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


  • New U of A research revealed a way to prevent breast cancer stem-like cells from evading therapy.
  • According to a new study conducted by U of A researchers, traumatic stress in childhood can lead to brain changes in adulthood. The study noted that these changes can potentially increase the risk of developing mental health disorders.
  • U of A study showed that preventing seizures after a head injury could slow or prevent the onset of dementia.
  • New Canadian-led international research confirmed that it is safe to procure organs for transplant from dying patients once the heart has stopped for a full five minutes. Study co-author and U of A critical care professor Jim Kutsogiannis said the results help build trust with the public in the organ donation and transplantation process.
  • U of A nursing professor Colleen Norris is helping raise awareness of women’s heart health. Norris said the solution is to ensure public health messages show women how they can improve their health, rather than making them feel guilty.
  • Forty local hockey players have already raised over $500,000 in support of a U of A-based clinical trial for a precision cancer drug. The players are trying to reach 252 hours by Feb. 15, breaking the record for the world’s longest hockey game.
  • Two Indigenous Alberta doctors are among five Alberta physicians on the docket for the presidency of the Canadian Medical Association in 2021.
  • Alberta Enterprise and Western Economic Diversification Canada are asking Alberta-based life science companies to take part in a survey that will inform investments and the allocation of resources for investors and policymakers.
  • Ontario-based NeuPath Health announced in a statement the acquisition of Edmonton’s HealthPointe Medical Centres.
  • Antonio Bruni has left Health City after two and a half years with the organization. Bruni announced on LinkedIn that he is now the director of development and operation at Applied Pharmaceutical Innovation.


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