a weekly email newsletter written and published by Taproot Edmonton. Sign up to get the full edition delivered directly to your inbox. If you sign up for a Taproot membership using the code HEALTHCITY, you’ll get 10% off the first year.