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


  • U of A chemistry professor Chris Cairo co-led a new study that identified a mechanism responsible for the harmful buildup of plaque in arteries.
  • A new U of A study is looking into how rural patients with spinal cord injuries can get better care and support during the transitional period of moving back to their communities, reported Global News.
  • The World’s Longest Hockey Game has ended after 252 hours of playing in Edmonton. As of Feb. 15, the game raised more than $1.84 million in support of cancer research at the University of Alberta.
  • The U of A’s dentistry school has partnered with Métis Nation of Alberta to improve access to oral health care.
  • U of A researcher Konrad Fassbender is helping to bridge a gap in Canadians’ knowledge about palliative care.
  • Alberta Health Services President and CEO Dr. Verna Yiu was named one of 30 physicians on the 2021 Power List by the Medical Post, a print magazine produced by the Canadian Health Network.
  • Canadian Plasma Resources is expanding into Alberta this fall, reported CBC News. The private company that pays donors for their plasma will open sites in Edmonton and Calgary, which will have capacity for 100,000 litres of plasma.
  • Applied Pharmaceutical Innovation published a new video, featuring Dr. Robert Foster for his discovery of voclosporin, the first FDA-approved oral drug for lupus nephritis, knows as Lupkynis.
  • PulseMedica was selected for the first cohort of the imYEG program, launched by the U of A and Brass Dome Ventures Ltd. to increase commercialization of research-driven innovations, it announced in a LinkedIn post.


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