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 hello@taprootedmonton.ca for consideration.

Here are some highlights from this week’s Health Innovation Roundup:


  • Health Canada approves trial for age-related macular degeneration device. Edmonton optometrist Dr. Brent Saik will conduct an independent trial to test the Nova Oculus II device, which seeks to treat age-related macular degeneration.
  • University of Alberta biologists have found an existing drug — telbivudine — already used for hepatitis treatment that may have the ability to slow the progression of ALS.
  • Alberta Health Services is accepting applications for a new advisory council on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression. The panel is looking for gender and sexual minorities with lived experience in the health care system.
  • The Institute for Reconstructive Sciences in Medicine is offering a six-week online course through the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry on surgical design and simulation.
  • An Edmonton-based, Health Canada-accredited facility, EVIO Canada’s Keystone Labs, received a technological innovation grant from the German-Canadian Centre for Innovation and Research.
  • In case you missed it, Nanostics CEO John Lewis gave a five-minute talk at Falling Walls in Berlin.


  • Nephrologist Dr. Scott Klarenbach will be speaking about real worldevidence and how Alberta’s advantages help to facilitate cutting-edge research development at a brown bag event from noon to 1 p.m. on Jan. 17, 2019 in room 20D of ATB Place at 10020 100 Street.
  • The 2019 Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health Symposium will be held in Edmonton from April 14 to 16.

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