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


  • U of A psychiatry professor Dr. Peter Silverstone said he aims to treat mental illness with psychedelics through his startup company PsiloTec Health Solutions, reported the Edmonton Journal.
  • new study by U of A researchers found that limiting the amount of fat the body releases into the bloodstream from fat cells during heart failure could help improve cardiac function.
  • According to a new study, stents or bypass surgery along with medication is more effective for patients with heart disease whose blood vessels had blockages in high-risk locations.
  • U of A researchers launched a new program to diagnose rare genetic diseases in children.
  • Edmonton-based bio-manufacturing company Future Fields is among 40 finalists for the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) pitch event, taking place March 17-18.
  • U of A neuroscientist Maria Ioannou was recognized with the prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship for her innovative research in lipid biology using medical imaging techniques.
  • The director of the SMART Network at the U of A, Vivian Mushahwar, earned an American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering fellowship in addition to US$2-million in research grants to support spinal cord restoration projects.
  • new scholarship program funded by DeepMind is helping foster diversity in AI research at the U of A by supporting computing science master’s students from underrepresented groups.
  • GlycoNet and the U of A hosted a virtual workshop on Feb. 22 for over 20 high school teachers from Northwest Territories and British Colombia to teach them about glycomics.
  • Applied Pharmaceutical Innovation is hiring for multiple positions, including a clinical regulatory specialist.
  • Alberta Health Services is offering a six-week program called Better Choices, Better Health to help Albertans living with ongoing health conditions.


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